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What is the grippy part of kitchen scissors for?

Asked by andrew (16358points) July 15th, 2007

We can't figure out what the purpose is for the metal grippy area in between the handle of some kitchen scissors... is it for breaking walnuts? Gripping chicken bones?

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MacUser's avatar

opening jars

Tennis5tar's avatar

Isn't it just to stop you from getting your fingers caught. Just in case you were a little overzealous with the trimming of the herbs!

Unless you are talking about jagged grippy things, in which case, I'd also say to open bottles.

gailcalled's avatar

Removing base of electric toothbrush when batteries die and old, dried paste has glopped up connection.

bpeoples's avatar

I'm sure they're useful for other things, but I believe their original use was for dismembering a chicken (really) -- or at least, they are the perfect tool for such a thing.

andrew's avatar

@bpeoples: Yes... but what does the grippy part dismember? Is it a bone wrencher??

GD_Kimble's avatar

opening jars. really.

bpeoples's avatar

@andrew: I've used it mainly when making stock, so you have a nice tough raw bird, and you need to split it into parts at all the joints so it'll break apart in the broth better.

So you (for instance) grab the upper wing right below the shoulder with the grippy part, and twist-- bone wrenches out of the socket, and then you can just clip (with the scissors) the flesh and sinew to separate that part out...

gailcalled's avatar

Wouldn't a sharp cleaver be easier to disjoint fowl? Keenness of blade plus leverage of raised arm and then the whack would use less energy.

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