If there weren’t already enough ways to lose a digit, Superknife makes the UltraShear — an anvil-style cutter reminiscent of pruning shears. Unlike garden-variety pruning shears, when UltraShears dull, you can replace the blade with a standard utility blade.
These stainless steel shears cut rope, plastic, vinyl, rubber, branches, and most other materials a pruning shear will cut. The manufacturer even claims it can trim cigar tips — but we recommend using a real cigar cutter to trim your secret stash of Cubans. Weighing only 7-1/2 ounces and sporting a contoured rubber handle, UltraShears fit comfortably in your hand. When not in use, a push-button safety can lock the blade against the anvil.
Look to pay between $10 and $15 for the UltraShear. Strangely, Amazon considers this tool cutlery and won’t ship to certain states, countries, or persons under the age of 18 — yet there are no restrictions on much more dangerous tools like reciprocating or circular saws.