High leverage ratchet mechanism for single-handed cutting of copper and aluminum cables, leaving no burrs or sharp edges. Patented two-step ratchet mechanism requires fewer strokes per cut. Quick release opens blades easily in every cutting position. (Allows removal of the cable before completion of cut). Precision ratcheting mechanism holds cable tight and allows rapid, straight cuts with minimum effort. Hardened steel cutting blades for lasting strength and sharpness. Plastic covered handles with hand guards for Comfort and firm grip. Locking lever keeps handles closed for easy transport; fits in a toolbox or bag.