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October 28, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Channellock 968 Forged Wire Strippers

Channelock Forged Wire Strippers

Channellock Showcases Strength with Forged Wire Strippers

Created with those in the automotive, HVAC, and electrical fields in mind, the Channellock 968 Forged Wire Strippers expand the brand’s line of specialty hand tools. Made from 100% forged U.S. steel, these wire strippers should provide plenty of strength and quality for any wire stripping needs. The deal with this new model is that it provides significant leverage while adding a curved cutting shear and reaming head.


10-Second Summary

  • Model: Channellock 968
  • Made from 100% U.S. forged steel
  • Strips 10-20 AWG solid and stranded wire
  • Screw shears machined to prevent damage to threads on 6-32 and 8-32 machine screws
  • Curved cutting shear designed to contain material during handling
  • Xtreme Leverage Technology requires less force to cut
  • Spring-loaded handle
  • Handle lock
  • Reaming head
  • Comfort grips
  • Price: $44.99

American-Made Strength and Precision

The Channellock Forged Wire Stripper, made in the USA from high-carbon forged steel, strips and cuts 10-20AWG solid and stranded wire. It features Channellock’s Xtreme Leverage Technology, letting you apply more leverage without the proportional amount of force.

We’re fans of any wire stripper that gives you easier and faster cutting and shearing. Combined with the Channellock Blue Comfort grips, you get a pair of wire strippers that reduce hand fatigue over traditional wire strippers. You can really see it in the stout design—these forged wire strippers do more with less effort.

Channelock Forged Wire Strippers

Channellock has also machined the screw shears on the Forged Wire Stripper to prevent damage to the screw threads. We definitely look forward to testing that in more depth. So far they make quick work of 6-32 and 8-32 machine screws.


One other feature we like is the curved cutting shear. It channels Romex and wire to keep it in place during handling and cutting.

Additionally, the Channellock 968s feature a reaming head that lets you deburr, clean, and also flare conduit up to 1 inch. This works due to precision-machined grooves on the reaming head.

Lastly, the Channellock Forged Wire Stripper has a spring-loaded locking handle for safe storage.

Pricing and Availability

The Channellock 968 Forged Wire Strippers retail for $44.99. You can find them from any number of retailers, or you can order them directly from Channellock by clicking here.

Channellock Forged Wire Stripper Specs

  • Model: Channellock 968
  • Overall Length: 7.5 in.
  • Jaw Length: 2.6 in.
  • Joint Thickness: 0.39 in.
  • Joint Width: 1 in.
  • Cutting Edge: 0.85 in.
  • Nose Width: 0.14 in.
  • Nose Thickness: 0.14 in.
  • Handle Span: 1.89 in.
  • Weight: 0.98 lbs.
  • Price: $44.99

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