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No matter the household task -- gardening, crafting, cooking, grooming -- there’s a pair of scissors for the job. Here are the best tools to reach for again and again.
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The steel snips are made for cutting bonsai branches, but they’re also well-suited to flower arranging and light pruning tasks.
Okubo bonsai shears (#N-8005), by Genzo Hamono, $38, hidatool.com
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These are comfortable and efficient for everyday use as well as crafting. Designate separate ones for paper and fabric.
All-purpose scissors, by Martha Stewart Crafts, $20, michaels.com
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Inspired by paper shredders, these add fringe to paper flowers and other crafts.
Fringe scissors, by Martha Stewart Crafts, $13, michaels.com
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Their zigzag cut keeps fabric edges from fraying and also creates a nice pattern.
Pinking shears scissors, by Gingher, $56, joann.com
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Cut out tiny shapes, snip into the narrowest corners, or trim thread ends with these handy scissors.
Precision scissors, by Martha Stewart Crafts, $18, michaels.com
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This durable pair has a small spring that assists opening and closing, minimizing hand fatigue when you’re cutting through multiple fabric layers.
Knife-edge spring-action dressmaker's shears, by Gingher, $56, joann.com
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You can handle kitchen tasks large (sectioning a chicken) and small (snipping herbs) with these. Plus, they come apart for thorough cleaning.
Pull-apart shears, by Wustof, $30, williams-sonoma.com
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Rounded tips protect noses and ears during grooming.
Nasal scissors with rounded safety tips (similar to shown), by Col. Conk, $20, westcoastshaving.com
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Pesky hangnails are gone in one painless snip, thanks to these precision cutters.