Victorinox 3-1/4-Inch Paring Knife Review

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Victorinox 3-1/4-Inch Paring Knife Review
Bottom Line

The home kitchen needs only three knives, say experts -- a chef's knife, bread knife and paring knife -- and professionals say the Victorinox 3-1/4-Inch Paring Knife is the only paring knife you need. It gets raves for its thin, sharp blade and pointy tip that stay sharp for years. It's also dishwasher safe, and most reviewers say tossing it in the dishwasher doesn't affect its performance. A few people say it seems flimsy, and prefer a forged paring knife.

ProsThin and sharp, Maintains edge for a long time, Performs well in a range of tasks, Dishwasher safe, Lifetime warrantyConsSome consider it too flimsy

Breaking it down

Performance

Great for a variety of tasks. The thin, sharp blade and pointed tip of the Victorinox 3-1/4-Inch Paring Knife gets raves for the fine work you need to do in the kitchen; peeling apples, pitting strawberries, removing eyes from potatoes, and mincing and chopping scallions and herbs. Most reviewers say it feels well-balanced and is comfortable for even long work sessions, such as preparing fruits for canning. Owners and professional testers say it stays sharp for a long time and, for the price, they just toss it and buy another; more frugal types say it sharpens very nicely when it begins to dull.

Construction and care

Lightweight and comfortable The Victorinox paring knife is made of stainless steel, with a plastic, slip-resistant handle. A few say this paring knife feels flimsy, and one professional tester says it seems light and "plasticky," but many say that light touch is what they want in a knife meant for delicate tasks. In spite of its plastic handle, most say it feels sturdy in your hand, and doesn't slip or turn easily. Victorinox knives are dishwasher safe, and a number of reviewers say putting it in the dishwasher doesn't affect its performance, although most say they prefer to hand wash their knives. This paring knife is also available with a 3.25- or a 4-inch blade, but reviewers say the 3.5-inch is the best size for most people. Victorinox offers a lifetime warranty on their knives.

Our Sources

1. TheSweetHome.com

The Best Paring Knife, Lesley Stockton, April 6, 2015

Experienced cook Lesley Stockton put in more than 30 hours of research and testing of eight paring knives. She ultimately chooses the Victorinox 3-1/4-inch Paring Knife, saying it makes quick work of delicate tasks and is comfortable to hold and easy to control. For the price, she says, it's a great knife.

2. Cook's Illustrated

Paring Knives, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, January 2011

Editors of Cook's Illustrated test 10 paring knives, including the Victorinox 3-1/4-Inch Paring Knife. Each knife is evaluated for cutting, peeling, precision and edge retention. Three knives are Highly Recommended, and one is named a Best Buy as well.

3. Priceonomics.com

The Minimum Viable Kitchen, Matt Maroon, Jan. 10, 2013

Matt Maroon, a self-described "foodie," lists the minimum, must-have products that he feels are necessary to create gourmet food. Price is a consideration in his choices and he picks the Victorinox 3-1/4-inch Paring Knife. He doesn't say much about it, except that it's a fantastic knife for the price.

4. Amazon.com

Victorinox 47508 3-1/4-Inch Paring Knife, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2015

The Victorinox 3-1/4-Inch Paring Knife earns a 4.6 star out of 5 rating in roughly 660, reviews. Owners say this paring knife is plenty sharp and holds its edge well. They also say it's light and easy to handle. A few say it seems flimsy or that it doesn't match the quality of other Victorinox knives they own.