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Shun Kitchen Shears

Every cook has at least one kitchen tool that drives them crazy—my particular annoyance is poultry shears. Most designs are too lightweight, so much so that cutting through a chicken is a never-to-be-repeated task. The handles feel like they were designed to cause pain, not comfort, the metal is not heavy-duty enough and the length of the cutting edge is too long in proportion to the whole design. Finally, I can sleep at night! The KAI shears are amazing.

These shears have a heavy-duty build and comfortable rubber-edged handles, so they are a pleasure to use—I can spatchcock a chicken in mere seconds and don’t feel as if I just had my hand put through the wringer! The 3.5-inch cutting edge is relatively short compared to the weight and length of the rest of the scissors, which means you can exert a lot of force without a lot of effort (much like having a long, heavy crowbar to turn over a rock). And they easily come apart for cleaning but will not fall apart during use, unlike some models. Hands down, this is my favorite pair of poultry shears. Once you start spatchcocking (butterflying) chicken, you will always roast or grill them this way. It means even cooking without having to turn the bird to even out the white and dark meats. I roast a spatchcocked chicken almost every Sunday for use during the week. Just rub kosher salt and a spice blend on top and you are good to go. You can also use these shears for cutting up a chicken or trimming off fat or bones.

  • Dimensions: Total Length: 8 inches | Blade Length: 4.5 inches
  • Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Materials: High-carbon stainless steel, elastomer handles