What makes the Fiskars Orange-Handled Scissors so comfortable is their ergonomic handle. Back in the late ‘60s, the brand was the first to introduce plastic handles — a lighter alternative to the all-metal shears of the day. Another big innovation: Fiskars was the first to design a handle that actually curved with the user’s hands. With the handles expertly molded, those with smaller hands can easily fit four fingers into the bigger, bottom loop, while those with larger hands can fit three. With this type of relaxed fit, we found our fingers to be less tense while cutting, even when taking on cardboard or plastic. And when looking at Fiskars next to other low-price contenders, it felt and looked sturdier — not like the type of scissor you’d give a child during arts-and-crafts time (that’d be this one).
Like all disposable scissors, Fiskars Orange-Handled Scissors will eventually lose their edge, but unless you’re using this every day on thick materials, it should definitely last you. If not, this sharpener should do the trick. For easy tasks and every-other-day-ish use, Fiskars is just about as dependable as you can get. And if you’re a lefty, they’ve got you covered (sans orange handle, unfortunately).
Out of all the budget scissors we tested, Fiskars offered the most control, even with its lightweight body. When compared with budget scissors that feel like toys and quiver at the sight of anything thicker than craft paper, Fiskars made confident cuts. It’s also designed to creep close into tight corners (hello, paper snowflakes!).