Paring knives

Paring knives are also known as vegetable knives and are another must-have in any serious kitchen.

The paring knife typically has a short blade around three to four inches long, and looks like a smaller version of the Chef’s knife. Its perfect for delicate work such as seeding chillies, coring fruit or peeling vegetables. You’ll more often be using this knife when the vegetable is in your hand than on a cutting board.

Paring knives generally don’t last as long as the bigger knives, so it’s not worth spending too much money on one. Also, they’ve a tendency to go missing as it’s easy to sweep them into the bin with a pile of vegetable peelings!


Recommended paring knives

Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition 3-Inch Slant Tip Paring Knife

The 3-inch knife is perfect for separating meat from the bone and detailed cutting. Its Taper Grind edge stays sharp, while a high-carbon 420 stainless-steel blade resists rust and stains. Housed in a lovely handle of solid walnut and triple riveted.

Amazon buyer rating 4.3/5


OXO Good Grips Professional 3-1/2-Inch Paring Knife

Brilliantly balanced with a soft non-slip comfortable handle to ensure a safe grip, this is a wonderful blade for peeling and splitting fruit and vegetables. A no-nonsense, no messing sort of blade, it’s sharp and stain-free.

Weighing in at just over 3 ounces, it won’t tire your hand.

Amazon buyer rating 4.5/5


J.A. Henckels International Classic 4-inch Paring Knife

Traditional-looking knife that can come in handy at any time of the day in the kitchen. The straight cutting edge will peel, cut or gut any fruit or vegetable with the greatest of ease, and is hand-honed for a precision cutting edge.

The black plastic handle is triple-riveted, with a full bolster to ensure that it’s food not fingers that are cut.

Amazon buyer rating 4.6/5


Vos 4-inch Ceramic Paring Knife


This day-glo beauty will slice and dice any vegetable, meat and fruit that is placed on a cutting board.

Resistant to rust, food acids and oils, its zirconia blade is rated nearly twice as hard as conventional steel, is easy to clean and will not transfer taste or smells from each food, and comes with its own sheath to prevent damage.

Weighing just 8 ounces, muscle fatigue shouldn’t be an issue, no matter how much use it’s put to, and its convenient size makes it great for small hands.

Amazon buyer rating 4.4/5