a nail cutter is perfect for flat surfaces where there is no space between the tie and the package
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New Use for Nail Nippers

You can turn to a toolbox staple if you refuse to buy a special tool just for opening stuff. TOH's Sal Vaglica often uses nail nippers, or nail cutters, to free zip-tied products. "When there is no room to get a blade or scissor between a zip tie and the surface of a product—for example, the throttle cord that is zip-tied to the handle of my lawn mower—the flat-tip of the nail cutter clips the zip toe off without having to needle its way in," he says. His favorites are the High Leverage End Cutting Nippers shown here. About $40; Knipex
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