Tips for Choosing and Using a Paring Knife

paring knifeA paring knife picks up where a chef’s knife leaves off. It’s best for slicing and mincing items that are too small for an 8- to 10-inch blade, such as garlic, shallots, or strawberries. “Because the average paring knife blade is about 3 1/2 inches long, it’s a great tool for any foods that require an attention to detail,” McDermott says.

Avoid using paring knives to cut very hard vegetables, such as carrots, celery root, or parsnips. These smaller knives don’t carry enough weight to easily slice through the foods, which may prompt you to increase the pressure or tighten your grip as you’re cutting. “If you find yourself applying pressure at any point, you’re doing something wrong,” McDermott counsels. Forcing the cut is a signal that you aren’t using the right blade for the job, and it can be dangerous, too, causing the knife to slip. – Epicurious Tips

Victorinox Swiss Classic Paring Knife

“I have a few tools in the kitchen that no one but me is allowed to touch. My DH has jokingly (I think) dubbed these items “sacred” and so far has stuck to the rule. This knife is the latest addition to the Sacred Tool area.

I saw this paring knife reviewed on a PBS tv show. I was skeptical, even though the items on the show usually proved themselves. I just couldn’t believe that a knife at this price could be as good as they said. Needless to say, I was so very wrong. I have used this knife for things I’m sure would make the tv folks have a heart attack and it has come through with flying colors. It is amazingly sharp. It’s amazingly comfortable to use. It’s very light, weight-wise; those who prefer heavier or hefty feeling knives might not care for it. For me, it’s perfect. I have smallish hands and also have arthritis. The lighter weight and size are ideal for any number of slicing/cutting jobs in the kitchen. I don’t put it in the dishwasher (all the Sacred Tools are hand washed!) but I have poured boiling hot water over it occasionally to sterilize it, which hasn’t hurt it so far.

If I could give this knife 15 stars I would. I use it constantly and haven’t had to sharpen it yet. It may not be to everyone’s taste but I highly recommend giving it a try.”  – Review by Amber