Chip velocity is a crucial parameter in metal cutting. The continuous variation of chip velocity in primary shear zone can not be obtained from conventional shear plane model. Therefore a general streamline model was used to investigate the distribution of chip velocity field in metal cutting. This paper also verified the continuity of plastic flow in metal cutting by tracing the variation of particle area. The velocity of chip material was calculated from the mathematical expression of streamline model. The velocity results were compared with conventional shear plane model.