Terms of the Trade: What Are Tin Snips?

A pair of tin snips.

Tin snips (also known as tinner's snips or tinner snips), are essentially scissors used to cut sheet metal. They have long handles and short blades, but usually have extra wide jaws, unlike most scissor-type tools. There are two main types of tin snips: straight-pattern and duckbill-pattern. As the name suggests, straight-pattern tin snips are used for cutting straight lines, while duckbill-pattern are used to cut curves and circles.