Scissors are one of those things you don’t think about but are in fact an indispensable part of your household. That’s why searched around and looked into what makes a great pair of scissors. We chose to stick to general use scissors and found that the best ones are durable, comfortable, safe for all members of the family, and cut through anything from paper to cardboard.
That might mean you need titanium-coated stainless steel blades, a left-handed grip, or a mechanism that makes use easier for arthritic users. Keeping these things in mind, we’ve handpicked a few of our favorite scissors, including our number one pick, Livingo's Heavy Duty Scissors.
|Blade||Titanium-coated, forged stainless steel|
|Handle||Ergonomic softgrip handle; Ambidextrous|
|Size||9.5 inches, blade: 4 inches|
|Handle||Soft-touch grip; Ambidextrous|
|Size||7.8 inches, blade: 2.3 inches|
|Safety Features||Rounded tip, ceramic blades|
|Handle||Ergonomic softgrip handle; Ambidextrous; Arthritis-friendly|
|Size||8 inches, blade: 3.5 inches|
|Safety Features||Closing latch|
|Handle||Ergonomic plastic; left-handed|
|Handle||Softgrip handle; Right-handed|
|Size||8 inches, blade: 3.75 inches|
|Blade||Titanium-coated stainless steel|
|Handle||Soft-grip handles; Ambidextrous|
|Size||8.3 inches, blade: 3.5 inches|
|Handle||Not provided (soft grip)|
|Safety features||Plastic guard|
|Size||Pen style; 5.25 inches, blade: 1.6 inches|
|Safety Features||Blade cover|
|Handle||Spongy cushion handle; Ambidextrous|
|Size||3.7 inches extended, 3.1 inches folded|
|Safety features||Blades hidden when folded|
Thornton’s Art Supply
Heavy Duty Scissors
Large Ceramic Scissors
Multi-Purpose Spring Action Scissors
Amplify Mixed Media Shears
Multipurpose Office Scissors
All Purpose Shears
Pen Style Compact Twiggy Scissors with Cover
Pillow Grips 8-Inch Scissors with Comfort Handles
Extra Sharp, Heavy-Duty Scissors
This Pair is Effective and Safety-Focused
Works Well for Arthritic or Pain-Prone Hands
A True, Left-Handed Scissor
Cuts Thicker Materials and Remains Comfortable
A Budget Bundle With a Decent Edge
All-Purpose Kitchen Shears Fit for Large Hands
Compact and Pen-Style Scissors are Great for Small Cut Jobs
Soft, Springy Handles That are Easy on the Hands
Foldable Scissors Perfect for Traveling
|Blade||Titanium-coated, forged stainless steel||Ceramic||Stainless steel||Stainless steel||Stainless steel||Titanium-coated stainless steel||Stainless steel||Stainless steel||Stainless steel||Stainless steel|
|Handle||Ergonomic softgrip handle; Ambidextrous||Soft-touch grip; Ambidextrous||Ergonomic softgrip handle; Ambidextrous; Arthritis-friendly||Ergonomic plastic; left-handed||Softgrip handle; Right-handed||Soft-grip handles; Ambidextrous||Not provided (soft grip)||Plastic; Ambidextrous||Spongy cushion handle; Ambidextrous||Stainless steel|
|Size||9.5 inches, blade: 4 inches||7.8 inches, blade: 2.3 inches||8 inches, blade: 3.5 inches||8 inches||8 inches, blade: 3.75 inches||8.3 inches, blade: 3.5 inches||8.75 inches||Pen style; 5.25 inches, blade: 1.6 inches||8 inches||3.7 inches extended, 3.1 inches folded|
|Safety Features||–||Rounded tip, ceramic blades||Closing latch||–||–||–||Plastic guard||Blade cover||–||Blades hidden when folded|
If they’re going to be tucked away in a drawer, feel free to go as large as you want. But if they’re going to be in a pen cup on a desk, a slightly shorter pair will ensure that the cup won’t tip over.
If you’re planning on flying with them in a carry-on, remember that their blades have to be less than four inches long.
If you’re worried about kids reaching their hands into a drawer and cutting themselves, look for scissors with a protective case over the blades. Or, look for ones that have a latch to keep them firmly closed while they’re in storage.
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What makes a pair of scissors good is highly contingent on who’s going to be using it. For some, that might mean stronger blades to cut through thicker items, while for others, a comfortable grip might be more important. In any case, once you find the right one, you’ll have a new favorite pair of scissors.
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