I have to admit, I'm not a big knife person. I don't have really cool knives (just two very old Wusthofs, a Santoku, and a bread knife), I don't sharpen them often enough, and I don't feel a symbiotic flow of warm fuzzies when I hold my chef's knife.
That said, they all get the job done, and this one works particularly hard these days. I slice bananas in the morning, strawberries in the middle of the day, broccoli florets for dinner, and lemons and limes for cocktail hour (mine, not hers).
These are all things a lesser knife could handle, but the task is so much faster with a good, sharp paring knife. It's quick and super precise.segmenting citrus, and, ok, opening plastic packages.
• Wusthof Classic 3 1/2-inch Paring Knife, $39.95 at Amazon
I really should buy a few more paring knives to have on hand, like those lightweight ones with the colorful plastic handles you see stacked by the register at cooking stores. Anyone recommend those?
(Images: Elizabeth Passarella)