I know what you're thinking. Why is she cutting grapes? Who cuts grapes just for snacking? Well, mothers of toddlers cut grapes. And while I've owned this knife for years and always found it useful, it's become indispensable since I had a kid.
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.
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)