Many people don't invest much in paring knives, either in money or in thought. If you are used to the thin blades of cheap knives that won't even peel an apple without wandering, this 4" knife from J. A. Henckels will be a pleasant change. Forged from a single bar of high carbon stainless steel, and with a comfortable synthetic handle that gives you more control and less fatigue, the Henckels paring knife could actually be the knife you use the most.
Forged blades have a lot of competition today from the new and improved stamped or laser cut knives that offer high quality and light weight. Even though this knife is a little heavier than some modern rivals, the weight difference is hardly noticeable and is put to good use. The forged bolster and taper ground blade make sense in this application, resulting in a blade that's big enough to separate joints and trim meat, but small enough to do accurate piercing work on vegetables and fruit.
Easily maintained at razor sharpness with regular use of a sharpening steel, the Henckels paring knife is likely to always be at hand, even in a professional kitchen. Although it's dishwasher safe, proper care of this good knife means a quick hand wash, to protect both edge and finish.
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