Poultry Shears

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Master of the Pit
Original poster
Apr 17, 2006
Garden City, MO
Alright, I am tired of wearing out cheap poultry shears. I spatchcock and/or halve almost all the chickens I smoke and would like to invest in a good set of shears that will last a while. I would also like something that would hold up to doing turkeys if such a product is truly out there.

Please post what you use, only if you have personally used them, have used them hard for a while, and they have stood the test. I can read online and search, so I am really only looking for personal testimonials and experiences with different brands from our members.

Thanks in advance.

I use 2 kinds ...... el cheapo Fabre Ware and a pair from Pampered Chef. I like the Pampered Chef shears 'cause they are spring loaded. It makes for a nice 'release' vs the Fabre/non spring loaded shears. I would say they are of the same mid - low quality (price) range but I prefer the spring. Hope this helps.
No I haven't, I did however almost include the suggestion/idea in the original post. It seems like it might be worth a try. I wondered about the non food grade materials though as well as rusting when washed and the water gets to the can't reach places.

Farberware is what I just toasted the 2nd pair of in less than a year. The spring loaded feature sounds nice. Are the Pampered Chef shears at least somewhat better quality in your opinion Randy?
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I know you knew it was coming... I know - back to my corner.. sorry mag
Hey Chad, I think the tool that would best suit you, is a broad axe!
I hope you got better aim than me when it comes to splittin kindling! And chickens,
I think there would be an issue with alot of hiding places for chicken pieces, moisture, and old oil in most metal shears I have seen.
There has to be a good pair of shears out there that are up to the job. Have you actually used tin snips long term or just think it sounds like a good answer?
That is what the Farberware shears seem to work like after a couple rounds of cluckers.

You can do it with a big butcher knife, but I like to be able to count to ten w/ my boots on.
I've been using the same el cheapo fabric shears from WaMart for several years now. I think they're less than $6.

I use them to trim through grissle on my ribs and backs on my chickens and turkeys. They don't cut strings for my sausages worth a darn anymore but they love small bones and grissle!
Ultramag...get yourself a good steak cutting or boning knife ( if you don't already have one ) like the pic below....you can easily cut down thru the backs of any poultry including turkeys....then simply lay the bird out and give it a chop in the center of the breast backbone which will easily break open ,,,then cut thru the rest of the way .....also you can cut the whole bird up ,by using the knife and seperating the pieces at the joints ....no sissors needed .
I wondered the same. I called Lee Valley and they said they're a new item so he is not sure. He thought they looked like it as well so they are supposed to be checking. He had to take a trip to the warehouse to get a pair and was going to call me back and go over them w/ me. Seemed very helpful and interested, a rare find anymore.
I've got a pair of Henckels kitchen scissors that have cut everything from chicken bones to copper wire last weekend when I was hanging the ceiling fans on the back porch and couldn't find my proper wire cutters.

Sure hope my wife doesn't read this...

Anyway, had them for about 4 years now and they're still going strong.
Take a trip to Wally World. I use the Fiskar's pruning shears. Stainless blades, and nylon handles, spring loaded too.

I have used mine now for about a year and a half.... I picked up another couple of pair a couple of months ago just to have them. It seems every time I find something I like, they discontinue it..... so I outsmarted them....

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