John shares his knowledge of fiber optics by answering your specific questions
Why do fiber optic cleavers cary so greatly, both in terms of price and design?
Fiber optic cleavers can cost between $130 and $5,000. Most cleavers that are priced under $500 rely on simple mechanisms to cleave fiber. These cleavers are suitable for preparing single fibers for mechanical splices, quick-termination connectors and bare fiber adapter applications.
Cleavers over $500 are usually precision tools that are capable of producing the close-tolerance cleaves that are necessary for fusion splicing.