The Paring Knife That Amazon Shoppers Are Obsessed With

published Feb 10, 2020
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Your chef’s knife might be your right hand in the kitchen, but it’s not always the right tool for every task. Take hulling a carton of strawberries, for example. If you used your 8-inch chef’s knife to remove each little leaf and core, let’s just say that those strawberries wouldn’t be the only red thing all over your countertop. (Was that too far? Sorry!)

Instead, you know to reach for a smaller, more nimble paring knife. What kind of paring knife? Perhaps this 3.5-inch Wüsthof Paring Knife that home cooks can’t stop raving about on Amazon?!

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Buy: Wüsthof Classic High Carbon Steel 3.5-Inch Paring Knife, $65

While you won’t want to (read: couldn’t) use it to halve a butternut squash, this Wüsthof Classic High Carbon Steel 3.5 Inch Paring Knife is ideal for small kitchen tasks like peeling and slicing fruits and smaller veggies. This full tang knife is made with high-carbon stainless steel and has an easy-grip handle for effortless maneuvering. The most important part though? It’s extremely sharp (as all high-quality Wüsthof knives are) with a pointed tip blade for any and all cutting tasks that require careful precision..

It’s the bestselling paring knife on all of Amazon, and nearly 87 percent of customers who have reviewed this knife gave it 5 stars. Here are some glowing comments:

“I bought this pairing knife since working with small fruits and vegetables can be tricky with a dull knife. This knife is so sharp, it’s unbelievable. It cuts with ease and offers great balance. You’ve seen those chef competitions where all the chefs cut at superhuman speeds because they basically just move their hands up and down instead of up, down and back and forth? Well, they use really sharp knifes for that. And guess what? This is one of those knives.”

“Eating fruit as a dessert or snack involves more prep work than opening a bag of chips. This knife makes that prep work a pleasure. I love being able to easily peel, slice, and eat kiwi with just this knife. I use it for everything — more than just fruit, too. I slice my vegetables, summer sausage, cheeses, and, of course, fruit using this knife. After five months of daily use, it is still sharp (without ever sharpening it). I cannot recommend a paring knife other than this one. In addition to great performance, the knife has a great feel in the hand. If you’re considering this knife, go for it and be happy like me.”

“I was using Wüsthof steak knives to cut my stone fruit and lemons and such with good results, until my husband bought this paring knife. I have been missing out! This thing is SO sharp. It’s shorter than my Wüsthof steak knives, so there is less chance of stabbing my other hand that’s holding the fruit. It is light and the weight is all in the handle, so it gives you great control of the blade. It slices through nectarines, cherries, and lemons like butter. I should have purchased one sooner!”

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