Classic snips offer cutting edge indoors or out

Classic snips

From Kuhn Rikon

How much: $20 plus shipping and handling

Where to buy: Available at

Pro: What a versatile pair of shears at a bargain price! From Swiss tool maker Kuhn Rikon, these lightweight stainless steel snips are a workhorse, inside or out. They can cut almost anything and stay rust-free. In the kitchen, they easily cut meat, chicken bones, tough vegetables and frozen food. In the garden, they can be used to trim flowers, shrubs, weeds and even small branches. They’re also sharp enough to cut cardboard, paper, wire, thin metals and plastic. With self-sharpening blades, the serrated lower edge offers extra cutting power. The ergonomic handles are comfortable, and these spring-loaded snips are just as powerful used left- or right-handed. Just in time for Christmas, handles come in red or green.

Neutral and Con: Right now, these snips are available through The blades are very sharp; not to be used by children.

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