Paring knives may be one of those tools you don’t think much about, but when you have a dull knife, you know it. Having the right knife for the right job is a crucial component of culinary success. High-quality knives can also make all the difference in the kitchen. Paring knives are all-purpose implements that make short work of peeling fruits and vegetables and dicing foods. With a variety of styles and features, there’s a Williams-Sonoma paring knife that becomes your go-to tool in the kitchen.
You can’t go wrong with ceramic knives. These knives offer state-of-the-art ceramic blades that remain sharp up to 10 times longer than steel blades. Many cooks prefer ceramic knives because the blades never react to different foods, which can cause flavor and color changes. With a ceramic paring knife, you can enjoy the ergonomic design that actually reduces user fatigue, especially with those lengthy cooking projects, like peeling and slicing apples to make pies or homemade applesauce. The lightweight design of ceramic paring knives also makes this tool easy to use, so you’ll reach for it for all your slicing and dicing needs.
A cook looking for unparalleled quality can always turn to Santoku knives. These precision cutting instruments are designed with hollow-edged depressions along the blades of the chef’s knives and paring knives, which help reduce friction and food sticking to the blades. Blades are made of high-carbon steel, which keeps them stain- and corrosion-free. The edges of Santoku knives have special properties that actually make them 20 percent sharper than other knives. You can also count on triple rivets on the handles, which give you extra control and durability. Contours on the handles help make these knives feel more comfortable in your hand.
Once you invest in high-quality paring knives, you will need to maintain them properly. Knife sharpeners ensure that your knives remain effectively and safely sharp. Electric knife sharpeners couldn’t be simpler to use. These tools will sharpen any knife, including serrated and Santoku knives. With three separate slots, you simply insert your knives to sharpen, hone and polish them. Handheld knife sharpeners sharpen knives manually to keep your tools precisely sharp. Simply hold the sharpener in your hand while you use the two-stage sharpening and honing process. You could also opt for a strop knife sharpener designed for Nesmuk knives. The leather strop is the perfect surface for maintaining the original sharpness of these knives.
Cutting boards serve as a functional cutting surface in the kitchen, plus they often add decorative warmth and charm. Keep paring knives and other implements sharp and protect your counters with a wood cutting board made of maple, walnut, cherry, birch or acacia wood. Many wood cutting boards have a well around the perimeter to catch meat juices, which you can then use for gravy or sauce. Special edge grain carving boards have all the features you want for preparing meats and poultry. Other cutting board materials available include NSF-certified polypropylene, slate and even flexible cutting boards made out of BPA-free plastic.
Keep paring knives and other knives safe with special knife storage. Wood knife blocks are a traditional choice, and these storage blocks are available in bamboo, cherry, walnut, acacia and more. A steel storage block can be a sleek addition to any kitchen. Knife storage can also take on a modular dimension with a block made out of Corian, designed for both function and style. Magnetic blocks, magnetic wall-mounted storage and drawer organizers are also available.
Keep all of your knives, including paring knives, in pristine condition with a variety of cutlery accessories.