When it comes to cutlery, chef’s knives get all the glory. They’re just so handy! And if you truly can only have one knife, the chef’s knife is the way to go. That said, we know most people have more than one knife. (It’s not like they take up much room!)
So as much as we can go on and on about that eight-inch wonder, we also don’t want to forget about the chef knife’s little sibling: the paring knife.
We’ve described paring knives as “small but mighty.” And we mean that quite literally — the average blade is around four inches and is designed for jobs that require a bit more dexterity and delicacy. Paring knives can help you remove the stems from strawberries, devein shrimp, peel apples, and more.
The best part? You can get a really sharp, durable paring knife at an equally small price tag. We’re talking about this 3.25-inch option from Victorinox. A number-one best seller with more than 1,300 five-star reviews, it also just costs $7.
Kinda surprising considering other knives can cost hundreds of dollars, right? Even some paring knives can cost more than double the price of this one. “It’s a very sharp knife, and easy to handle,” says one reviewer. “Bottom line, you’ll do a lot more with this knife than I have found on anything within its price. The review sites say you’ll have to pay MUCH more to get a better knife.”
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