Snipping Herbs: Fiskars Micro-Tip Pruning Snip

We know, you hardly need a special tool for snipping herbs when a handy pair of kitchen scissors or even your own fingers will do the job just fine. That’s what we thought too - right up until we held a pair of these in our hand and went to town on a pot of basil. These little shears are amazing.The blades are about as long as your thumb and slender as a pair of needle-nose pliers. The tool can wiggle its way into the densest patch of herbs to find the exact bunch of leaves you want to snip. No accidental clipping of nearby stems. No sawing away at stubborn plant fibers. Just a little snip of the super sharp blades and the job is done.

The grip felt good in my hand, the blade was well-balanced, and the repetitive snipping motion was easy and fluid. Even after harvesting a bunch of basil for pesto, my hand didn’t feel too tired.

I also tried using the shears for mincing some dill for potato salad. Within just a few minutes, I had several tablespoons of dill ready to be tossed into the bowl. The sharp blade cut the herbs cleanly and without a lot of mess.

I was trying these shears out at my parents' house and was sorely tempted to slip them in my pocket when I left! I'm definitely planning on picking up a pair for my own kitchen.

What do you use for snipping herbs?

Find them: Fiskars Micro-Tip Pruning Snip, $11.50 at Amazon

Related: Quick Tip: How to Strip the Leaves from Herbs

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