> I never use housing cutters to cut cables.  Housing cutters are made to 
> cut SIS housing only.  I use a decent quality one I bought at a bike shop. 
>  For brake housing, I use diagonal cutters (dikes, side cutter). I take the 
> diagonal cutters and make little cuts all the way around the cable cutting 
> the plastic covering only, but chomping hard enough that when one edge gets 
> to the edge of in the wound housing, I can feel it.  At that point I close 
> the cutters so it splits open the crack and cuts it. No crushing. A few 
> swipes with a file and an 'ice pick' to open the lining hole and it's good. 
> Sharp Dikes cut the inner cables the best. 


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