bob -- actually i was using a ratchet cutter. you're right, especially in a tight space like i was working in, it's a huge plus. failing to call things by their right name is a big mark of the amateur. how many times have you gone to the supply store and asked for that widget that goes between the thingies, like i do all the time. :)
by the way, given your history lesson, mine was made at monitor iron works. i'm in baltimore, btw.