Park CN-10 cable / housing cutter and crimper
Park says: The CN-10 Cable and Housing Cutter is a shop quality cutter designed specifically for use on all bicycle cables and housing, including hard-to-cut index housing. The CN-10 has cold forged, heat treated steel handles for strength and precision ground cutting jaws for a clean cut on every cable. Dual density molded grips are specially contoured for superior comfort and control. The CN-10 has a built in crimper for cable end caps and a forming hole for reforming housing ends and housing ferrules. A wire latch holds the handles together when not in use.
Porkchop says: If you've ever tried to cut brake or derailleur cable or cable housing with a pair of dikes or linesman pliers, you know it makes for a messy cut, if you can even cut all the way through - then good luck threading that ragged cable end through the housing. But don't make the mistake of buying just a set of "cable cutters" from the hardware store - if they cost less than $30 you will probably see "For copper cable only" written on the package somewhere. Those are going to be destroyed in short order with steel cable, not to mention the leverage design of copper cable cutters is still going to make it hard to cut through steel cable. I looked for months for a "deal" on steel cable cutters and finally realized the upper $30's and up is what they cost - and for good reason! If you've never used a set of CN-10's or similar steel cable cutter, you have no idea how easy it can be to make clean, easy cuts in cable and cable housing. I've been known to buy cheapie tools when "good enough" works just fine. But cutting steel cable and housing for your bike is just not one of those applications - this is where there is only one tool to do the job RIGHT: the CN-10.