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Top Rated Paring & Peeling Knives

These best-reviewed paring knives are our customers' top picks--these are the knives that have worked well in actual kitchens. The right paring knife can make your time at the cutting board easier and produce excellent results, especially when it comes to precision tasks like peeling fruit or eyeing potatoes. Here are a few things to consider as you shop for kitchen paring knives.

You likely want a top-rated paring knife that retains its edge, is well-balanced and has a comfortable handle. Other factors to consider include blade style and length. A simple, straight blade between 3.5 and 5 inches is useful for many tasks, including coring, hulling, dicing and carving decorative garnishes. A narrow blade can help you reach tricky spots when you're boning salmon or butterflying chicken, and longer blades can double as a small chef's knife. Wide blades offer ample room to place your thumb as you pare, and they come in handy when you're crushing garlic. Choose a serrated edge if you'll be cutting and portioning citrus or other foods with a tough exterior and soft interior. For intricate work like boning a guinea hen, we find that a tourney-style blade works wonders. Look for a kitchen paring knife set if you cook a lot and need a range of styles.

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Calphalon is an American company that's been making gourmet cooking products for over 60 years. They ventured into cutlery in 2002, and their presence among our best-reviewed paring knives shows that they're a cut above the rest. No selection of knives would be complete without two German giants, Wusthof and Zwilling J.A. Henckels. These experienced manufacturers are revered by chefs for their top-rated cutlery. If you choose a paring or peeling knife from either, you can expect an excellent blade and a comfortable handle.

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