Utility Shears

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Definition: Utility shears are basically a heavy duty version of kitchen shears. They are used for a variety of cutting needs including cutting twine, paper, and packaging. They can also be used for trimming fat from meat and poultry, depending on their construction and how easy they can be cleaned (some come apart). Both handles of utility shears have large openings to allow for a better grasp. They often have other features such as a built-in bottle opener or parcel cutter.

Though their design is more similar to shears rather than scissors, they are often called kitchen scissors.

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Pronunciation: U.ti.li.ty Shears

Also Known As: Utility Scissors

Examples: I keep utility shears in the kitchen where I can easily use them for cutting twine, packaging or herbs.