Because so much slicing and chopping is best done with a small knife, you'll use this one again and again.
Whenever you need to peel, core, or remove seeds from fruits or vegetables, this knife, with its small size, sharp tip, and thin blade, is the one to use. The sharp tip is also good for mincing small items such as garlic or shallots.
Where to Find It
A good paring knife can be found at kitchenware, houseware, and some grocery stores, as well as online. It is worthwhile to invest in a sturdy one ($20 to $45) that will last for many years.
What to Look For
Choose a paring knife with a thin, regular (not serrated) blade of stainless steel or high-carbon stainless steel; the blade can range from 2 1/2 to 4 inches in length. The handle should feel comfortable in your grip. Some knives are made with a soft handle (rubber or plastic) that prevents them from slipping out of your hand.