Quick Tip: Tin Snips

With the right pair of razor-sharp tin snips, you can easily make straight or curved cuts in sheet metal.

Don’t wreck a good pair of scissors trying to cut metal. You need a good pair of tin snips. Tin snips look and work a lot like scissors. For cutting circles and curves, use hawks-bill tin snips. Duck-bill snips have narrow blades that easily cut straight lines, gentle curves, as well as screen and wire. Aviation snips have a spring hinge for leverage and easy handling.

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