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Old 01-15-2008, 02:54 PM   #1
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What size paring knife do you use?

hi! i see alot of discussion regarding sizes of cook or chef's knives but not really any discussion on paring knife size. just wondering what sizes ya'll use. i don't personally have one but found if i were to get one i'd probably get a 3". i tried a few 3.5" and 4" paring knives and felt they were too big for me to do any good.

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Old 01-15-2008, 02:55 PM   #2
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I have a 3" and a 4" and use them interchangeably
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Old 01-15-2008, 02:55 PM   #3
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I have a 3.5" so I don't need two.



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Old 01-15-2008, 03:14 PM   #4
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I had to measure....MIne are Dexter Russell.....3 1/4 in.
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Old 01-15-2008, 04:47 PM   #5
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I have a 3.5" so I don't need two.



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Old 01-16-2008, 12:31 AM   #6
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I get the most use out of a Messermeister Tourne knife, don't even know the length...must be about 2.5" or so.
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A Tourne knife is different from a paring knife though. It is more geared towards the aforementioned type of cut. Used more for garnish and detailed work because of the turned tip.

A paring knife is a more "general" purpose. Sure a tourne can do much of the same, the blade is always smaller, and bent, but then again, I might just be splitting hairs here.......carry on....
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I have a 3" and a 4" and use them interchangeably
me, too. I also have a couple of "specialty" paring knives that are helpful for turning vegetables. but I hate doing that!
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Old 01-16-2008, 04:58 AM   #9
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Paring knives come in a variety of lengths? I had no idea!

To be honest, I haven't paid much attention to the length of my paring knives. Looking now, it appears I prefer four inch (or thereabout) models. I've got a Vic/For four inch and two Opinel ("au carbone" ooh la la) paring knives that are three and a quarter.

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A paring knife is a more "general" purpose. Sure a tourne can do much of the same, the blade is always smaller, and bent, but then again, I might just be splitting hairs here.......carry on....
You do that too?

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Old 01-16-2008, 09:08 AM   #10
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My wife seems partial to her 3" Wusthof forged round belly parer (don't see that model around anymore). I cut a 1/4" choil into it to facilitate sharpening and so she can cut with the heel of the blade.
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