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Best bang for the buck paring knife?

Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:29 pm

I'm just starting to move from German knives to Japanese. Have several Shun's and love them for the craftsmanship and feel. Two questions: what is your opinion of the
Tojiro Pro roller sharpener for my Shun's?
Second question, I'm looking for a 3" to 5" paring knife. What's your recommendation for bang for the buck and high quality?
Marty

Re: Best bang for the buck paring knife?

Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:36 pm

Hi Marty,

I highly recommend you try sharpening with stones. You will bet much better results than the hand held sharpeners like the tojiro roll sharpener. If you don't think sharpening with stones is for you I would recommend this minosharp instead: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/glmipl3sh.html

For a good bang for the buck paring/petty knife try this Fujiwara stainless petty: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/fufkmpe12.html

Re: Best bang for the buck paring knife?

Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:41 pm

I like both the Mac:

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/macprpakn31.html

And my preference goes to the Shun:

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kepakn31.html

The Shun may not be cheap, but it's still my favorite and I have strong preferences for a paring knife. :)

Re: Best bang for the buck paring knife?

Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:00 pm

Marty - are you wanting a true paring knife (3-3.5") or more of a utility knife 5-6"? They are quite different in purpose and use.

Re: Best bang for the buck paring knife?

Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:41 pm

There is a Shun parer in the Classifieds.

http://www.chefknivestogoforum.com/shun-classic-4-inch-paring-knife-brand-new-t4574.html

I have a shun parer as well, the 3 1/2" that Adam posted. Its pretty new, but has gotten quite a bit of use. Blade shape and handle size is really nice.

Mowgs

Mods please take this down if posting links to the classifieds isnt ok.

Re: Best bang for the buck paring knife?

Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:10 pm

The Shun 3.5"<--link is one of my two favorite parers ever, but @$90... I don't know how comfortable I feel recommending it in this context. Yes, I feel it is an awesome knife, bang-for-the-buck, but I can't help but recognize it is still $26 an inch.

I love the Tamahagane 95mm parer, as well, but it's $15 more. Sturdy enough to scrape bones, thin enough to stay nimble, and it's got some heel.

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Re: Best bang for the buck paring knife?

Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:16 pm

If I was in the market, I'd snatch that Shun up in the classifieds @$65

Re: Best bang for the buck paring knife?

Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:09 am

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/glpakn31gs.html

I have this parer and I love it. FWIW, this is the sharpest OOTB knife I've ever owned.

Re: Best bang for the buck paring knife?

Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:27 pm

DAVE <> What kind of knives do you own? :shock:

Re: Best bang for the buck paring knife?

Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:03 pm

Melampus wrote:DAVE <> What kind of knives do you own? :shock:

Tojiro DP Gyuto 240(just sold it)
Richmond Artifex Wa-Gyuto with the FKM steel
Shun Classic 6 Inch Chef's Knife
That Global Parer
Chicago Cutlery Walnut Handle Bread Knife(can't get myself to pay more then $20 on a bread knife right now lol)

Pretty generic collection thus far. IDK, maybe I got rather lucky but the Global out of the box was easily shaving arm hair and cutting through paper like a Samurai sword and isn't too shabby going through fruits and vegetables either. :D

Not that any of the other knives were really dull, but that thing was incredibly sharp OOTB.

I've read others who don't like Globals, this is my only real experience with them though aside from using a chef's Global chef knife for a few hours years back, on a one day catering job working prep and line and I didn't have my own knives. That knife wasn't that sharp but it was also old and beat up and looked like it had never been sharpened period.
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