I am just sure there is a cake decorating tool that is like gardening shears that will cut through the standard dowels. I am not even going to admit what I am cutting with now.
some people use dog toe nail clippers LOL New ones hopefully hahhahahah..anyhow there is this thing at Sears that I've heard cuts through them like a knife through butta....check it out.
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I use clippers meant for gardening. the women at the cake supply store i brought them from highly reccomended them. they work just fine.
I am depending on my DH for this job.
I use pruning shears, the ones used in the garden for roses, etc. I keep them hidding so they will not get mixed up with the ones for outside.