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The Best Paring Knives

For precision cuts, call on the (cheap) little guy.

By Updated Mar. 1, 2021

What You Need To Know

A good paring knife is a small but mighty addition to any knife collection. Its diminutive size makes it more maneuverable and better able to hug curves than bigger knives. We choose a paring knife over a chef’s knife for three primary tasks where control is paramount. One: poking things without stabbing too widely or deeply, as when scoring chicken skin to help the fat render, pier...