I replaced my brake cable and housings over the weekend - these are Chorus 10 spd brake levers. I couldn't get the "old" ferrules out of the brake lever assembly. I didn't have any qualms about reusing them, but I found that it was hard to get the new cable through the housing and ferrule once the factory end had been cut off (I had to pull the new cable out once after I shortened it at the brake end and wound up using a new cable since I couldn't get the cut end through the brake lever body).
I am using a Park cable tool and it cuts the cable effortlessly and leaves a very clean end, just not clear enough. These are SS cables so solder is out.
Any thoughts on how best to get the ferrule out of there? Maybe a magnet?