Three Wire Cutters 20120618 JSCC

Three pairs of wire cutters. From top: long-nose pliers with side cutters, lineman's pliers, high-leverage diagonal cutters. Josiah Carberry Collection.

Wire cutters are tools for cutting wire. They may be a dedicated tool, such as diagonal cutters, they may be one of several tools on a multi-tool, or they may be a secondary function on a tools whose main function is something else (often a pair of pliers).