“ Brand: Trojka / Product Type: Scissors „
I must tell you all about my wonderful scissors, I have just chopped some fresh parsley with them and realised just how wonderful and versatile they are. These Trojka only cost me 99p from Ikea a few months ago and they're honestly one of the best pairs of scissors I've ever had.
The scissors are a lovely blue colour and coated in plastic all the way down the blades of the scissors as well as on the handles. The blades are made of stainless steel and you can just see them peeking out of the plastic, I've never seen scissors coated like this and it makes them look a little bit like children's scissors but I think they look lovely.
The blades are nice and sharp which makes these scissors suitable for a lot of household tasks. My pair I keep in the kitchen for cutting bacon, herbs and other foodstuffs so I don't tend to use them for anything else for fear of contaminating them. However my daughter has the exact same pair and she has used hers to cut everything from tissue paper to kitchen lino, after around four months they are showing absolutely no signs of wear and tear despite the fact that she really does use them for everything.
They are very sturdy, I was a little concerned that the plastic was going to start coming away from the steel but there have been no problems at all in this respect even though my scissors are used and washed in hot water at least five times a day! In fact these scissors look in as good condition as the day I bought them, which I'm sure you'll agree is excellent news considering how cheap they were.
These scissors measure around 9 inches from the tip of the blade to the top of the finger hole, the blades themselves are around 5 inches long which is ideal for most purposes. I think the Trojka scissors are very comfortable to hold and even when I have used them to cut tough foods I don't get sore fingers as I find happens when using cheap scissors, particularly when I cut things like steak I have this problem because I have to use so much pressure to cut through it - and yes, I know raw steak should be cut with a knife but arthritis means I don't really have the strength or stamina to use a knife and scissors make the job so much easier!
Another thing worth mentioning is the fact that these scissors do not slide around in my hand when I am using them, even while cutting slimy raw chicken or raw liver I have never had a problem with the scissors slipping which would obviously be dangerous in a kitchen environment. The blades grip well too and it's easy to use the scissors to hold something in place before you start snipping away to make sure you have a straight edge or are not cutting though something you shouldn't.
You can put these scissors in the dishwasher safely, as my daughter does regularly, and they always come out spotlessly clean with no warping of the plastic or smearing on the blades. Personally I'd rather just dump them in a bowl of hot soapy water which I think does the job just as well, despite them being submerged and air dried many times over the months they are showing no sign of distress and no rust whatsoever.
I cannot recommend these scissors highly enough, why pay £10 or more for a pair of scissors when you can get yourself down to Ikea and pick up some Trojkas for a fraction of the cost.
Having good scissors is essential for any home and if they're also good as kitchen scissors, that makes them all the more useful. If you consider yourself to be a better than average cook, then you'll already know that you're only as good as the tools you have. That's why I've always insisted on having really good kitchen scissors, and am constantly on the lookout for ones that can serve as many purposes as possible.
When I found Ikea's Trojka Household Scissors, I soon realized that my search for good scissors was finally done - I'd found the best. These scissors have a very pretty blue plastic covering to them, and the blades are solidly screwed into them. The handles are big and very comfortable to grip, and even larger hands will find them comfortable. Unfortunately, they only have right handed ones so if you're left handed you might have a problem with these. Still, my left-handed sister-in-law seems to be able to use these better than most right handed scissors, although they're not perfect.
These are extremely strong scissors and I've been able to use them as kitchen sheers for cutting through bones of fresh chickens as well as for making portions from a roasted chicken. You may notice that there is a part just above the handle that looks like an oval with metal teeth. You can use that part for cracking meat bones and I've even used it to grab onto jar lids that were stuck on a bit too tight. I can imagine you might even be able to use this to crack the shells of larger nuts like pecans and walnuts, although I've never used it for that since I usually buy these already shelled.
I find the blades on these cut through just about anything you can imagine. The blades are well positioned to be very close to each other, and you'll feel that they are quite snug, so that there are no gaps along them, making cutting things very easy. This also means that while they seem very sharp, you won't feel that they're too sharp so when you need to wash them you won't be afraid you'll cut yourself on them. By snug, I mean that they won't be flopping open or closed unless you do it yourself, and you'll need a certain amount of strength that will probably keep really little hands from using them. I've even used them to cut things like plastic wrap, wrapping paper and ribbons by opening them just a little, making a little nick in the material and just sliding the scissors along to the end. Because the blades are so securely set, this works perfectly.
Lastly, because of the plastic and metal design, these won't slip in your hands when they're wet, making them even more safe. They are also very easy to clean, and I've even put these into my dishwasher without any deterioration whatsoever. Things don't seem to get trapped in any crevices anywhere and if I just need to rinse them off I can hang them up on one of my kitchen hooks and let them air dry without any spots or rust showing up on them later.
As you can see, these Trojka Household Scissors are just wonderful. They're strong enough to do just about any cutting job you can think of, as well as cracking bones, nutshells and even might help you open a jar or two. They look nice and are easy to clean, and they're extremely well priced (see below). I can't think of any reason to give them less then five stars and highly recommend them - unless you're left-handed, and even then, you still might be able to use them.
Thanks for reading!
Davida Chazan © June 2008
These are exclusive of Ikea and sell there for £0.99 and the webpage for this can be found at http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/50045143. you can only buy these at Ikea shops and not on-line.