Paring knife

Paring knife

The blade of a paring knife shouldn’t exceed 10 cm in length. For optimum use, choose a blade that is 7–9 cm long. Blades come in stainless steel, ceramic, and even in carbon steel, in which Japanese manufacturers specialize. Among these, the kudamono, the Japanese equivalent of the paring knife, does the same things but is more expensive (average 100 euros). In addition to the straight-edge paring knife, there is a knife with a much smaller, curved blade known as a bird’s beak knife. It is used to peel fruit and vegetables and can also be used to carve them into a regular shape, a technique known as “turning” vegetables.
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