After killing more than a few electric shredders but still needing something to destroy invoices, bank statements and other private papers, someone at the shop brought in a pair of Shredder Scissors. It looked like pinking shears at first but was able to handle a wider variety of media and had a stronger feel to it when you were cutting things with it.
So what’s the deal with the Shredder Scissors?Jobar International is the company that makes then and owns the patent on them. There are a total of ten blades to the scissors; five on the top and five on the bottom. It’s set up to cut like a regular pair of scissors but the cutting arms are wider. If you have used pinking shears in the past and notices how much wider the blades were, its sort of the same thing with these. Do you need to use more force than with a regular pair of scissors? No but you do need to cut less than three sheets at a time to get the blades to go through all the layers.
One thing that makes using the Shredder Scissors nice is the oversized loop handles on both sides. You can get a firm grip on them and squeeze them together without having to use two hands or feeling like you’ve just done and hours worth of wrist exercises. These are a little too much for kids to use so if you had an idea about them using them to cut up different types of papers for crafts or to make confetti, save yourself the time and aggravation and do it yourself or buy the store bought stuff. They weigh about a pound so they aren’t something that you are going to love using for more than about five minutes so try to tackle shredding papers and credit cards a little bit at a time or on a weekly basis depending on how much junk mail you get.
So if it can cut through a CD or credit card, why can’t it handle ten sheets of paper? Loose sheets will slide around when you start cutting them; it’s almost like when you are cutting paper with regular scissors and when you are done you notice some of them are uneven. The same thing happens with these and even though you really don’t care what the papers look like when they are cut, it still prevents the blades from cutting the whole way through. The Jobar Shredder Scissors are well made and don’t wobble when you cut with them; I have no idea how long the sharpness of them will last but I did see Jo-Anne Fabrics advertising a special $7.99 price for sharpening them at their once a year knife and scissor clinic.
The price of getting them sharpened is about the same as what you would pay for a new pair; some sites sell these for as much as $15.00 a pair but when I started looking around I saw them as low as $8.00. You will have to pay shipping on them if you order them online but they are a nice non-mechanical alternative to having a paper shredder around. You can make one pass with the scissors and leave about a half inch tab on the end and then rotate it to make another pass and you end up with a criss-cross pile of paper that would take someone hours to glue together. If you want to get a shredder that does that, expect to pay about fifty dollars.
Would I recommend these over getting a shredder? Yes and no. If you have a lot of important things to shred then doing it by hand will end up costing you a lot of time. If you have things with staples in them then the Shredder Scissors is a better way to go. You won’t have to worry about them destroying the blades of an electric cutter and if something does happen to them, they are a lot less expensive to replace than something that’s electric.
Pros: Relatively easy to use, cuts through credit cards and CD’s.
Cons: Too large for kids to use, can’t cut more than a few sheets at once.
The Bottom Line: A nice alternative to an electric shredder but not for people who have tons of papers to destroy.