Paring knives are small knives designed to preform small tasks such as peeling or carving fruits and vegetables. Paring knives are often used in the hand and off of the cutting board. Paring knives can range from about 3 inches on up to about 5 inches. Paring knives vary somewhat in profile since users vary in both their technique and the products they commonly use in cooking. Paring knives have a lot of crossover in use and design with utility knives and Japanese petty knives. Anyone looking for a paring knife should consider whether one of these other knife types may also fit their needs.