The paring knife is often overlooked but the truth is it is one of the single most-used knives in the kitchen. It is also unique with respect to where it is used...not just on a cutting board but also in hand.
With this in mind, we redesigned our paring knife to have a smaller, more nimble handle that feels great in hand and gives its user a wide amount of maneuverability. This knife works wonderful for small tasks that are easier completed by using the knife in-hand, such as hulling a strawberry, paring fruit, or deveining shrimp.
Each of our knives is numbered and unique. This paring, #1019, is handled with a base of acrylic resin in a camo pattern and up top is a black, honeycomb c-tek. The knife is lined with OD green G10 and the pins are black micarta. The blade has also been custom engraved with a WWII era bomber plane theme. We kept this paring fairly slim and it feels really good in hand.
This knife blade is composed of AEB-L stainless steel which is a high quality Swedish metal, originally developed for razor blades. Recently, steel suppliers have made this steel available in thicker sheets and it has proven to be an excellent adaptation for the cutlery industry.
AEB-L has a beautiful balance of carbon and chromium and, with proper heat treatment, this steel produces both a very fine edge as well as excellent toughness and edge stability. The fine grain structure also makes this steel very easy to sharpen. We believe it is one of the finest stainless steels available on the market today for use with kitchen knives.
As a side note, there are two things we like to mention about this steel:
1.) This steel responds beautifully to honing and if the knife is honed regularly it should need infrequent sharpening.
2.) AEB-L is a stainless steel but just barely. The higher carbon content in this stainless is what allows it to get a fine edge and higher hardness than other stainless steels but it also has a tendency to sometimes form very fine rust spots on the blade. If this happens, these are easily removed with a green scotch brite pad and usually the rough end of a kitchen sponge will also do the trick.
**The custom engraving is laser engraved on to the blade and will persist indefinitely so long as the knife is gently cared for. In some cases, however, the engraving will degrade over time if the blade is exposed to a heavy abrasives.
Blade Steel: AEB-L Stainless Steel
Total Length: 7.5 inches
Blade Length: 3.5 inches
Handle Material: Acrylic Resins in a Camo Pattern, OD green G10, Black Natural Micarta Pins
Grind:Full Flat Grind