I appreciate how quick you posted this topic; it will serve as an area where I can pick some brains about other paring knife options.
Melampus is on the right track, I am looking for a paring knife rather then a petty; I understand that petty's are considered the Japanese version of a paring knife, however after viewing a few more of the full size images I'm reconsidering limiting myself to just a paring knife and instead getting a 120mm petty instead; can a few people who own petty knives weigh in on their effectiveness acting as paring knives?
Since this is doubling as a topic for picking out my next knife I'll post my specs.
1. Are you right handed? - Right Handed, yes.
2. What type of knife are you interested in - Paring, considering Petty after some discussion.
3. What size knife are you looking for 80-120mm, will decide after some discussion.
4. Do you prefer carbon or stainless steel? - I have a high carbon steel knife and love it, but I hear that the more advanced stainless [AEBL] get just as sharp.
5. Do you prefer a western handle or a Japanese handle? Japanese by a hair, as long as it's a good handle I don't care as much as I'm good with either.
6. How much did you want to spend? Nothing?
- Around 100$, 150$ if I can truly justify it.
7. Do you know how to sharpen? I'm probably receiving my first set this holiday season, and I have the money to buy it personally if I don't.
Some prospective paring knives thus far:http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tasmpe90as.html
Really more of an eyecandy thing, I can't bring myself to spend more then I did on my gyuto for a paring knife. It looks like a fabulous knife but that price tag SMARTS. If it goes on sale or drops in price then I'll swoop in on it but I just can't spend that kind of money on a paring knife right now. Out of Stock anywayhttp://www.chefknivestogo.com/dopakn80.html
It's AS which is a steel I know I like, the price is right, but the handle looks off to me for some reason. Could be my eyes but what do you guys think.http://www.chefknivestogo.com/riar80pakn.html
Artifex, I know Mark makes good knives and this one is economical and if it gets the performance that I've come to love from your knives it's a bargain.
I've started looking at petty's too.http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kohdwape12.html
It was a real toss-up between an HD2 or a Richmond Laser AS when I was going for a gyuto; I might take this as an opportunity to test the HD2 line but it's out of stock. ; (http://www.chefknivestogo.com/moritaka12.html
Not sure yet, I have a good feeling about this one however.http://www.chefknivestogo.com/riaosula15pe.html
On the very edge of my price point, but I own it as a gyuto and can not say enough good things about it. Also out of stock. :c
Of course, I'm just as glad to consider any other knife suggestions; this is just a small selection of what I'm considering out of your vast stock.