About Midwest Tool & Cutlery Co.

The Right Tools Since 1945

Midwest Tool and Cutlery Company (Midwest) began manufacturing metal cutting snips and related hand tools in Sturgis, Michigan in 1945. Today, Midwest is a privately held Michigan corporation that operates manufacturing facilities in Sturgis, MI; Grand Rapids, MI; Kalkaska, MI; and Caledonia, OH.

In the beginning, Midwest operated as the highest quality private label manufacturer of edge hand tools for many leading professional quality brands. Today, the company’s Midwest Snips® national brand has become a leading tradesman brand both domestically and in many regions globally. All models of the company’s Midwest Snips aviation and tinner snips are manufactured by Midwest in its USA facilities.

As a leading innovator and manufacturer of metal cutting snips and specialty hand tools, Midwest has developed and owns numerous product design and utility patents that enhance Midwest product performance.

Midwest Forge Division

Midwest Tool & Die Division
About Midwest Tool and Cutlery Company

The World's Best Snips


Blade Life

The blade life and cutting performance of Midwest's aviation and tinner snips are lab and field-test proven to exceed that of all other manufacturer's snips.


Midwest's blades are stronger, more durable, and outlast all others because they are formed from a hot drop-forging process and are not stamped or cast.


Midwest's blades require the least amount of hand pressure to complete a cut and stay in adjustment longer than any other manufacturer's snips.