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Score and Break Method
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This technique requires end-cutting pliers, or dykes. By the way, it is 5 times easier to cut wire with end-cutting pliers than with side-cutting or diagonal-cutting pliers.
1. Score the near side of the spring very lightly. Experiment here, but you will be amazed at how little scoring it takes to make a clean cut.
2. Grab the opposite side of the spring (again very lightly so you don't mar the wire)
3. Rotate the link toward you. If the ring doesn't pop right off try scoring a little deeper.
That's it. I can cut 200 links in about 10 minutes this way, and the ends are all flush.
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