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The 9 Most Important Knives to Have in Your Kitchen

Yes, these count as knives too. Don't overlook the necessity of kitchen shears for snipping herbs, cutting lengths of twine, trimming pie crusts, shaping parchment paper, and opening resistant food packaging. You want shears that will fit any size hand with any strength, with powerful, sharp, easy-to-maneuver blades; slip-resistant, comfortable handles; and no-hassle cleanup, according to Cook's Illustrated. Kershaw Taskmaster Shears are highly regarded, but also shears made by J. A Henckels and Messermeister.

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