Home cooks and professionals always keep a paring knife nearby. It helps them peel fruits, hull vegetables, section off the citrus, devein shrimp and do any other similar kitchen work. It is considered the second most essential knife for any modern kitchen. While the chef’s knife holds the throne, the paring knife is a lot more maneuverable. It can handle any precision-oriented job – that takes place off your cutting board – with ease. If I was given a choice, I would obviously go for a sharp paring knife – like my top pick Mac Knife PKF-30 Professional anytime I want a higher level of control. Anyway, for this article, I researched far and wide and evaluated the best paring knifes for sharpness, weight, comfort in the hand, and sturdiness. In the end, I came up with the top 10 picks for best paring knives. These high performing models are the best options available in the market these days.

Product Reviews

  • Dimensions: 7.75 x 1.25 x 0.25 inches
  • Weight: 2.08 ounces
  • Material: Carbon
  • Color: Multiple colors
  • Blade length: 4 inches

Pros

  • Very sharp blade
  • Non-stick blade for unimpeded slicing
  • The heel guard is very effective
  • Available in multiple colors

Cons

  • Very lightweight feels like a toy
  • Plastic handle

Kuhn Rikon has been in the cookware business for almost a century, and this model is a widely popular product. Very lightweight and easy to maintain. Use it rough and then throw it out after a few years. Because this is a very economical purchase, you won’t feel any guilt it either.

It’s 4 inches blade is made of non-stick steel Japanese steel for a sharp and lasting performance. The non-stick coating ensures maximum cleanliness and unimpeded slicing for every task. In contrast, the plastic safety sheath protects its sharpness when not in use.

The best feature of this product is that it comes in multiple colors. You can choose from blue, black, red, purple, fuchsia, teal, yellow, orange or green to go with your kitchen design. Too many options, eh?


  • Dimensions: 3.2 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Weight: 3.2 Ounces
  • Material: Steel
  • Color: Silver
  • Blade length: 2 inches

Pros

  • Is assembled by hand in Japan
  • Lightweight and easy to control
  • Rust-resistant and stain-proof
  • Ergonomic design
  • Durable and versatile

Cons

  • Not compatible with dishwashers
  • Wooden handle is susceptible to cracking

Any precision paring requires a professional paring tool like the Mac Knife PKF 30. This utility knife has a pointy tip and razor-sharp edge that offers flawless slicing. The blade is made of steel, which can hold sharpness even after hours of use. Moreover, it is rust-resistant as well as stain proof. So you can chop as many strawberries or tomatoes without worrying about the tinge on it.

The two inches blade is lightweight and accompanied by a no-slip wooden handle for support. The double-riveted is carved from pakkawood. Due to which it is very well balanced and easy to control – two features essential for precision cuts.

Overall, it’s tough to beat the quality of this product. Take proper care of its blade, and Mac Knife PKF 30 will last a lifetime.


  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 2.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Weight: 2.08 ounces
  • Material: High Carbon Stainless Steel
  • Color: Black
  • Blade length: 3.5 inches

Pros

  • High carbon stainless steel blade
  • Excellent material quality
  • A very durable and versatile tool for the kitchen
  • Great ergonomics
  • Streamlined design

Cons

  • Rather short for cutting meat or big loaves

Amazon’s top choice, the Wusthof Classic paring knife is on the high end of knives I tested for this article – but it’s totally worth the price. Right out of the package, it became a shoo-in for my top pick as the best overall recommendation.

When you hold it in your hands, the first thing you notice is its streamlined design and very balanced handle. Due to which, it offers excellent maneuverability and high control during precision tasks. It hangs out nicely in the palm as you devein and peel shrimp. The pointy and sharp blade is efficient to work with no matter the task.

The 3.5 inches blade is made of high carbon steel, which makes it durable and versatile enough to take on any precision task. Besides, if you don’t own any other set of knives, trust this classic knife to do the double (or triple) duty for you.

Overall this product is for everyone who wishes to make onerous kitchen tasks effortless. A utility addition to any basic or professional kitchen.


  • Dimensions: 5 x 2 x 2 inches
  • Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Material: High carbon steel
  • Color: Black
  • Blade length: 3.25 inches

Pros

  • Very easy to use and clean
  • Excellent value for the price
  • Pointy tip on a sharp blade
  • Great maneuverability while peeling
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Very economical

Cons

  • Stamped metal construction
  • Plastic handle

When it comes to making a quick work of minor kitchen tasks like peeling apples or mincing a shallot without a snag, only a sharp and sweet little paring knife like Victorinox 3.25 inches will do. That is why it is a favorite of culinary professionals all over the world, even though it is not as sharp as Wüsthof.

Like the Wüsthof, it’s the blade is made of stamped metal (this time in Switzerland), which means you can go a little rough on it without feeling much guilt. But you will need to use the whetstone quite often than which isn’t bad at all, considering this is a much economical option. Moreover, it is sturdy and stamped yet lightweight.

While some people may have issues with its plastic handle, I found it rather comfortable for in handjobs like shelling shrimps, making perfect orange slices, and hulling berries in a single go.

Overall, as an old adage says, “sometimes you get more than what you pay for.”


  • Dimensions: 11.6 x 2.5 x 0.9 in
  • Weight: 3.52 ounces
  • Material: Carbon
  • Color: Black
  • Blade length: 3.5 inches

Pros

  • Scary sharp
  • Deep blade bead blasted blade that shows flowing patterns of steel
  • Handcrafted in Japan
  • Versatile and maneuverable

Cons

  • Very expensive product
  • Fragile blade

If you are a professional culinary expert, then you must be familiar with Shun knives. They can do anything – literally.

The Shun Classic 3.5 inches paring knife is quality and innovation combined. Handcrafted in Japan, it provides versatility, maneuverability, and comfort in a small size. The strong VGMax core helps in optimal edge retention. At the same time, 3.5 inches blade with D shaped pakkawood handle offers enough efficiency to get the job done without any hassle.

The high-performance instrument has a very sharp blade. If you are not careful, there is always the risk of cutting yourself. In addition, its edges are a bit fragile and brittle.
All in all, this professional tool is perfect for minor kitchen as well as other detail jobs that require more intricate handling. I wouldn’t recommend this model for pivot chopping, though. You should use a German knife for that purpose.


  • Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Material: carbon steel
  • Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Color: Multiple
  • Blade length: 3.5 Inches

Pros

  • Ergonomic handle
  • NSF certified for public health safety
  • Effortless to clean and work with
  • Rust-resistant

Cons

  • Require frequent visits to a whetstone

Now, this is a model that can beat Kuhn Rikon 2817 in terms of features, though it is a wee bit pricey. Take it out of the package, and the first thing you realize is that it is the sharpest tool you have ever seen. Like Rikon, this Amazon’s number 1 best seller is made of non-staining rust resistant Japanese steel. Its razor-sharp edges are strong, sharp, and durable that makes cutting a breeze while keeping the blades easy to maintain.

Although the handle material is the same for both models, there is one significant difference. Mercer Culinary M22003 has an ergonomic handle featuring textured finger points. Due to this reason, it is slip resistance and provides a much firm hold. Moreover, to protect the fingers, its handle widens where it meets the blade.

All in all, considering the economical price, nothing can go wrong with this purchase.


  • Dimensions: 9.4 x 2.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Weight: 1.44 ounces
  • Material: stainless steel
  • Color: Silver
  • Blade length: 3.25 inches

Pros

  • Has a razor-sharp edge
  • Very sturdy and rough
  • Very economical option
  • Lightweight, maneuverable and easy to hold

Cons

  • Handle tends to decolor after a while
  • Handle leaves aluminum tarnishes

The most economical option and another best selling product on my list is Rada Cutlery’s Everyday paring knife. It combines precision with ultra comfort while keeping the price well under 10 bucks. Impressive, right?

The 3.25 inches blade is made of surgical grade high carbon stainless steel hand sharpened to a razor-sharp edge. It also has a finger guard to protect the fingers during precision cuts. Thanks to meager weight, it is easy to hold and highly maneuverable. Thus you can perform as many different cuts as you want.

On the other end of the blade, it has a silver brushed aluminum handle that has a satin finish. There’s only one downside of aluminum – you shouldn’t soak such products in water. So this model isn’t dishwasher safe.

What’s more, this model is protected by Rada Cutlery’s lifetime guarantee. You can’t go wrong with this purchase.


  • Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 0.1 inches
  • Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Material: German HC Steel
  • Color: Silver
  • Blade length: 3.5 inches

Pros

  • Made of German HC steel
  • Rust resistant and stain resistant
  • Very ergonomic design
  • Lifetime guarantee

Cons

  • I couldn’t find any

While most people prefer Tuo cutlery’s fiery phoenix model because of its unique shape, I like the simpler 3.5 inches model more. The reason being, this model has a very sturdy presentation. Secondly, it’s the handle. It is very comfortable to hold and won’t slip while I am working with complicated cutting tasks.

While both models are part of the Black Hawk series and have similar features, I will talk about the differences below.

The blade is razor-sharp and made of German HC steel. This steel undergoes vacuum heat treatment and nitrogen cryogenic tempering to ensure flexibility, durability, and lasting performance.

Furthermore, the full tang structure is masterfully balanced by the triple-rivet built-in balance for superior resilience. Thus, it is very ergonomic. Due to this blade shape, each cut gets minimal slicing resistance. Hence you can work for hours without straining your hands.

As if all that isn’t enough, the TUO 3.5 inches Paring Knife comes with a lifetime guarantee to give you exemplary services for a lifetime. Therefore you can take it along on your professional career as a chef or use it whenever you want at home.


  • Dimensions: 9.4 x 2.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Weight: 1.44 ounces
  • Color handle: Silver
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Blade size: 2 3/8 inches

Pros

  • Sharp and retains sharpness
  • Rust-resistant
  • Excellent value for the money
  • Made in the USA

Cons

  • Hand wash only
  • Handle is rather short

Small blade with a curved edge, this stainless steel knife offers great quality under ten bucks. Can you believe that?

The 2 3/8 inches curved blade is somewhat short but perfect for intricate cutting tasks like peeling, quartering, coring, and chopping. The stainless steel construction makes it rust-resistant, stain-resistant, and keeps the blade plenty sharp for a while. The blade comes very sharp, and it doesn’t have the typical serrated edge you often find on inexpensive paring knife models in the market.

Like the previous Rada cutlery model on my list, its solid brushed aluminum handle is visually appealing. It also has a finger guard to protect against accidental cuts during work.

All in all, this blade is sharp, smooth, and feels good in the hand. Add it to your kitchen repository or gift it to your loved ones. Either way, it provides excellent value for money.


  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.6 x 1 inches
  • Weight: 3.52 ounces
  • Material: high carbon stainless steel
  • Color: Black
  • Size: 4 inches

Pros

  • Super sharp and extremely durable
  • Has an exquisite finish
  • Multipurpose knife
  • Limited warranty

Cons

  • Rather bulky so some people may find it awkward to hold
  • Not dishwasher safe

If you work in a busy kitchen and need a simple paring knife to get you through the day, then Kai wasabi’s traditional Japanese style 4 inches model is for you. It is simple, and it works. Due to 4 inches blade, it is slightly heavier than most of the models I previously reviewed. However, it is by no means less ergonomic or unbalanced.

It comes reasonably sharp, so you don’t need to hit the whetstone. The high-carbon stainless steel blade retains a very sharp edge for a long time. Although the blade is traditional, it is paired with a modern handle which is comfortable to hold but sometimes slips, particularly when your hands are wet. But what I like most about its handle is that it is very slim, compared to large western handles like Würsthof and Henckel’s models.

Overall, this little workhorse can be a good intermediate knife before you go on to buy the expensive ones.


Buyer’s Guide

To get the best paring knife, you should know what to look for as all such knives are not the same. Each has different features that impact the usability of your tool. Unless you are a professional, you need to have an understanding of all the features. So, read on as I delve deep into what specific features mean.

Blade

The world’s top brands are made of steel. There are other variations of material like stainless steel and high carbon steel.

Stainless steel knives are more affordable, easy to maintain for a household, and look stylish and pleasing to the eyes. But their drawback is sharpness retention issues. They require frequent sharpening.

Alternately, you can go for a high carbon steel option. They’re sharper, durable, and stronger. However, they are a tad bit complicated to maintain.

If you are using a paring knife occasionally, then go for stainless steel. For professionals and frequent use, high carbon steel knives provide the best value for money.

Type

There are two main types of paring knives in terms of the overall design. First, a semi tang knife has a blade that is partially inserted into the handle. My advice will be to avoid these types because while the working handle is under tremendous pressure. The blades of semi tang knives become loose and sometimes even fall off. In that scenario, you will have to replace the entire unit.

Conversely, there are full tang knives. In this type, the blade is present throughout the entire handle. This type is super strong and can easily withstand the toughest jobs. Professional chefs use full tang knives.

Sharpness

While all of the newer models are plenty sharp, you should look for one that is “razor-sharp”. The reason being, Razor-sharp knives can make kitchen tasks effortless and less time-consuming. I have mentioned a few models with a razor-sharp blade in my reviews. You should check that out.

Handle material

Most handles are made of composites. They are light yet durable enough to last a lifetime without cracking. However, they are not as aesthetically pleasing as metal handles. Metal handles are the most durable and look the best. Some low-end knives also come with a plastic handle. But of course, they are less reliable and should be avoided at all costs.

Handle shape

The shape of the handle impacts comfort levels. Flat and round handles are slippery and uncomfortable to hold. That is why I prefer contoured D handles the most. They have dents that make them non-slippery even when wet.

Blade length

You must have noticed that a majority of the products reviewed above have a particular blade length. This is because, my Ideal paring knives have blade lengths from 3 to 4 inches. They are most functional, compact, and comfortable to use. They are also exceptional for long term use. Though there are various options available in the 2 to 5 inches blade length range, such blades have awkward ergonomics.

The Angle of edge

Modern blades come with all possible angles you can imagine. However, I will advise you to look for one with a 14 or 15-degree angle on both sides. Such knives are exceptionally sharp and can cut through anything like butter. In addition, their sharpness retention is also excellent. Overall, these features help in easy usage.

Stain resistance

Thanks to modern technology, some of the newest models are stain-resistant. You can chop or peel anything without worrying about cleaning the knife afterward. It makes a massive difference because such knives are dishwasher friendly and very easy to clean. This feature is, of course, minimal and reserved for the most modern paring knives. This is because it increases the manufacturing cost. 

Dishwasher safe or not?

Never wash the cutlery in a dishwasher because their handles can get damaged under intense heat and pressure. Gently wash by hand with the help of warm water and soap. Rinse and dry afterward. Many times people complain that their item got damaged without any reason. Deliberately avoiding any mention of leaving it submerged in water for a longer period. Besides stainless steel or aluminum, sinks also pose a threat to paring knives because they can cause pitting on blades.

Best Paring Knife – Closing Thoughts

All said and done, the best paring knife provides a lot of convenience in the kitchen – whether in a restaurant or home. My list is by no means exhaustive. There are scores of paring knives in the market these days.  All the models featured in my article are well worth the price. However, you should choose one keeping in mind the disadvantages. Good luck, and have a nice day!