What is the best mating knife?

by | May 14, 2014 | cutlery and knife | 3 comments

The pairing knife comes in a number of different styles, but the knife has a primary use, and that is the tackling of the intricate kitchen filling tasks and allows for greater control than a larger knife can offer, and which your other kitchen knives just cannot tackle.

A pairing knife is an important part of any set of kitchen knives, and it is a nice little knife for pairing or peeling fruits or vegetables, but it can be used for many other tasks in the kitchen. A pairing knife can generally be used for basic utility work in the kitchen. A pairing typically has a thin knife blade that is 3 to 4 inches long and tapers to a point.

As with all the best kitchen knives, choose the best pairing knife for personal preference and how the knife feels in your hand and what you want to do with it in the kitchen. Some mating knives are better suited for different prepping tasks and I will go into the different mating knife styles later in this article.

Our recommended best pairing knives

Pairing Knife Blade Styles

Not all mating knives are the same and they come in different styles and each with a specific function:

Sheep foot cutting knife

Sheep’s foot: this pairing knife has a straight cutting blade and is a great knife for general peeling and pairing of fruit or for cutting vegetables. When you think of a pairing knife, this is the knife you would imagine.

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Wavy Edge mating knife

Wavy edge: with a slightly serrated blade, this pairing knife is great for cutting crust or skin with a soft inside, and the slightly serrated edge makes cutting thin slices of tomatoes a breeze.

the chef's mating knife

Chefs: as the name suggests and what it looks like, this is basically a miniature version of a chef’s knife and can be used for general preparation where a less common kitchen knife is needed.

Bird's Beak mating knife

The birds beak: This pair is designed to peel any round fruit or vegetable like apples or potatoes. The bird’s beak knife is good for intricate work such as velveting, turning or other precise cutting tasks.

Clip point cutting knife

Clip point: it’s the knife you reach for when you want to remove your eyes from potatoes or pit fresh olives. It can also be used for real hardcore peeling and prepping and is ideal for communal chefs peeling buckets of potatoes.

Pairing / boning mating knife

Mating / boning: trying to bone a delicate bird? This is the kitchen knife you need. It works much like a typical boning knife, but on a much smaller scale.

Our pairing knife’s top choice

Victorinox Swiss Classic 4-inch mating knife, spearhead

Victorinox Swiss Classic 4-inch mating knife, spearhead

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Victorinox kitchen knives are generally excellent knives and this pairing knife is no different. It has a fibrox non-slip handle that ensures a good grip, even with the coolest hands.

Not as heavy as the more expensive mating knives, like Wusthof or Shuns, but for everyday use it will be your knife.

We love the Victorinox knives and we tend to recommend them most on the whole page. If you are looking for a budget knife that does not break the bank, this is a knife that must have.

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Zwilling JA Henckels colored mating knives with two handles, set of 4

Zwilling JA Henckels Twin Grip Colored Paring Knives, set of 4

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Not sure which pairing knife you need? Not a problem this set is for you. It contains 4 of the most common knife knives at a good price.

There is a 4-1 / 2-inch serrated tool knife (red handle) with a rounded point for cutting tomatoes, a 3-inch low-point knife with a straight edge (yellow handle) for cutting fruit and vegetables into thin slices, a 4- inch pairing knife in classic style (green handle), a 2-1 / 4-inch curved blade knife (blue handle) for peeling and shaping.

All handles are structured for a secure grip, even when wet, and the lightweight construction of the pairing blades helps prevent wrist strain.

The knives are stamped knives and not forged (but what do you expect at this good price?), Although they are cheap, they should last if they are fitted properly.

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