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Shears are a tool used for obtaining Wool, Ferns, Tall grass, mushrooms (from a Mooshroom), Leaves, Vines, Cobwebs, which will drop string, and Nether Sprouts. If it is enchanted with Silk Touch, it will drop the actual cobweb.
To obtain wool from a sheep, a player must right-click on a sheep with the shears and the sheep will drop 1-3 blocks of its corresponding color of Wool. It won't damage the sheep but will change the sheep's texture to give it a sheared look until it eats grass. Wool cannot be harvested from a sheared sheep until it eats Grass, which will turn into dirt and will grow the sheep's wool back.
Shears can obtain leaves as a regular block, instead of destroying it, and Vines that will act as ladders allowing players to preserve their resources for more valuable products. Shepherd Villagers will sell shears for Emeralds.
- If shears are used on an activated Dispenser, and a sheep is near to it, the dispenser containing the shears will shear the sheep.
- Despite being made out of iron, Smelting shears in a Furnace/Blast Furnace won't result in Iron Nuggets.
- Even though it's made of iron, the grip has some leather in it.
- Arguably, shears are sort of a "hidden gem" in Minecraft. Not something most people think about, but can be very valuable: especially if you have a shepherd villager to trade with.