In some homes, scissors are one of the single items people can never find when they need them. This is why it’s worth thinking about how you plan to use multipurpose shears, and all the places you should keep a pair before you buy. Look for a set that is lightweight, but sharp, with a hunge that’s firm but smooth to operate. You’ll also want to examine the union of the blade and handle and remember a full tang (the metal extends into the handle) is much stronger than a partial tang (the metal ends where the handle begins). Before you spring for a few sets, here are three things to consider when it comes to multipurpose shear form, function, and craftsmanship.

Top Pick

These can tear into up to 16 layers of fabric. LIVINGO

Inexpensive shears can work well, but they won’t stay sharp as long as high-quality, stainless-steel scissors, and they might rust or corrode, which makes it tougher to get a clean cut. If you wield shears often while sewing or crafting, think about upgrading to shears with forged blades built with precision grinds.

Great Value

The grip on these pairs is soft and ergonomic. iBayam

Sooner or later you’ll get a little moisture on household shears, and if you toss them into a drawer wet, the next time you pull them out they might have rusted. Shears with the longest lifespans are made from stainless steel or coated with a corrosion-proof treatment.

Also Consider

The edge on these pairs should last through 100,000 cuts. AmazonBasics

If you can’t seem to find your scissors after every use, consider buying more than one at a time. Buying shear packs of three or five scissors at a time means you can stash a set in a kitchen drawer, a workshop bench, any art and craft bins, and always be a step away from a clean cut.