Sit in a sturdy chair with a wastebasket in front of you. Lean forward and position your feet about 1 to 2 feet apart. This is so that you can place the wastebasket in between your feet.
Hold the heavy gauge wire with your non-dominant hand. Allow the wire end to extend approximately 6 to 8 inches out of your hand.
Make a circular cut all around the circumference of the heavy gauge wire with the knife blade. Use caution to avoid cutting too deeply, this may nick the surface of the wire.
Point the end of the wire away from your body.
Slide the knife blade into the circular cut and then angle the blade away from your body so that it skims along the surface of the wire. This action cuts away the coating on the wire. Do this on each side of the wire. Allow the coating to fall into the wastebasket.
Repeat the action by extending the wire further out from your non-dominant hand each time. Continue to make circular cuts and strip the wire until the coating is completely removed.