NORA #1248 - Pom Paring - Purple Haze
- Blade Type: Paring
- Blade Length: 3.5 Inches
- Total Length: 8 Inches
- Handle Style: Western | Right or Left Hand Use
- Steel: AEB-L Stainless Steel
- Handle Materials: Urethane Based Resins (hues of purple, blue & pink), Lime Green G10 Liner, Stainless Steel Pins
- Rockwell Hardness: 62 HRC
- Grind Type: Full Flat
- This Blade is Ground...
- Thin for Performance (best performance but delicate)
- >>>Thick for Durability (tough, built to last for heavy wear-n-tear)
- Mid-Range with Special Geometry (specially ground for food release and glide but blade is kept slightly thicker for durability)
- This Knife Feels...
- Heavy in Hand (hefty, durable)
- Light (nimble, maneuverable)
- >>>Not too heavy, not too light (Switzerland)
GENERAL USES OF THIS KNIFE
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 wonderfully for small tasks that are easier completed by using the knife in-hand, such as hulling a strawberry, paring fruit, or deveining shrimp.
CTS-XHP Stainless Steel
This knife blade is made from CTS-XHP stainless steel which is a premium stainless steel that we rarely offer because it is fairly hard to source. This steel has excellent durability for a stainless steel and it also can be taken to a fairly high hardness at 62 HRC. A higher hardness generally translates to greater edge retention and sharpness which is why this is such a sought after steel. Besides this, the actual stain resistance on this steel is high. This may seem counter-intuitive as it is a "stainless" steel but many other stainless steels have a tendency to form small rust spots. They are "stainless," but just barely. Not so much with XHP.
The benefit to this steel is that it is as durable and stain resistant as the production steels used by the larger cutlery companies, but you get a keener edge and better edge retention. In a nutshell, this steel has a great combination of performance, durability and stain resistance. You're not sacrificing one for the other which is nice when it comes to kitchen use.
Please note though that we ground these paring knives thicker! We did this because, in our experience, its the humble paring knife that gets the hardest workout in the kitchen in terms of wear and tear. It usually does double duty cutting boxes, through wrappers, etc. so we keep these a wee bit thicker such that they are durable and you will not likely chip an edge or tip.
HANDLE DESIGN & MATERIALS:
Every one of our knives is handmade, unique and numbered. This lil' paring is a beautiful resin mix that has shimmering hues of purple, blue and a small amount of pink. Behind the resin you will find a small G10 liner in lime green which adds durability to the knife handle and also gives just a little bit of pop. The resin is both durable and easy to maintain which are two great options when it comes to a paring knife.
For good effect, we also added a playful engraving to this paring featuring a pattern of fanciful pomegranates.
We like the formality of this wallpaper-like graphic engraved on our petite little paring knives. Put it to work by day and let it collect compliments on a charcuterie or cheese platter at night. Sassy but classy!
(Please note that the engraving is on the front (logo) side only. )
**This knife has been custom engraved. The engraving was done via laser so there is depth to the engraving more so than you see with an electro etch. We do, however, keep the depth minimal so it does not catch food and minimally interferes with the primary cutting function of the knife. A small amount of stickage is normal around the engraved area, especially initially. This will lessen over time as the blade is used. Please note though, if performance is your #1 priority then we encourage you to NOT purchase this blade. A blade with no engraving WILL have a smoother glide than a blade with engraving. For most, however, this difference is so minimal that it is barely noticed. We just like to provide a full disclosure up front so you know exactly what you are purchasing.
The engraving should last as long as the knife but please note that it will slightly degrade over time as abrasives are used on the knife. We recommend the soft end of a sponge with soap and water for cleaning and mineral oil periodically to condition the blade (and handle). Keep in mind that stronger abrasives, such as steel wool, scotch brite pads, sand paper or stone sharpening directly on the engraved image will further degrade the image.