If you have tried to cut up a whole chicken or a large portion of poultry meat, you will be able to relate to the nightmarish experience of it all, including things like your hand constantly becoming slippery while trying to hold down the chicken, the difficulties in maneuvering the knife the way you want to, the knife’s blades not being able to cut through the bones, the large blade not being able to go through narrower sections of the chicken, and quite sadly, the list goes on and on. To merge the gap between the difficulty of cutting apart a poultry and people's widespread love for cooking and eating poultry, a kitchen tool has been invented, which not only makes it easier to cut these poultries but also makes it a lot safer for the chefs to process this meat.
This life-saving invention that we are going to discuss today is called a poultry shear, and as the name suggests, it is a scissor that specializes in making it easy for even beginners to confidently cut poultry and turn them into gorgeous and wholesome dishes. Another reason why a pair of poultry shears is a wise investment is that it can be used to accomplish multiple tasks other than cutting poultry, for example chopping up herbs and vegetables, or cutting up crabs and fishes.
Now that we know that a poultry shear is a kitchen must-have, let’s look into the options that are available on the market. In this article, we have hand-picked some of the best poultry shears that you can find and have discussed each of them so that you can easily choose the one that is best suited to your needs.
At the best pick position on our list is this kitchen shears that outperformed the others in terms of durability and performance. It has been made of high-quality materials and is able to perform tasks other than cutting such as opening up bottles and cracking nuts, which makes it a versatile and efficient kitchen shear.
Our budget pick for this list is the kitchen shears by Catnee which comes with serrated sharp blades and an ergonomically designed handle that is easy to be handled both by the left and right-handed users. This is the most economical choice for you to have since it can be used for multiple purposes and also comes with a protective cover for the blades to keep it sharp and rust-free for a long time.
Table of Contents
- Quick Comparison: Top 10 Best Poultry Shears
- 1. MAIRICO Ultra Sharp Premium Heavy Duty Kitchen Shears
- 2. Kitchen Shears, Catnee Multifunctional Heavy Duty Kitchen Scissors
- 3. Chef Remi's Latest Kitchen Scissors
- 4. Kershaw Taskmaster Shears
- 5. Silver Armadillo Chefs Heavy Duty Poultry Scissors & Silicone Brush Set
- 6. Premium Poultry Shears by DAHLIA
- 7. Pendali Kitchen Scissors
- 8. NOVASKO Premium Heavy Duty Spring Loaded Poultry Shears
- 9. Kitchen-GO Heavy Duty Kitchen Shears
- 10. Easy Function Kitchen Scissors & Ultra Sharp Kitchen Shears
- Things to Consider Before Buying a Poultry Shear
Quick Comparison: Top 10 Best Poultry Shears
If you are wondering if these two are the only options available for you, set your worries aside and read onto the next section of our article where we will compare some other poultry shears that you can find to be durable and efficient at doing its job. We have also brought under the light each of their features, pros, and cons so that you can quickly have a clear idea about each of the products and make a well-informed final decision.
1. MAIRICO Ultra Sharp Premium Heavy Duty Kitchen Shears
The two most important parts of a poultry shear that determines everything starting from durability to how user-friendly the scissor is, are the blades and the handle. This kitchen shears from Mairico offers you a top-notch quality in terms of both the design of the handles and the efficiency of the blades.
The blades have been sharpened to perfection and are made from premium quality stainless steel which makes the blades highly resistant to bending, chipping and corrosion. The blades have an appropriate thickness to give you a sturdy feel in your hand and be used comfortably even for heavy duty purposes.
The edge of one of the blades has been serrated so that the shears can easily rip through the slippery skin of the poultry and smoothly cut through the meat without creating uneven slicers of meat. This is extremely important if you want to perform sophisticated meat-cutting techniques such as butterflying a chicken breast.
The handles of the scissors have been made with a focus on allowing you to do heavy-duty poultry cutting without exhausting your hand. The handle has been covered in rubber and has been made with openings that are wide enough so as to not cause your fingers or hand any pain even after working for a long time. The rubber gives you an anti-slip and comfortable grip while working with the shears even when your hands are wet. The handle also comes in a modern design with black and white colors, which makes this shears an aesthetic addition to your kitchen toolbox.
This kitchen shear is great for people who do not like kitchen tools that are restricted to only a single task, since this shears can cut through materials that are found outside the kitchen, for example, cardboard, plant stems, plastic boxes, etc. Apart from the ability to cut through versatile materials, this kitchen shear has separate mechanisms for opening up bottles and cracking nuts with hard shells. If you carry this poultry shears to your next camping event, you can cut through your barbecued chicken, open up your beer bottle, and crack through some wall nuts to munch on, all with this one single tool.
2. Kitchen Shears, Catnee Multifunctional Heavy Duty Kitchen Scissors
What we love about this Kitchen shear by Catnee is that it has been thoughtfully designed to make it an ambidextrous kitchen tool. This level of user-friendliness can only come from a manufacturer that cares deeply about the users of the tool made by them, and it is something that shows the standard of quality that you can expect from them.
The sharp blades of this shear that has been made of stainless steel which provide you with high-precision cuts through even the narrowest sections of your poultry meat and powerfully cuts through bones and cartilages.
The blades are 3.5 mm thick which ensures that they will not bend even when a strong force is applied. The blades are also 3.4 inches long to make it easy on your hand to apply force for cutting through hard food materials.
The handles have been designed with a rubber covering which gives you a comfortable grip with a resistance to slipping even if your hand are wet. The symmetrical handles mean that it can be used without any discomfort both by left and right-handed users, making it a scissor that appeals to a broad range of users. This kitchen shears can be used to break open nuts with tough shells and also to open both metal crown caps and screw caps of your bottles.
Another great feature of this shears is that the blades come with a protective cover that you can put on the blades to keep them safe from contamination and to make them last longer. This also makes the shear safer to be stored in kitchen drawers since the risk of you accidentally hurting your hand with the sharp tip of the scissor can be prevented.
3. Chef Remi's Latest Kitchen Scissors
If you are looking for a poultry shear that will allow you to perform cuts with small details such as trimming the fat from a piece of meat, making thin slices of meat or removing the skin from your poultry, then you will find this kitchen shear by Chef Remi particularly useful.
Although this scissor is very much capable of cutting through bones and hard meat, the reason it stands out among the others is that its blades which are narrow and slimmer than others allow it to cut through delicate meat and narrow sections of the poultry.
Another great advantage that this shear has above others is that the blades can be taken apart easily. This is very useful because the blade with the micro-serrated edge can be used as a single blade for individual purposes such as removing the scales from your fish or delicately butterflying a small piece of meat. The blades can also be more thoroughly cleaned when they are separated which helps to maintain a high standard of food hygiene.
4. Kershaw Taskmaster Shears
Although this shear from Kershaw looks like a stylish version of the other kitchen shear on the list, there is a lot more to this shear than meets eye. First of all, the material its blades are made of is food-grade stainless steel with a high carbon content.
What this means is that the blades are better at preventing rust compared to other stainless steel and they will also require less sharpening from time to time. So if you are a person who uses kitchen shears frequently for heavy-duty purposes then this will be a great kitchen shear for you.
The second thing that we love about this shear is that it is jam-packed with versatile handy functions other than cutting your poultry that have practical applications in and outside the kitchen. At the top of one of the handles is a curved tip which can be used to open metal lids on your pickle or jam jars while the jagged teeth between the handles will help you open up bottle caps. Apart from opening up a bottle, it can also be used to crack open nuts and crab shells very easily. Another unique bonus feature is the two screwdriver tips at the end of both handles which can be used to take care of any loose screws around your house.
5. Silver Armadillo Chefs Heavy Duty Poultry Scissors & Silicone Brush Set
If you are looking for a dedicated kitchen shear for processing your poultry any way you want to, with a professional grade performance and quality, then this is a great kitchen shear that is worth looking into. It is quite unique starting from its design to the efficiency of its blades when compared to the ones that we have discussed before.
The whole shear has been made of a stainless steel with a grade 2Cr13, which is a special type of steel that has a very highly resistant to corrosion and retains the sharpness of the blades for a very long time. This will make sure that you do not have to sharpen the blades often.
The blades and the handles are in one piece, which means there is no risk of the handle coming apart from the blades, which not only provides a high durability but also allows the force from your hands to be transferred efficiently to the blades. The handles do not have loops, which makes it a suitable tool to be used by anyone regardless of the size of their hands. This also means that you can use your whole palm to grip onto the handle and apply pressure, which is better than using only one or two fingers. The handles also have a lock at the ends which keeps the blades closed when they are not in use, and also makes it possible to hang the scissors for drying or storage.
The blades have been equipped with a spring, which makes them great for repetitive cutting actions since the blades will stay open even when you are not applying a force. The narrow end of the blades specializes in detailed cutting functions such as trimming fat from meat and snipping chicken skin, whereas the part of the blades closer the hinge powerfully cuts through even the toughest poultry bones.
Another bonus gift that you will receive with this shear is a basting brush that you can use to apply sauce, marinade or oil on the poultry meat before or after cooking it. The brush is made of silicon which makes it both safe to be used at high temperatures and to be washed in the dishwasher.
6. Premium Poultry Shears by DAHLIA
If you want a design similar to the above-mentioned shear, but with an anti-slip grip, then this is a great shear for you. All-metal poultry shear might look elegant and premium but it can be tricky to have a firm grip on them when your hands are wet.
This kitchen shear solves the problem by adding a rubber covering to the handle by three rivets on each handle, which makes sure that the rubber will not come off or crack.
The blades have been made with a stainless steel that is 4mm thick and has been reinforced so it will stand up to the challenges of heavy-duty poultry cutting. The blades are held together by a hinge which has been loaded with a spring which keeps the blades open after every cut, ready for another cutting action. One of the blades also has a serrated edge so that you can scale fishes with it. When you are done cutting your poultry you can safely store it away by clipping the safety lock which keeps the blades closed.
Another thing that we love about this shear is that it has a slim design compared to the others which makes it easy to handle when cutting through ligaments and joints.
7. Pendali Kitchen Scissors
This kitchen shear has an innovatively designed handle. Whereas most other shears of this category come in black or metallic color, the handles of this shear have been covered with durable ABS plastic which has a wavy silver and black patterns on it, which makes it an aesthetically pleasing kitchen shear.
The plastic covering on the handle not only makes the scissor look attractive but also makes sure that your hand does not slip even when they are wet and allows you to grip it comfortably. Although the handles have a plastic covering, the core of the handles is the same metal piece connected to the blades so there is no question regarding the durability of this product.
One of the blades has a groove on it which helps you to cut open poultry joints and also a saw-toothed edge which helps you to remove scales from fish and also cut through slippery poultry parts such as the skin. Another thing that we highly appreciate about this product is that it comes in a sleek black box which makes it a gorgeous gift for any of your friend or family member who loves cooking.
8. NOVASKO Premium Heavy Duty Spring Loaded Poultry Shears
At the first glance, you will find many apparent similarities between this shear and the kitchen shear from Dahlia that we have discussed before, but if you look closely, you will notice that this shear is thicker and wider in terms of blades and the handles, compared to the one from Dahlia.
This makes it a better option for people who want to be able to disassemble whole poultries in the shortest amount of time by applying as much as force as they want.
9. Kitchen-GO Heavy Duty Kitchen Shears
Although kitchen shears are very useful tools in the kitchen, problems might arise while trying to store them when they are not being used. You do not want to keep such a sharp object lying around on your kitchen counter, neither do you want to keep them so deep inside the cabinet that you do not find them when you need them.
If you have faced similar problems, then you will be ecstatic to have this kitchen shear since it comes with a magnetic bar on which you can keep the shear attached.
The magnetic bar can be screwed onto your kitchen wall or inside your cabinet, wherever you think it is convenient and the stainless steel blades of the scissors will hold onto the magnetic bar, and you will never have to worry about losing your shears again.
The other highlights of this shear are comfortable handles with an ergonomically contoured rubber covering, durable and sharp stainless steel blades, a toothed ridge between the handles for breaking shells and nuts, and saw-toothed edge on one of the blades for stabilizing the blade onto slippery parts of the poultry. This kitchen shear can be used to cut versatile materials both inside and outside the kitchen.
10. Easy Function Kitchen Scissors & Ultra Sharp Kitchen Shears
This kitchen shear is very similar to the one that we have just talked about, but there is one significant difference and that is this shear is a lot lighter compared to the previous one.
It only weighs 5 ounces, which makes it a perfect shear for people with delicate or weak hands who do not want to work with heavy shears.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Poultry Shear
Even when we have a few great options when it comes to buying the right kitchen tool, it might be difficult to decide on one, and hence in the next section of our article, we will talk about a few things that are important to know before buying a poultry shear.
Dedicated kitchen shear or shear with versatile functions
When you start looking for a pair of poultry shears, you will realize that there are two main types in the market. There is one type of shear which is superficially designed for cutting food materials, such as poultry, fish, herbs, etc. They would be choice if you are looking for a professional grade performance and want a shear that you will only use inside your kitchen.
Although this type would not be good for cutting things outside the kitchen, for example, cardboard, plastic boxes, etc. they offer better performance and efficiency when it comes to cutting poultry. The other type is a poultry shear that can also be used for cutting non-food materials and can be used to accomplish versatile functions such as opening up bottle caps, opening metal lids, breaking nut shells, etc. These will be a good option for you if you are looking for a multipurpose shear that you can use to do things other than poultry cutting.
The ease of taking the blades apart
As we all know, shears come as a pair of blades and depending on your requirements, it might be very useful to be able to take the blades apart. When the blades are separated, you can thoroughly clean them, without having to risk cutting your hands and you might sometimes want to use the blades separately like a utility knife.
You might also want to take the blades apart since most shears have a serrated edge and a groove on one of the blades and you can use this blade to remove scales from fishes.
When it comes to shears, we might focus on the blades and forget about the handles, but the handles are the parts which will determine how easily you can work with the shear and how precisely you can cut your poultry, so it is a very important factor to be considered before buying any kind of scissors. A good poultry shear should have handles that are ergonomically contoured and have a rubber or plastic covering.
This is important because cutting poultry is a heavy-duty work and without this covering or design of the handles, your hands will constantly be tired and ache. Another thing that the covering on the handles does is to make them resistant to slipping when your hands are wet.
Another thing to notice in terms of the handles is whether they are looped or not. If you do a lot of heavy-duty poultry cutting such as taking apart whole chicken, duck or turkey, then it is better to go for the ones that do not have looped handles. This will allow you to grip the handles with your whole palm and fingers and apply a lot of force with ease. On the other hand, the advantage of the looped handle is that it gives you better control since your fingers are supported by the handle. This is better if you are looking for more precision rather than power.
Taking care of your poultry shear
Just like any other tool, your poultry shear will serve you better and for a longer time if you take proper care of them. Most poultry shears are made of stainless steel and although they are resistant to rust, they should always be completely dried after you wash them. It is also better to hand wash them since the harsh detergents used in the dishwasher can damage the shear. To keep the blades of your shear razor sharp, they should be sharpened using a scissor sharpener from time to time.
To sum it up, you can go through the factors stated in the previous section and match it with any of the products on the list to assess which one is most likely to be the best choice for you. Once you have the best poultry shear in your hands, you will be ready to start making any poultry dish that you want whether it be fried chicken or a roasted turkey and enjoy it with your friends and family.