Most cooks I know have a knife that they reach for first and most, one that sees more use than the others. For me, that stalwart is Global’s 4-inch paring knife, which has held front position on my wall-mounted knife magnet for years.
Global calls the tool a paring knife, and while it’s great for that, this knife does a lot more. Its angled blade and rounded handle are comfortable enough to curl your index finger around and rock-chop as you would with a larger chef’s knife. I often cook for one, and I use my Global parer all the time for small jobs like chopping a bit of tarragon, mincing a clove or two of garlic, and slicing carrots super-thin for weeknight miso soup. What’s more, this knife is presentable enough to appear on a cheese tray, where it makes easy work of cutting into hard cheeses like aged Cheddar and Parmesan. I’ve even used it as a steak knife.
For sharpening, Global recommends a fine-grit stone and a gentle touch. The knife is available from Professional Cutlery Direct (800-859-6994 or www.cutlery.com) for $41.