Shun Classic Kitchen Shears
Cook's Illustrated & Cook's Country reviewed many recommended kitchen shears about in April of 2011 and only came up with 1 that they Highly Recommended… the 'Shun Classic Kitchen Shears', made by Kershaw (also known as the 'Shun Classic Taskmaster Shears' & the 'Kershaw Kitchen Shears with Magnetic Sheath'). At the time of the review the cost was $40… the cost has now gone up to $50. I purchased a pair of them last year and have found them to be the best of the best. I have been using these shears for about a year and they work as good now as they did when they were new. Since then I've purchased 3 more sets for gifts.
The included magnetic sheath also comes in very handy.
Here's what Cook's Country had to say about these shears:
Recommendation Status: Highly Recommended
Testers’ Comments: Thanks to 9-inch, very sharp blades (one with fine micro-serrations; the other deeply grooved ones), breaking down a chicken felt effortless. Large, rubbery handles were comfy, and blades were symmetrical for right- and left-handed use. They come with a lifetime guarantee.
Extras: Jar gripper, bottle opener, screwdriver, nutcracker
Cleanup : Separable blades. Washing by hand highly recommended.