Superior Ceramic Tile Nippers

12 Reviews
$32.50 to $38.43

Product Details

Product Details

Superior Ceramic Tile Nippers

Superior tile nippers are manufactured from the best quality carbide tungsten steel made in the U.S.A.

Superior tile nippers are not recommended for use on porcelain tile


  • Made for lasting durability, they are the finest quality obtainable
  • Length 8 inch (20.32 cm)
  • Tile nippers are used to make circular cuts in ceramic tile
  • Use for straight or angled cuts although you will find it much easier to use a tile cutter or wet saw to make these types of cuts
  • Take small "nips" or "bites" out of it using the tile nippers. Take your time and keep the "bites" small, otherwise you risk breaking the tile and having to start all over again
  • Once the tile is completely cut use a piece of 60 grit sandpaper or a special rubbing stone used by ceramic tile contractors to smooth the finished edge. Especially when the cut will be exposed (e.g. around shower drains) as the edge of the cut tile will be very sharp
  • Handle stop to protect tips
  • Center spring returns jaws to the open position

#80 Superior Carbide Nipper ST020 - 5/8" Offset Jaws

  • 5/8" biting surface area
  • 3/16" opening
  • Both cutting edges straight
  • Cuts ceramic tile

#85C Superior Carbide Nipper ST022 - 5/8" Centered Jaws

  • 5/8" biting surface area
  • 3/16" opening
  • One Jaw convex, one jaw straight for easy bite action

#25 Superior Carbide Nipper for Thin Tile ST025 - 1/8" Opening, 5/8" Offset Jaws

  • 5/8" biting surface area
  • 1/8" opening for thin tiles
  • Both cutting edges straight
  • Cuts wall (thin) tile

#40 Superior Carbide Nipper ST021 1/2" Offset Jaws (Both Edges Straight)

  • 1/2" biting surface area
  • Both cutting edges straight
  • 3/16" Opening refers to gap when jaws are closed
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1/16/2015 4:52 pm

Nice but not useful to me

by Siding boy -

I don't think the description of the product mentioned that the jaws had a gap, which turned out to be larger than the fiber-cement siding that I intended to cut. Nice pliers, but didn't suit my purpose.

1/16/2015 4:52 pm

Use the tools the pros use

by The Teacher -

I am a 19 yr professional. There are a lot of new tools out there. Nippers aren't used as much anymore. Let me tell you one thing about Superior "green handle" nippers: When you need to use a pair of nippers, you need the correct ones. I have tried 6-8 different brands (QEP) but I always come home to the comfort and quality of my Superior brand nippers.

1/16/2015 5:02 pm

They really are Superior

by Janet -

My husband has been a professional tile installer for nearly 45 years. These are the only nippers he'll use, and unfortunately, our local tile distributors don't carry them anymore. Thanks, Contractors Direct for being a great resource.

3/26/2015 7:07 pm

not worth the money

by dw

I purchased the blue handled superior tile nippers earlier this month and today was only the third time I used them, well I was trying to nip porcelain tile and one of the carbide tungsten tips snapped and sheared clean off, for $22 I thought these would be a great pair off tile nippers!! Turns out I was wrong, I had better luck with a $10 pair!!

4/28/2015 8:36 pm


by Dan

Two pairs of nippers broke in less than a month while nipping bisque body tile. The braze holding the carbide to the jaw failed each time. Don't waste your money.

6/8/2016 12:59 am

The best...except

by Carlos

Been doing tile for 50 years (Dad started me as a kid). These green nippers (biters) have been around for that long. They have the best feel, sharpness, ease of use for forming that shape you need. Many years ago, they cheapened the carbide tip and bond to the nipper frame. Disappointing. I've seen them with the tip separated new in the box! But most often they are good and wear well. Just make sure you buy from a supplier who will warranty them if they don't last. And never ever use them for hard porcelain. They are still my favorite and the only ones I have in my tool box. (yes I've tried the others)