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Kyocera Ceramic Paring Knife

3.5 inch Revolution Series Parer

Posted by Ken

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Kyocera Ceramic Paring Knife Despite my predisposition to frown on ceramic knives due to their brittleness and the need to be sent back to the factory for sharpening, I really wanted to like this little knife. Unfortunately, it just didn't bring me around.

By virtue of their hardness and structure, ceramic materials can make for a very sharp knife which holds an edge for a long time. This hardness comes at a typically high cost in terms of the inherent fragility of the material, as it is very brittle, making for a very delicate knife. Normally, I wouldn't touch a ceramic knife meant for use on a board, but the idea of using one in hand is far more appealing, as there should be very little impact to the blade, assuming you're using a paring knife in a "normal" manner.

Even though I allowed the door on ceramics to creep open a bit, the basic construction and geometry of the blade just didn't work well for me, as the blade is a bit too deep and significantly thicker than I would like to see in a paring knife. Despite these drawbacks and my strong inclination to stick with materials I can sharpen and maintain, I think using ceramics for paring knives has some merit, assuming you can afford to have a second knife which can be used in rotation when the other is sent into the factory for resharpening.

If not, then I'd stick with some of the better made parers on the market, like the Mac or the Shun.

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