New for 2022
is the all new and VASTLY improved Piranha Line Cutter!
This new Piranha Line Cutter is a VAST improvement over the original Piranha cutter!
It is smaller, lighter, MUCH more powerful and it is EXHAUSTLESS & QUIET!
Straight talk about line cutters
The Piranha line cutter is not the first line cutter to be offered to the High Powered Rocket Community. While it is not known who first made a line cutter for high powered rocketry, I believe that the Arch-type line cutter had been the most popular. It had an aluminum body and presumably a steel cutter and a steel Allen screw cap.
Then came the original Piranha cutter with its precision machined all stainless steel construction, it was a huge improvement over any other cutter that had then been offered to the rocketry community. The original Piranha cutter worked as intended and would reliably cut a single Zip-tie (Cable tie) if loaded with Black Powder, it was not reliable with any of the Black Powder Substitutes.
Now in 2022, every other small cable cutter made has been obsolete with the new and improved Piranha line cutter! The new Piranha cutter can work in a vacuum, can work in extreme cold. It is smaller lighter and exhaustless! And with BP becoming harder to find, it works well with any of the BP substitutes!
Why choose the all new and VASTLY improved Piranha line cutter over any other line cutter?
Precision Machined all Stainless Steel Construction!
Very powerful for its small size
Compact - 3/8" x 1.65"
Lightweight- about 16 gms
Works well with BP Substitutes such as Triple Seven and Pyrodex P
Lifetime Tech Support!
$55 each or $95 for two (Redundant devices are always recommended)
Make no mistake about it, for doing Dual Deployment from a single compartment using a drogue parachute in the traditional manner, there is nothing better than the Tender Descender or the new TD-2.
So then why use a line cutter?
Flying Drogueless with a bound parachute
While a Tender Descender works ok for holding together a "burrito wrapped" parachute, it is not really the best method of restraining the bound parachute. Truly the best method of restraining a Nomex bound parachute is with either light weight nylon cord or with a plastic zip-tie. The cable cutter is used to quickly release this restraint at an altitude determined by your altimeter and free the parachute to deploy.
Reefing a parachute for dual deployment using a single parachute.
Now THIS is exciting! The Stainless Steel Piranha Cable Cutter can be used to employ a single parachute as both the drogue and the main by "reefing" the chute so that as a drogue the parachute acts more like a streamer then when the reefing line is cut and released the chute can fully inflate to become the main!