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Paring Knives

Paring knives are short, sharp and precise. Their blades are between 6 to 10 centimetres long, and this compact size lends them much better control than longer knives. They’re ideal for intricate kitchen work such as peeling and trimming (or ‘paring’), cutting, deseeding and deveining. At Season, we stock only the finest of paring knives – those which have been deemed excellent by our chefs and cooks after rigorous use in our test kitchen.


What is a paring knife used for?

Paring knives are small all-purpose knives. They provide better control than larger knives, and tend to be used for intricate kitchen work such as peeling and trimming (or ‘paring’), cutting, deseeding or deveining. 

Why is it called a paring knife?

To pare something is to peel, trim or cut away its outer edges. And paring knives do exactly that. Because they are so compact and sharp, they provide excellent control and are ideal for paring small vegetables and fruits. 

What is the difference between a paring knife and a chef’s knife?

The main difference between the two is length. The blade of a paring knife is between 6 to 10 centimetres, while the blade of a chef’s knife is between 15 to 36 centimetres (although between 15 and 23cm is most common). The small size of paring knives provides better control and is therefore more precise when it comes to delicate or intricate kitchen work. 

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