The poor relation of knapped flint, snapped flints are generally flints sourced from quarries or gravel pits that have been snapped in half. Like their knapped cousins they are generally black or shades of grey. Predominantly laid randomly, snapped flint can also be laid in courses. Depending on location, and proximity to quarries, this style was principally used historically on buildings of high status.

Random snapped flints make much better use of the endless variations in size and shape of naturally occurring stones than knapped and is therefore much less wasteful. Snapped cobbles are occasionally used. Tight jointed random snapped cobbles with the bottom edge shaped are known as fish scales when used in walls (see slide show above)