An Illustrated Guide to Cutting EVERYTHING—and Which Knife You Should Use

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Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

What is it? A small common knife with a shorter blade than a utility knife.

What’s it for? Precision cutting including peeling,trimming, and slicing small fruits. Anything that you need to hold in your hand to cut calls for a paring knife, says Zwilling J.A. Henckels expert Joanna Rosenberg.

Pro tip: Handle it like a pro by holding the small fruit or vegetable in your less dominant hand, clutching it with your fingers for control. When you cut with your dominant hand, use your thumb as a guide for precision.

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For more of Rosenberg’s knife tips plus our market picks, click through the gallery, and pin or print our quick overview below for future reference!

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Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

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