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Victorinox 3-1/4-Inch Paring Knife Review

By: Kelly Burgess on November 10, 2017

Bottom Line

Professionals say the Victorinox 3-1/4-Inch Paring Knife is a great all-round choice. 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.


  • Thin and sharp
  • Maintains edge for a long time
  • Performs well in a range of tasks
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Lifetime warranty


  • Some consider it too flimsy
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Breaking it down


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 4-inch blade (Est. $10), but reviewers say the 3.25-inch is the best size for most people. Victorinox offers a lifetime warranty on their knives.

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