Paring knives are a lot shorter than other knives, with blades of only 7.5 centimeters to 10 centimeters (three to four inches). Paring knives are used for small jobs such as peeling and slicing fruit and vegetables, and chopping herbs or onions. You can even use a paring cutlery to core apples. Because of this, paring knives are one of the most used knives in the kitchen.
For a professional chef or an at home chef a paring knife set is an absolute must and is easily available on the market. Paring cutlery are made of either forged steel or stainless steel of only the highest quality. If you buy paring knives that have plastic handles, these have a tendency to break or snap.
However, if it is just used for small cutting jobs and not used for hours on end like it would be in a professional kitchen then this would be fine. If you want paring cutlery that have longer durability you should look at buying a high quality paring knife set. They have sturdy handles made of metal or wood and the blades are sharp and durable.
When purchasing paring knives, the buyer should also buy a knife sharpener. Since paring knives are used so often the blades become dull and are no longer sharp after some time. You should easily be able to find a knife sharpener when purchasing the paring knife set as most kitchen stores sell them together. If you want a very high quality paring knife set, it may be best to purchase it online or at a knife shop.
One thing that the buyer should be aware of about paring cutlery is that they should never be used to chop hard substances. These knives are made to make small cuts on soft surfaces such as fruits and vegetables. If you wish to peel an apple, it would be best to use a paring knife.
Historically, paring knives had blades that were made of just a normal non strengthened steel; however, they were quickly replaced with stainless steel blades as the normal steel would rust when they were exposed to water and left wet making the steel oxidize. Of course rust in a meal was never a good look for a top chef, and it may have been harmful to the health of the people eating the food.
To successfully use paring cutlery it takes some practice and of course plenty of patience which you should always have when handling a knife of any size. Because the blade is small and you generally use a paring knife for intricate work you need to have some expertise in the handling of the knife. There are many things you cannot use paring cutlery for such as chopping bones, as you will ruin the knife and in fact you may even break it. Without paring knives, a chef or home cook would not be able to do many of the small jobs that are needed in the kitchen on a daily basis.