Best Paring Knife

Paring knives are used for precision work and meant to cut small items you might hold in your hand like peaches or apples. Examples like cutting apart the membranes in grapefruit halves, dicing egg and pickles or removing seeds from jalapeños or broccoli florets from the stalk. Paring is a word that means "peeling", so paring knives were designed to fit in your hand for peeling things. The vegetable peeler has made the need for this nearly obsolete, so no need to feel like a subpar chef if you can't or don't want to use one.

Many chefs use paring knives on cutting boards for smaller ingredients. garlic, herbs, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes too. Famous chefs like Marco Pierre White used his paring knife for almost everything, so it is really a matter of personal preference. If you're serious about using paring knives, here's the recommendations from pros for the best out there.

The Victorinox is best in class at its price point and will last for years. Actually I wouldn't spend more than $100 on a paring, but I think having a good quality one is enjoyable. Our 2 favorites, while not being as cheap as a Victorinox, are still reasonable. The Shun classic straight vegetable knife (90mm). Light and thin, it gets a very sweet edge and is perfect for handheld works. The Masahiro MBS26 (120mm) has fantastic geometry and handle is very confortable. Edge retention isn't great and sharpening the complex bevels requires some care, but overall this knife has an excellent value.

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HENCKELS Forged Premio Paring Knife, 3-inch, Black/Stainless Steel

The Henckels International Forged Premio 3" Paring Knife allows you to cut with confidence. Fabricated from high-quality German stainless steel, the fine-edge blade produces precision cuts. Peel apples, remove blemishes, and create beautiful garnishes with this small, versatile knife.

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Abby Sinosa

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MASAHIRO 13702, 4 3/4 INCH (120MM) PARING KNIFE

The Masahiro MV knives are made from the same MBS-26 high carbon stainless steel that the top of the line MV-H knives are.  MBS-26 is proprietary to Masahiro.  The MBS-26 stainless steel is treated by three stages of quenching, sub-zero treating and tempering until the steel reaches a hardness of 58-60 HRC.  Masahiro believes this is the ideal hardness for a kitchen knife.  

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Abby Sinosa

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Shun Classic Limited Edition Paring Knife, 4 Inch, DM0757, Silver

Paring knife is ideal for any Paring task, including chopping and mincing small foods and herbs. The extra length of this knife makes it easy to peel and Trim even larger fruits and vegetables. Made with solid core of proprietary VG-MAX steel and clad with 34 layers each side (68 total) stainless Damascus, the Shun classic 4-inch try me Paring knife features an ultra-sharp 16 Degree cutting angle on each side.

The Shun Classic 4" Paring Knife is part of the Shun Classic line of tasteful and contemporary cutlery. The Shun Classic line features beautiful Damascus-clad blades and D-shaped ebony PakkaWood handles. Yet behind these handcrafted knives' beauty is function: razor-sharp blades offering top performance. Shun's proprietary high-performance VG-MAX steel, which provides incredible edge retention, is clad with Damascus stainless steel, then ground and bead-blasted, revealing the flowing pattern of the layered steel. 

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Abby Sinosa

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Mac Knife Professional Paring Knife, 3-1/4-Inch, Silver

This knife is commonly used to paring and peeling. The pointing tip can be used for intricate work off the cutting board. Mac knives are Known as some of the sharpest knives, They have razor-like edges for effortless slicing, they are hard so they stay sharp longer, One slice with MAC knives and you will experience for yourself a new definition of sharpness, nicely balanced and are a good value. The Mac Knife PKF-30 Professional Paring Knife with a 3 1/4-inch blade is a 2mm knife crafted from high carbon which is known for its ability to retain its sharp edge. MAC Knife crafts their world-renowned knives entirely in Japan. Each knife is shaped, assembled, sharpened and polished by local Japanese artisan craftsmen. This paring knife is equipped with a razor-sharp edge and a comfortable handle offering great balance and precision.

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Victorinox Swiss Army Cutlery Straight Paring Knife, 3.25-Inch

All the qualities of a larger chef's knife, but in a smaller size. The 3.25" Victorinox Cutlery Paring Knife can handle smaller, more precise cuts with ease. Crafted with a comfortable handle, superior weight and balance, and a razor sharp straight edge that rarely requires re-sharpening, this knife is an essential tool for every kitchen. Perfect for intricate jobs like peeling or seeding fruit, but versatile enough for bigger tasks like mincing an onion. This paring knife's tapered blade is ground in two directions to hold it's razor sharpness longer.

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Abby Sinosa

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