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Though it doesn’t get as much attention as larger chef’s knives, a great paring knife can be life-changing. Their size allows them to be nimble workhorses for peeling and dicing smaller fruits, vegetables, and herbs, and mincing garlic. They’re also essential for more intricate kitchen work, like de-seeding fruit, de-vining shrimp, or segmenting citrus fruits.

We’ve picked some of our favorites.

Best overall: Wusthof Classic Paring Knife

Built To Last

A timeless choice for any kitchen. Amazon

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Made in Germany, Wusthof knives are known for their exceptional quality. This paring knife is made from high carbon stainless steel—it’s extremely sharp and precise, and will maintain its edge—and has a finger guard. Perfect for slicing heirloom tomatoes for delicious tomato toast, or for displaying on a knife bar with a full collection.

Dishwasher safe: Henckels Forged Premio Paring Knife, 3-inch

All-Around Great Option

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Also German made, J.A. Henckels paring knife is 3-inches long, incredibly sharp, and keeps its edge. With three rivets, the steel is bonded strongly to the handle. This knife is perfect for peeling apples, removing strawberry tops, and creating garnishes. It’s even dishwasher safe.

Best value: Mercer Culinary Millennia 3.5-Inch Paring Knife

Great Backup

Peel, dice, and mince. Amazon

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Mercer Culinary Millennia’s paring knife marries a high-quality Japanese blade with a comfortable, slip-resistant handle and finger guard. The steel is rust, corrosion, and discoloration resistant—and for best results, you should hand wash it. Use it to chop veggies or dice onions.

Intricate design: TUO Paring Knife

Ornate Slicer

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Tuo’s paring knife is made from a high-carbon, beautiful stainless steel that will keep its sharpness for a long time. The ergonomic G-10 glass fiber handle is comfortable and able to withstand high heat.

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