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Best Shears for Spatchcocking?

My mom (and yes, she is wonderful) has recently come to understand the glory that is spatchcocking...which meant I felt obliged to return the kitchen shears she had bequest to me. :) So now I'm in the market for a replacement set. I want durable and functional (which means that they will easily dispense with a bird even if my hand strength isn't up to Arnold's)....price isn't a huge issue, as long as it's not "Pay for the name, not the function". Any suggestions?

TIA
XL, JR, and more accessories than anyone would ever need near Olympia, WA
Sandy
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,963
    Messermeister Take-Apoart Shears are no longer Cook's Illustrated shears; Shun is now CI's favorite shears. Have had my Messermeister's for about 7 years and really like them.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • fljoemonfljoemon Posts: 740
    I have these :

    Messermeister 8-Inch Take-Apart Kitchen Scissors


    Works pretty good
    LBGE & Mini
    Orlando, FL
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,963
    Also lots just use a good knife. I prefer scissors (just feel safer with them).
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 20,219
    i use the big knife, stand chicken up, knife goes thru with tip hitting board, slice down like a giant papercutter. its quicker than shears
  • aemaem Posts: 115
    After using a pair of free Harbor Freight scissors I bought a pair of "Poultry Sheers" from my grocery story.  Don't remember the brand, but they cost under $10.  They made the job easy and quick. 

    I'm sold on Spatchcocked Chicken.  Cheaper than cut-up chicken, easy to prepare, tastes great, and looks impressive. 
  • stemc33stemc33 Posts: 3,567
    I use Wüsthof shears. Easy to use for the most part. Every great once in while I hit a spot that needs a little force to get through the bone. Whatever pair you choose, I recommend getting a pair that separates for easy cleaning.
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    Steven
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    Banner, Wyoming
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,804
    edited August 2014
    I have had these for some time. Keeps an edge and will cut skin as well as bone. The notch holds the bone very well when taking the ends off chicken legs. Tab closure to protect the edge when stored internal spring loaded to open reduces hand fatigue. Good leverage. 


    EDIT - If SWMBO is not using it, "our" 10" chef's knife works to quickly take a backbone out a la @fishlessman
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  • gpsegggpsegg Posts: 383
    These are what we use.....the best!

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  • ThatgrimguyThatgrimguy Posts: 3,481
    Cutco super shears are down right amazing. Can cut a penny in half! Makes short work of chicken and never needs sharpening.
    Biloxi, MS
    Guild's Grocery BBQ Team
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    XL / Small Green Eggs
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,381
    I have to admit the Kuhn-Rikon shears look really nice.

    I've been using a pair of broad bladed tin snips. The tool steel needs prompt cleaning after use, but I've never had a problem going thru larger birds like turkey and goose. Cost under $10 some years ago.
  • aemaem Posts: 115
    aem said:
    After using a pair of free Harbor Freight scissors I bought a pair of "Poultry Sheers" from my grocery store.  Don't remember the brand, but they cost under $10.
    The brand is "Good Cook".  Also available on Amazon.
    http://www.amazon.com/Good-Cook-Touch-Gourmet-Shears/dp/B0013MXG4Q
  • THEBuckeyeTHEBuckeye Posts: 3,424
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    Suwanee, GA
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  • paqmanpaqman Posts: 2,443
    I use Kershaw taskmaster 1120

    Dishwasher safe

    Cuts chicken like butter

    The notch in the blade allows to break drumstick and wing bones (useful when doing a ballotine or lollipops)

    Good grip

    Japanese steel

    Shun are apparently rebranding and selling them at a premium. I have seen the Shun version side by side with this one and they are identical.

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  • SidZer0SidZer0 Posts: 45
    Trauma Shears work great for me.
    Jax, FL
  • paqmanpaqman Posts: 2,443
    @THEBuckeye‌ has a point... your butcher will hapilly do it for you.

    @fishlessman‌ also has a point. I did not use shears until recently. Before I got them, I was using a chef knife and it worked well.

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  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 5,595
    Mickey said:
    Messermeister Take-Apoart Shears are no longer Cook's Illustrated shears; Shun is now CI's favorite shears. Have had my Messermeister's for about 7 years and really like them.
    For the money the Messermeister looks hard to beat Mickey. I have a set of their knifes and really like them. I just picked up a pair of the Shun on sale for half off and they were still $30 but I really like them. Reviews are very mixed. Quality control seems to be a big issue on the Shun Shears. I got lucky and got a good pair.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 15,359
    What is this Spatchcock you speak of? :))
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • PNWFoodiePNWFoodie Posts: 1,014
    @NPHuskerFL‌ That made me laugh in the middle of a training. Doh!
    XL, JR, and more accessories than anyone would ever need near Olympia, WA
    Sandy
  • THEBuckeyeTHEBuckeye Posts: 3,424
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    Suwanee, GA
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  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,742
    Cutco super shears are down right amazing. Can cut a penny in half! Makes short work of chicken and never needs sharpening.
    +1 on Cutco and mine are nearly 30 years old and have never been sharpened!
    L, M, S, Mini
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • FockerFocker Posts: 4,683
    +1 on the Shun taskmasters.  They are bulldozers.  Comes with a nice magnetic sheath for keeping handy on the fridge. 
    Brandon
    Quad Cities

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,963
    RRP said:
    Cutco super shears are down right amazing. Can cut a penny in half! Makes short work of chicken and never needs sharpening.
    +1 on Cutco and mine are nearly 30 years old and have never been sharpened!

    Can you take them apart to clean?
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • TigerTonyTigerTony Posts: 1,005
    +2 on the Cutco shears.Gauranteed for life and great cust. service.
    The new model Cutco shears are way better then the original model.
    I mailed them my old pair back and they sent me a brand new pair of shears.
    love them!
    "I'm stupidest when I try to be funny" 
    New Orleans

  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,742
    Yo Mickey...yes they come apart very easy!
    L, M, S, Mini
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • mcmacmcmac Posts: 493
    I'm using the Shun scissors but I'm sure there are many models that would work just as well.
    XL BGE -  Med BGE - Mini BGE - Traeger Pellet Grills

     Hillsboro OR
  • THE DRUTHE DRU Posts: 62
    Oxo Good poultry shears.  The one thing nobody has mentioned that I like about these is a notch in the bottom blade that keeps the shears from "backing up" when you hit bone.  I love mine.  The Dru

    Versailles, KY

    XL, Lg, MM, Performer, Q

  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 10,707
    edited August 2014
    In all my years, I have never felt the need to cut a penny in half. :) Not only is it a waste of money, but I never figured out how to cook 'em! :)

    I use the Wusthof's pictured above. Or my chefs knife. The other night, I used moms Fiskars generic household scissors. Umm, no!

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    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • BotchBotch Posts: 4,871
    My Henckel's have worked fine for years, good leverage compared to some, but they don't come apart for cleaning.  
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  • PNWFoodiePNWFoodie Posts: 1,014
    I've got plenty of knives, but I like the leverage I get when using shears. (Admittedly, I've never stood Mr. Chicky up to do so...will have to try.) I went ahead and pulled the trigger on a set of Cutcos...they let me order them over the phone rather than having to go to a fair or have someone come to my home. Sheesh - those are expensive! I hope they are worth it, lol. They should be here in less than two weeks...until then, I guess my next spatch will be done with the birdie standing up. :) Thanks all your suggestions!
    XL, JR, and more accessories than anyone would ever need near Olympia, WA
    Sandy
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