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.Of course, I also use this for peeling things, 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)