A paring knife is a small, thin knife known for fine cuts and easy maneuvering. You’ll use it for peeling fruits and vegetables. Think prepping your potatoes for some yummy mash, or trimming the ends off green beans.
Chef’s knives are essential, all-purpose knives that can be used for dicing, chopping, mincing, or any everyday kitchen task. Basically, this is a must-have anytime you’re whipping something up.
A utility knife is a cross between a paring and a chef’s knife. It’s perfect for any task that is not delicate enough to require a paring knife but may be too delicate for a chef’s knife. Tip: It can also be used as an an all-purpose knife for beginners.
Kitchen shears (a.k.a. scissors) have a range of uses, including trimming meats and snipping herbs. Many models separate for easy cleaning. Tip: Although we’re guilty of this, try your best to resist using your kitchen shears when opening a package. Unfortunately, these household uses quickly reduce the sharpness of your blades.