Gadget name: Shun Classic Kitchen Shears
It looks like: Scissors that go to the gym regularly—strong, sharp, and powerful. The Shun shears were a full inch longer than most in our testing lineup, but still felt balanced in the hand.
How it’s supposed to work: These shears claimed to cut through anything we tried them on.
How we tested it: The scissors cut whole raw chickens, twine, parchment, woody fresh rosemary stems, and tender pie dough. Our testers scissored away with hands both large and small, and included a left-handed tester.
How it actually works: The shears cut through everything we threw in their direction with ease and precision. The micro-serrations on the blade anchored whatever it was we were cutting, helping the scissors glide effortlessly without slipping and sliding off target (it felt like they had a death grip on slippery raw poultry bones and stems of rosemary).
Good to know: Because they’re symmetrical, these work equally well for both right-handed and left-handed cooks. The shears multi-task as a jar gripper, bottle opener, screwdriver, and nutcracker. They also come with a lifetime guarantee, which makes the steeper price a bit more palatable.
My favorite part: The blades separate for easy cleaning (but stay securely together until opened to 120 degrees).
Best for: Anything you need to snip in your kitchen.
Overall: With their comfy, large rubbery handles, tough blades, and lifetime guarantee, these scissors make the cut.