When it comes to paring knives, we want something that is small, that has a plain edge that is used for peeling, or say for instance, de-veining shrimps or skinning mushrooms. You get the point.
But it is hard sometimes finding a paring knife that will get the job done. Some are clunky and don’t get the job done, while some dull really quickly making it a real pain in the “you know what” when it comes to paring fruits, vegetables or de-veining shrimps.
You can buy a cheap-o $10 knife, but be prepared that the quality will suffer. So don’t go cheap on a paring knife, instead check out our list of some great paring knives that are not too expensive and will definitely be able to pare whatever needs to be cut.
Shun makes some of the most top quality paring knives, and not a lot of them can be beat. The reason why is because it is has a precision-forged high-carbon stainless-steel blade, which means the blade will cut very smoothly, almost elegantly without running the risk of having to press to hard and you end up cutting yourself. (No fun at all if that happens.) This blade is also dishwasher safe.
But with paring knives you need something that is compact, is comfortable in your hand that allows you to control the cuts, and also is sharp… well the Shun definitely hits the mark on all of those. At only 4.8 ounces it is very lightweight, and makes paring a breeze.
Not only is it light but the grip is made up of in a d shape ebony Pakkawood, which gives you the ability to firmly grip the knife without losing the cutting angles of the knife.
Oh and not to mention it has a lifetime warranty, and it is rolled with 16 layers of stainless steel to give it, its unique look and sharp edge.
Wusthof has been in the knife making game for a while, and this paring knife is definitely a top contender for being the best paring knife. The Wusthof blade is made up of high-carbon stainless steel blade which is hand honed by the company its self give the blade a very sharp edge. It is also very reasonably priced at around $40, so not to hard on your wallet either. This blade is also dishwasher safe.
I do like that the handle is triple riveted and I tend to find the riveted handles to be more comfortable than just the straight handles. However, it all depends on you and what you like. We really like Wusthof paring knives because they are simple in design but can slice and dice up your carrots, mushrooms and any other vegetables and fruit. Oh and not to forget, it has a lifetime guarantee… not a lot of knives have that.
I definitely wouldn’t turn a blind eye to the Wusthof… it will definitely leave you pleased and happy with the results you get!
Need your mangoes to be pared? Well Henckels can do that for ya. The Henckels International paring knife is designed with you in mind. They came out with this knife to be able to give people a knife that is nicely priced and that can slice up the competition. It is great for peeling, cutting and shaping fruits and vegetables. So if you love to design your fruits into flowers or your vegetables into animals it is a great fit for you.
The handle is trip riveted, which allows your fingers to really wrap around the knife, and you won’t have to worry about losing your grip and dropping the knife on the ground or accidentally cutting yourself. (ouch!) But what is even better is that it is made up of stain-resistant carbon and is forged to last long.
The only minor flaw is that it is dishwasher safe, however it is recommended that you hand wash this knife. But other than that, it is a value packed knife that has a limited lifetime warranty. Just make sure to do nothing silly with your knife and you should be fine.
Mac Knife is not a very old company, but they have made an exceptional paring knife that is priced nicely at around $40, giving you some bang for your buck with this knife. The Mac paring knife is pretty dang sharp, and can slice right through your vegetables and fruits but it does look a little bit different than your regular paring knife… not sure if I like the design that much. With this knife, you will not leave a doubt in your mind that you will be able to pare your food very nicely and smoothly.
This knife is very compact with a 2mm blade, so for you people who like a paring knife that is bigger, I don’t recommend this knife. However if you want a paring knife that is extremely compact and travel sized, then this is the one for you. Oh and the blade is rust-resistant, which is nice cause you don’t have to worry about your knife falling apart.
The handle is produced with Pakkawood which makes it exceptionally smooth and easy to grip. And boy, grip is nice to have when it comes to a knife, because a slippery knife is a bad knife. Anyways the one flaw (that I don’t really think is a flaw) is that it can only be hand washed. Do not put in the washer because it will ruin the blade and the handle. And you will end up feeling sad, because you will have to get another knife or sharpen it more.
This knife may be last, but it is certainly not least. This knife is different than all the other ones I mentioned but is still a good quality knife. It is also the least expensive on this list at about $20 it makes it the least expensive knife, which makes it easy to buy if you are on a budget. However with the price you may be sacrificing a little bit on the quality, however reviewers report the knife to being sharp and not having to be maintained a lot.
The grip of the knife is produced of black santoprene which makes it a nonslip handle. Which is a positive because a knife that slips, is a knife that needs to be thrown away.
Oh and the blade is constructed with a German high-carbon steel which prevents it from staining and looking gross. You do get good value with this knife because it is sharp and able to easily slice through your food, and if you have a budget you need to stick on, then this knife is a great fit for you.