Kitchen Scissors - Tested and Reviewed by Fred-in-the-shed
Scissors are such an essential tool in the kitchen
but I am surprised at how many people put up with really hopeless
ones, or grubby ones that can harbour dangerous bacteria.
Over the last 20 years
of running Fredshed I have gathered and tested many
different makes and types. My favourite scissors for the kitchen are
the type that pull apart in an instant for better cleaning.
I call these separating kitchen scissors.
The German manufacturer Wusthof first made this type
of Chefs Scissors and their design has been copied (and improved) by the Oxo brand.
Great for fish, meat and opening packaging. They come apart in a click for easy cleaning!
Larger and Cheaper
OXO Good Grips Scissors
Best Kitchen Scissor Test
Both scissors are so well made and cut
everything from fish, small bones, bacon, pizza, and they are especially
good at cardboard, which is handy for packaging materials and
something that a lot of flimsier scissors don't handle well.
The "killer application" of separating scissors
is the quick and easy way they come apart so you can totally clean them.
With so many nasty bugs on raw meat is it
essential that kitchen scissors are cleaned well and these scissors are
designed to be dishwasher safe.
The Wusthof ones have a crusher between the handles whilst the cheaper OXO
Goodgrips ones have a herb stripper.
The Oxo scissors are slightly
longer and have larger handles. This makes them more comfortable to use, especially if you have large hands.
The cutting action of both are precise and very impressive.
After 7 years my Wusthof scissors come apart too easily now
so overall I prefer the cheaper OXO Good Grips version which has surprisingly lasted better.
OXO Good Grips Kitchen and Herb Scissors
Best Fixed blade Kitchen Scissors
Fiskars Kitchen Scissors
Fiskars Kitchen Scissors
I have been using these Fiskars Kitchen Scissors regularly for about 8 years.
They are made by Fiskars of Finland who have made over 900 million
scissors since 1967 and are also one of my favourite manufacturers of
garden pruning tools.
These classic scissors have a serrated blade and cut through
chicken and fish so easily. The moulded handles are comfortable but for right handed users only.
If you want a simple,
reasonably priced kitchen scissor that will last for years and still cut perfectly the
classic orange coloured Fiskars kitchen scissors
have been in production for decades and their wavy serrated blades enable them to cut anything from paper to gristle with ease. This is
one of those tools that every home should have and will remain sharp, without sharpening for many years.
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The Best Kitchen Knives
In my kitchen I use a 15 year old
Sabatier chefs knife for larger tasks. It cuts incredibly well and will probably last longer
than I will. Please note that not all Sabatier knives may be as good as
my old one because Sabatier is not an exclusive brand but a name applied
to a range of brands, so the quality
will vary between manufacturers. Sabatier is a French family
that started making knives 200 years ago but split off into various factions who all had the
right to use the family name. Use the link below to buy a genuine
Sabatier chefs knife and support this page and my work.
Sabatier Professional Kitchen Chef Knife - 8in/20cm
The "Chefs knife" is the most versatile and useful of all kitchen
knives. You can use it to do most jobs. Specialist knives for
bread , fish, etc are great but I think these sets with 15 or so are
over the top. I have 7 knives I use frequently, but mostly use my
Sabatier Chefs knife and Victorinox Tomato knife.
My 2 favorite knives and 2 favorite scissors are kept close to my
sink and chopping area.
If you want a top quality knife
with a more modern look then Global is the brand to look at.
I recently sharpened up an old set belonging to a friend and was amazed
how light they were.
Despite years of neglect in a family kitchen I was able (with 3
stage sharpening) to get these knives back to being super sharp and durable.
This would not be possible with cheap knives and is a credit to the craftsmanship of Global .
Global knives are hand forged in Japan from a unique stainless steel to make them
Global 35th Anniversary Special Edition Pro Chef’s Knife with 19cm Fluted Blade – Cromova 18 high Carbon Stainless Steel
Fred's Kitchen Knife Tips
The secret to fast, easy cutting and making your kitchen knife last as
long as possible is careful sharpening, avoid the dishwasher and don't store
it in a draw with other utensils!
"must have" Kitchen Knife
The best £7 you will ever spend on kitchen tools!
Victorinox Tomato knife
3-Piece Swiss Classic Paring Knife-Set, Stainless Steel,
If you want a small multi-purpose serrated knife then I recommend the
Victorinox tomato knife
It is made in Switzerland by the same company who make Swiss army knives and is the best all round knife I have ever used.
Forget the tomato tag, this knife will cut ANY vegetable as thin as you want. I also use it on meat, fish and bread.
They make superb steak knives at the table and are available in sets of 4 and different colours.
I gave one to my favourite market trader who uses it daily for virtually everything on her stall.
The serrated edge is great on bread but the size limits it to rolls and
small loaves really.
For around £6 it is a total bargain and my most used kitchen tool that
almost every visitor to my house has ended up buying.
It is also available in green and other colours as shown in this image with my favourite peeler and scissors.
Victorinox - Tomato Knife 11cm (2 Pack)
V Sabatier Cook's Knife Size: 20 cm
35th Anniversary Special Edition 7-Piece Knife Set containing 6
Knives & 1 Knife Block
The latest and Best Chopping Boards Tested and Reviewed
Composite Chopping Board
Wooden chopping boards are truly tried and
tested and very-eco friendly. However they are hard to clean easily
as they are not suitable for dishwashers.
I use the Epicurean, top gourmet boards that are made from
natural fibres and are dishwasher safe. They also look extremely
cool, especially the black ones.
After 4 years my 2
Epicurean chopping boards have been in the dishwasher many times and
apart from a few fine cut marks are in great shape.
Another advantage of the Epicurean
chopping board is that it is thin and easy to store.
Folding Chopping Boards
I love my Joseph Joseph folding chopping board,
it makes it much easier to pour chopped veg into a pan.
So far my one has lasted 3 years of regular use.
Kitchen Series Cutting Board Wood Fibre Black
Joseph Joseph Chop2Pot Plus, Folding Chopping Board, Large - Red
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