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Pyrex Kitchen Shears
Manufacturer: World Kitchen LLC
List price: $12.99
Warranty: Limited against defects
Dimensions: 8-1/2" x 4" x 3/4"
Weight: 5 oz
Composition: Stainless steel blades, plastic handles, silicone thumb insert
Made In: China
Type: Kitchen shears
Color: Gray, metallic
Ambitions
Apparent goal: kids gift/registry home kitchens restaurants everywhere
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Diet/nutrition: does not apply scary empty promises helpful essential
Green?: not especially neutral mixed blessing earth friendly green!
Innovative: step back standing still progress trendy genius
Problem solving: no better baby steps solid steps giant steps a revelation
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Utility/Quality
Ease of use: impossible frustrating OK simple child's play
Intuitive: Ph.D. required barely logical effortless brilliant
Instructions: missing incomprehensible adequate unnecessary excellent
Quality: cheesy questionable good years of service impressive
Parts to lose: inevitable some/many one-piece self-storing not a problem
Power source: none hands batteries outlet green
Clean-up: nightmare wipe clean soap & water scouring pad dishwasher
Does it work?: not at all adequately well very well perfectly
Availability: airfare required online kitchen store department store supermarket
Packaging
Easy to open?: impossible maddening tolerable good opens itself
Green?: fills a landfill huge waste passable minimal waste impressive
Economy
Time saving: time wasting not really modest substantial huge
Labor saving: less efficient marginal a bit noticeable remarkable
Money saving: money wasted none $ $$ $$$
Beats the old way: worse no change better infinitely entirely new
Where will it live?: garage/attic drawer cabinet countertop elsewhere
Summary
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfies exceeds home run
How often used: once/twice ≥daily ≥weekly ≥monthly ≥yearly/holidays
Worth the space?: no does not apply w/unlimited space w/limited space absolutely
Need it?: a luxury discretionary basic equipment for serious cooks get it
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it fair good very good excellent

Comments: An awful lot of people do not have a dedicated pair of kitchen shears. They muddle through opening packages and snipping herbs with scissors, which get dirty and may rust if you run them through the dishwasher, or worse, with knives, which can be dangerous when used for the wrong tasks. A decently stocked kitchen has a pair of shears (argue if you must – we will not listen…).

A good, solid pair, like these from Pyrex, will open packages, produce evenly snipped herbs, and remove the backbone from a soon-to-be-spatchcocked chicken with equal ease. The notch at the base of the blade cuts thicker bones.

The blades are sharp, there is a silicone thumb insert for leverage, and they can be used by righties or lefties. They easily come apart for cleaning (open them 90 degrees and they almost jump apart). Their manufacturer wants you to clean them – as you would any decent blade – by hand in soapy water, to keep the cutting parts from banging into something else in the dishwasher and becoming dull.

Clearly, the less you use them, the sharper they'll stay, but the Pyrex folks says these should stay sharp for a good year, and, since the halves are so easily separated, they can be sharpened again and again. (You would not use a sharpening steel, would you? No, no! You use a slot in a sharpener dedicated to scissors' blades, but then that is true of all scissors and shears.)



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