The Henckels Twin Signature 3-Inch Kudamono Hollow Edge Paring Knife adds the hollows of a santoku to a thin, sheepsfoot-style blade. This would be a great paring knife even without the hollows.
Made from laser-cut high carbon stainless steel, the Henckels Kudamono fills out the full tang handle with slabs of dark polymer, shaped to fit the hand comfortably. The knife is easily controlled and cuts well, although you’ll need to hone the blade occasionally to keep it razor sharp. The sheepsfoot style of blade is often used for cutting against a flat surface, but the advantage here is more control over peeling and trimming. The dropped point style is actually easier to use accurately than a curved tip.
A paring knife is the knife which nearly always begins my time in the kitchen, and it’s one that nearly every cook uses daily. A good paring knife makes many of the first prep jobs go considerably faster, so it’s worth investing in one that works well. This small blade from Henckels does that and won’t break the budget, either. The laser-cut knives from Henckels cost much less than forged versions and often perform as well. You may even prefer the slight flexibility of this efficient knife to a stiffer forged blade.
Realistically, you may never be able to tell if that row of slight hollows actually does much. If a paring knife is thin enough to cut well and strong enough to last, it really doesn’t get much better. This one scores highly on both counts.
The Kudamono is an excellent knife, but if you prefer the classic European style, see the Wusthof Ikon Paring Knife with Grenadill Handle.
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