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What are Kitchen Scissors?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 16, 2024
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Kitchen scissors are handy utensils that include two sharp blades operated with a pair of handles. The blades of the scissors work to cut through meats and other foods from two directions at the same time. As a result, a pair of kitchen scissors can often handle a job around the kitchen that would be much harder to accomplish with a simple knife.

In appearance, kitchen scissors are very much like any pair of scissors used in sewing and similar tasks. The two blades are composed of a hard metal, usually stainless steel. The handles are also normally composed of stainless steel, although the steel handles may be coated with a layer of protective and slip-proof plastic. Less expensive brands of the scissors will feature metal blades that are embedded at one end into plastic handles.

While the general design of the kitchen scissors is like that of any other type of scissors, there are a couple of key differences. The fulcrum on the blades is positioned further from the handles than in other scissor designs. This placement helps to enhance the ability to angle the blades in just the right direction for a cutting task. At the same time, the design also makes it possible to increase the rate of pressure that is exerted as the handles are used to move the blades toward one another. In addition, the tips of blades are often rounded or blunted rather than coming to a point, although this is not always the case.

One of the most common tasks using kitchen tools of this type is cutting through meats. Kitchen scissors are invaluable when cutting up a whole chicken for frying. The blades of the scissors easily cut through bones, making it a relatively easy task to separate the pieces according to the cook’s wishes. In like manner, other cuts of meat that contain bones can also be cut easily using kitchen scissors.

Along with cutting through meats, these handy kitchen utensils can also make it possible to quickly cut through green leafy vegetables. The scissors work especially well when cutting through bundles of kale, collards, or turnip greens. Bundles of asparagus spears or green onions can also be quickly cut into small sections using a pair of kitchen scissors. Some cooks believe that using the scissors for these types of applications works better than using a chopping knife and a cutting board.

Kitchen shears or scissors can be purchased at a number of retail outlets. Kitchen shops will often carry the scissors in several sizes and designs. Home stores often include kitchen scissors in their selection of kitchen items. Low-cost brands of the scissors are found in the home section of many discount retail outlets. A few brands are also routinely found in supermarkets. While higher-end versions of the scissors can be somewhat expensive, they are also likely to last for many years of constant use.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including DelightedCooking, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By anon1006711 — On May 06, 2022

I have a cheap pair that I am very stingy with. Nobody touches my kitchen shears.

Unfortunately, the plastic handle is degenerating through much washing in the hottest water.

The marks it makes on everything it comes into contact with resembles the black marks our black soled shoes made on the gymnasium floor.

Boohoo for me.

By Buster29 — On Mar 07, 2014

I think kitchen shears are one of the most overlooked pieces of equipment in the drawer. Many people get accustomed to using chef's knives or cleavers to break down whole chickens, but a good set of kitchen shears can remove the backbone much more efficiently. A regular knife can slip while going along the spine of a chicken, but kitchen shears will cut through the bones like office scissors cutting through paper.

By Phaedrus — On Mar 06, 2014

One good thing about most kitchen scissors is that they come apart easily for thorough cleaning. Instead of a rivet or screw holding the blades together, there is usually a quick release design. One blade has a rectangular notch and the other has a rectangular bolt. When the bolt and notch are lined up correctly, the blades will come apart. This is an important consideration after using the kitchen scissors to cut up raw meats like chicken or pork.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
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