The Best Paring Knife

The Best Paring Knife

Our pick

Victorinox 3¼-Inch Paring Knife

Victorinox 3¼-Inch Paring Knife

After doing two rounds of testing on 20 different knives, we still like this inexpensive little paring knife.

Buying Options

$7* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $10.

The Victorinox 3¼-Inch Paring Knife is a top pick for Cook’s Illustrated and Good Housekeeping, and it’s a favorite of culinary professionals throughout the industry. Its blade is thin enough for delicate work, and the plastic handle is very comfortable for in-hand jobs like hulling strawberries or shelling shrimps.

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Wüsthof Pro Paring Knife

Wüsthof Pro Paring Knife

Runner-up

A comfortable plastic handle and sharp blade make for a good knife. However, the blade is a bit too short and can’t cut through whole apples and oranges.

Buying Options

$25* from Amazon
$25 from Williams-Sonoma

*At the time of publishing, the price was $10.

Coming in a close second was the Wüsthof Pro Paring Knife. With its sharp edge and a comfortable grip, it sailed through most of our tests, which included peeling an apple, mincing shallots, segmenting oranges, and hulling strawberries. Its shorter blade, 3 millimeters smaller than the Victorinox, couldn’t cut apples with one stroke. If our pick sells out, this would make a decent substitution.

Upgrade pick

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

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

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With more weight to it, the MAC Professional is a high-end knife that will look great in your kitchen.

Buying Options

$60 from Amazon
$60 from Cutlery and More

The MAC Professional is a hefty knife that features a bolster, full tang, and riveted Pakkawood handle. The well-made knife is ideal for board work, but it can be quite precarious for in-hand work because of its wider blade and razor-sharp edge. If you require something that is more luxe and will last a lifetime, this is a good choice.

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Our pick

Victorinox 3¼-Inch Paring Knife

Victorinox 3¼-Inch Paring Knife

After doing two rounds of testing on 20 different knives, we still like this inexpensive little paring knife.

Buying Options

$7* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $10.

Also great

Wüsthof Pro Paring Knife

Wüsthof Pro Paring Knife

Runner-up

A comfortable plastic handle and sharp blade make for a good knife. However, the blade is a bit too short and can’t cut through whole apples and oranges.

Buying Options

$25* from Amazon
$25 from Williams-Sonoma

*At the time of publishing, the price was $10.

Upgrade pick

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

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

Upgrade pick

With more weight to it, the MAC Professional is a high-end knife that will look great in your kitchen.

Buying Options

$60 from Amazon
$60 from Cutlery and More

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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