Adam Savage's Favorite Tools: Handheld Sheet Metal Brake

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Irwin Vise-Grip Sheet Metal Tool:
Irwin Quick-Grip Clamps:

For makers who use any kind of sheet metal, this is an important tool: the handheld sheet metal brake. It’s basically a pair of pliers purpose-built for bending thin sheet metals. Adam has three pairs of these at different angles, and use them more than you’d think. They’re fantastic for getting nice flat bends on small tabs of metal!

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Adam Savage’s Tested says:

Links: Irwin Vise-Grip Sheet Metal Tool:
Irwin Quick-Grip Clamps:
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xealit says:

Brilliant indeed!

M Merriman says:

Oh, Adam! I think you just changed my life…..

Peter W says:

It is nice that Adam has stayed down to earth, “here is a great tool, less than 20 bucks”

Genesis says:

Why not just use a press brake if you've got shop space?

Eoku says:

Haha, this is exactly what I was looking for!

ConsolidatedPBY says:

Duck Bills, Lips, Tongs, Seamers, whatever you wanna call'em, these are handy as hell.

Paul Benedict says:

Hats off to this company.

KobraVR says:

I love you Adam this is just what I needed

Sam S says:

Adam smashed his finger lol

Whatevurb99 says:

My boss had a few of these tools. I never saw anyone else with these pliers. I always thought my boss welded them from a set of regular vice grip pliers and some scrap metal since he often made special tools for certain jobs. Had no idea these were a regular tool

Brandon Brady says:

In the sheet metal industry we call em tongs

Paul Speakman says:

I was an aluminum products installer for several years and these are indispensable.

Poo Cock says:


Poo Cock says:

Jamie is better

Poo Cock says:

I care about your wedding

Cody Marijuonko says:

I ran a break for years. Something extremely soothing about a break

CornBreadCuban says:

Well that just saved me $$$.


i have one of those and had no clue that's what it was for!! i have always just used it as a wide clamp for welding!

Nick Houck says:

welding clamp

mavallarino says:

Mmmm… I think the table was fundamental in this!

Christopher Richardson says:

welding clamps!!??? all shapes and sizes. So easy to adapt standard Mole grips as they are known in UK

TheDirtdirt says:

What watch is he wearing?

PhunkBustA says:

i see you smacked your finger, did the nail drop off? 🤣
ive been there before haha

José Landaverde says:

I found one of these in my dad's toolbox and wondering what it did.

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