How to Take Apart Kitchen Shears

You can use kitchen shears for a variety of tasks.
You can use kitchen shears for a variety of tasks. (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

While most homeowners think of scissors and shears as being the exact same thing, they're definitely not. Scissors tend to be 6 inches in length or smaller and meant for lighter, less intensive jobs. Shears on the other hand, are at least 6 inches long or more and meant for heavier jobs in the kitchen and industry. For example, you can use shears to cut the roots of vegetables, snip chicken wings, and cut the ends of mushrooms. Oil and sharpen your kitchen shears regularly; to do so, taking them apart is sometimes necessary.

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Shears With Screw

Locate the screw that joins the shears together. Close the shears and lay them on a flat surface, holding them just underneath this middle screw, with their blades pointed away from you.

Insert a screwdriver into the middle of the screw securely. Turn the screwdriver to the left, loosening the screw gradually.

Turn the screw to the left continually with your fingers, once it's reached a raised and easily accessible position. Remove the screw completely and separate the shears.

Shears Without Screw

Hold the shears by their handles with their blades pointing away from you. Locate the middle bolt that connects them together.

Open the shears and hold one part of the shears completely stationary. Hold the other shear by the handle and move it back and forth. Your goal is to unsnap the shear from its place by sliding it back and forth.

Continue to hold the one shear motionless while moving the other shear back and forth. Once you hear it unsnap, simply move the shears apart from each other.


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