What to Look for in a Good Pair of Cutting Scissors
Get a strong, comfortable grip and let the snipping begin.
If you’re going to make the cut, you need to have the right tool. A great pair of scissors is an absolute must. But before you head to the store and pick out the cheapest pair on the shelf, consider a few things. First, you want to try them on to make sure they’re an ergonomic fit. Then you should check the sharpness and size of the blades and how the handles are constructed—naturally, you’d need different features for cutting hair and cutting thick fabric. Also, the material used for both the blades and handles should ensure not only efficacy and comfort but longevity, too.
Scissors aren’t one-size-fits-all, but between eight and 10 inches in length should work for most adults. If you’re left-handed or suffer from tendonitis, arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, you may require a pair with a specialty grip, an interior spring or some other feature to make handling more comfortable. Children need scissors that are made to fit smaller hands and maybe even include a safety lock—with sharp objects, you can never be too safe.
Some projects require scissors with specific features and/or a bit more cutting power. Symmetrical plastic handles are good for office and paper projects where you won’t have to cut through thick, dense material. Scissors with angled handles are better for cutting fabric and minimize stress on the shoulder and wrist. Metal handles may irritate your hands after extended use, so rubber grips are ideal if you are going to be snipping for long periods of time. For cutting in the kitchen while cooking, non-slip handles will keep wet fingers in place.
Stainless steel is durable and rust-resistant, so it’s a popular choice for blades. High-carbon steel is susceptible to rusting and more breakable than stainless, but it’s also harder and stronger, plus its sharpness has a longer life expectancy. Chrome, nickel and titanium also feature in blades, helping them retain their sharpness for years and protecting them from corrosion.