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Need help selecting utility / paring knife

Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:14 am

What is a function of the small knife???
Is it a slicer, dicer, scraper, pealer?

When I need it, .....to me it is all of the things above.

Hence lies the problem ...something that slices very good is hard and can chip if scraped, and the opposite, a flexible scraper maybe a poor slicer.
So I still have a few Henckels five stars that are dull but flexible and can use them for less demanding slicing duties.

There is too many choices to choose from, for a petty knife!!!!!!

I am trying to choose between:

1) Yoshiro 130mm
2) Masakage yuki 120mm
3) Possibly Konosuke HD2 120mm
4) Goko 120 or 150mm
5) Also 135mm DOJO is interesting
6) Someone suggested Tamahagane 3,5in
7) Maritaka 130mm

Please help me narrow the choice to 1-2 best out of the bunch and explain why you think that is.
Is it the F&F? Is it the steel? Is it the value for the money? Is it usability? Etc..Etc..

Thank You in Advance

Re: Need help selecting utility / paring knife

Fri Oct 11, 2013 11:23 am

I would go for either the Yuki or the Goko. The Goko would be my choice because of the value for money, it's a very competitively priced petty. The Yuki would be my choice because of the craftsmanship, the overall finish and the looks.

Re: Need help selecting utility / paring knife

Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:03 pm

IMO if you want a true paring knife, you need to be looking at 80-100 mm (3-4") models, like the Tamahagane 3.5" or Richmond Artifex 80mm paring. If you are looking for a utility knife - again IMO - a 150mm is more versatile than a 120mm.

The Goko 150 would be a great knife and a high value option. If you don't mind full carbon the Tanaka 150 Sekiso is a great cutter with a great grind and profile for a good price.

Also, can I ask what you mean by a scraper? What are you scraping? Just curious.

Re: Need help selecting utility / paring knife

Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:34 pm

I'm with Steve here....I can't use one knife for all of those tasks. It's either a 3.5" parer or a 6" petty. The 120mm petty's are too small to make a good petty and too long to make a good parer.

Re: Need help selecting utility / paring knife

Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:41 pm

Adam Marr wrote:I'm with Steve here....I can't use one knife for all of those tasks. It's either a 3.5" parer or a 6" petty. The 120mm petty's are too small to make a good petty and too long to make a good parer.
Reading my mind.
I like the Goko 150mm for the looks and value but that plastic ferule sure is a downer.

Re: Need help selecting utility / paring knife

Sun Oct 13, 2013 5:00 pm

After a tough selection...of many...many....many small knives, I liked the frosted Masakage and Yoshiro the most out of the bunch.
Yesterday I decided and bought a 130mm Yoshiro.

If I have to, at some point later to get an 80mm I will do so....but I never met a job that a 130mm could not do..... that 80mm can.

Thanks to everyone

Re: Need help selecting utility / paring knife

Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:12 pm

Nice knife.....I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

How we use knives is very individual....obviously. :)
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