Paring Knives

A paring knife has a short blade, sharp edges and a spear point and is a must have in any restaurant or commercial kitchen. Also called a chef's parer, this multi-purpose knife can slice, chop, and peel fruits and vegetables. Paring knives with a beak shape are great for peeling round fruits while those with serrated edges are good for food with tougher surface and tend to stay sharper longer. A "sheep's foot" paring knife has a flatter edge and is well suited for garlic or other smaller foods.