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Looking for a good fairly cheap pearing knife

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Hi. I'm looking for a good fairly cheap pearing knife. I have a henckels set and would like to start vearing off forms basic set. Please comment any knife you think would best suited for a medium price range I'm open to anything
post #2 of 9

In a commercial environment, paring knives wear down so fast that many simply don't get anything more than a basic Victorinox fibrox handled paring knife, either spear point or sheepsfoot depends on how the user feels like it.

 

Much more important is the length of the blade.  Having a blade which is just about the length of the index finger makes such a blade's feel to be about the same as a "replacement" of the index finger.  

 

Some, however, like longer blades.  In that case, a "petty" might be appropriate.

 

However, no matter what length, keeping the edge sharp is as important (if not more so) than the individual brand.  More sharpenings will thin a paring knife more rapidly - and cause it to need to be replaced more quickly.

 

 

Galley Swiller

post #3 of 9

The paring knife is where Shun got it right.  The 4" parer has great geometry, takes a very keen edge and has great retention.  That said keeping sharp is where it gets sticky.  How do you maintain your knives now?

post #4 of 9

One more vote for the Vic. Cheap enough to have more than one and first class quality and steel for the job at hand.

post #5 of 9
When the paring knife is meant for peeling, better have a Robert Herder peeler or a Misono fruit knife, unless you're left-handed. Both have an inverted geometry, i.e. right face flat, left one convexed.
For other small tasks I prefer a petty.
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I find it difficult to "turn" with a petty.  My turning knife is a Tojiro wa-birds beak with a custom handle I made.  My go to parer is a Del Ealy new style in AEB-L and my second is a HHH wharncliffe parer also in AEB-L.  I'll never part with those.

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Hi. I'm looking for a good fairly cheap pearing knife. I have a henckels set and would like to start vearing off forms basic set. Please comment any knife you think would best suited for a medium price range I'm open to anything
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post #9 of 9
I have a Wusthof classic 4" if interested. A truly amazing pairing knife.
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