Paring Knife

The paring knife is designed for cutting smaller food items or detailed slicing tasks.

  • Shorter blades and longer handles allow for more control.
  • Very thin blades allow for easy and precision slicing.
paring knife has a sharp shorter blade, pointed tip and firm handle.
The paring knife has a sharp shorter blade, pointed tip and firm handle.

Paring knives are an essential part of a kitchen. Because they are small and easy to handle they end up getting used for many tasks.

How to use a Paring Knife

kiwi fruit being sliced by a paring knife
  1. Gather your knife and your fruit (we will use a kiwi).
  2. Cut the fruit in half.
  3. Slide blade through fruit to make slices.
  4. Using a paring knife, small fruits like kiwis are easy to cut into whatever shapes you like.

What to look for when you buy:

Paring knife with a kiwi fruit on a cutting board.

Paring knive blades should be shorter than the handle is. The shorter the balde is, the more precise. The longer the blade is, the more useful it is as a general kitchen knife.

Paring blades are typically 3 to 5 inches (most are between 3 and 4 inches long).


When choosing a paring knife, go with a brand you trust or have heard of. There are plenty to choose from since just about every reputable knife company makes a paring knife.


Do not be afraid to save money on a paring knife. These knifes can be around 5 to 10 dollars and still be perfectly fine. They are cheap and plentiful and easy to replace.

Brands / Products

Mercer brand paring knife


The popular (and inexpensive) Mercer knife is a quality knife from a great brand 3.5 inch Japanese steel blade. Textured handle.

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Victorinox brand paring knife


Great paring knife made by the company famous for the popular Swiss Army Knife. A black textured handle makes this knife easy to use and keep your grip. 3.25 inch blade.

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Kitchenaid brand paring knife


This KitchenAid brand paring knife has a riveted handle. High Carbon German 1.4028 Stainless Steel. 3.5 inch blade.

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