Paring Knives

Smooth or serrated, by definition a paring knife is used in hand and up off of the cutting board. Paring knives come in three basic shapes, although the names of these shapes may vary by distributer. Ranging from 3 to 4.5 inches in length, spear point parers can be identified by the shape of their blade the spine and tip of which meet in the immediate center of the knife. Spear points are the most common style of paring knife manufactured. The second style is known as a sheepsfoot parer although this shape is sometime referred to as kudamono. The straight edged spine of a sheepsfoot parer is distinct in that it rounds down to meet the dead flat edge of the knife. The last shape of paring knife available is known as a birds beak peeler or parer. This hook shaped blade is ideal for specialized tasks like fluting mushroom caps and is the perfect tool for executing the French seven sided cut known as tourné.

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