Tin snips, also known as tinner’s snips or shears, are scissor-like hand tools used for cutting sheet metal. They can also be used for cutting vinyl sheet, canvas, cardboard and heavy fabric. Made of drop forged carbon steel, they have long handles, short blades and extra wide jaws.
There are a few different kinds of tin snips. Basic snips are good for cutting lightweight sheet metal in straight lines, but if you want to cut curved lines, circles and arcs, then you need to use snips with curved blades.