Three Things to Consider Before Buying Multipurpose Shears

From gardening to gift wrapping, a sharp pair of shears can help you tackle any task.

Multipurpose shears trimming basil.
Keep multiple pairs of scissors at different places in your home so you’ll always have a set within reach.Louis Hansel

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.

LIVINGO Premium Tailor Scissors Heavy Duty Multi-Purpose Titanium Coating Forged Stainless Steel Sewing Fabric Leather Dressmaking Softgrip Shears Professional Crafting (9.5 INCH)
These shears can cut through 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.

iBayam Scissors, 8" Multipurpose Scissors Bulk 3-Pack, Ultra Sharp Blade Shears, Comfort-Grip Handles, Sturdy Sharp Scissors for Office Home School Sewing Fabric Craft Supplies, Right/Left Handed
The grip on this pair 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.

AmazonBasics Multipurpose, Comfort Grip, Titanium Fused, Stainless Steel Office Scissors - Pack of 3
The edge on this pair 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.