Kitchen Shears

These versatile scissors are one of the best investments you can make -- gently snipping herbs, slicing meats into perfect cubes, cutting through thick food packaging. Shear genius, we say!
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1) Oxo Good Grips Kitchen and Herb Scissors
(The retired couple)
$17, oxo.com
UPSIDE Comes apart for easy cleaning; micro-serrated blade grips food well; comfy cushioning on handles absorbs pressure; accomodates large hands; features an herb stripper.
DOWNSIDE Not dishwasher-safe; reassembling blades can be awkward.

2) J.A. Henckels International Take Apart Kitchen Shears
(The multi-tasking mom)
$23, amazon.com
UPSIDE Comes apart for easy cleaning; micro-serrated blade grips food well; heavy-duty handles resist cracking; features a bottle opener and nutcracker.
DOWNSIDE Expensive.

3) Füritechnics Rachael Ray Gusto-Grip Basics
(The budget cook)
$10, cooking.com/rachaelray
UPSIDE Inexpensive; comes apart for easy cleaning; comfy antimicrobial handles.
DOWNSIDE Not dishwasher-safe; reassembling blades can be awkward.

4) Kuhn Rikon Kitchen Shears
(The kitchen gardener)
$20, bedbathandbeyond.com
UPSIDE Spring-action blades mimic garden shears; self-sharpening; features a bottle opener and herb stripper.
DOWNSIDE Not dishwasher-safe; thick blades are too clunky for tight spaces; spring action can fatigue hands and has no protective lock; short handles.

5) Victorinox Kitchen Shears
(The meticulous chef)
$19.40, swissarmy.com
UPSIDE Sharply tapered blade good for delicate jobs like boning fish; supersharp micro-serrated blade grips food well; crackproof handles; features a bottle opener.
DOWNSIDE Need to unscrew at joints to take apart to clean and dry thoroughly.

USE YOUR KITCHEN SHEARS TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

Pan-Roasted Butterflied Chicken with Fresh Herbs

*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in September 2009.