"There's no reason to buy a fancy paring knife," David Chang says. The chef, podcaster, television host, author and founder of the Momofuku restaurant group took to his secondary Instagram account, @normalpot, to discuss the excellence of using a cheap paring knife. And it's time you discover its merits firsthand.[editoriallinks id='79bb7314-3d64-4683-82bc-8d84ced7997e' align='left'][/editoriallinks]
The paring knife Chang shows off is from Wusthof and is available in a two-pack with a serrated knife for $15. Like he says, paring knives are great for utility work, such as peeling produce or deveining shrimp to name a couple. They're basically miniature chef's knives for jobs that don't require the big guns. And the control they offer makes them the ideal choice for precision cutting and intricate knife work.[product contentProductId='1e62ba62-42af-49ca-9c5f-5be36426fcea' mediaId='ac4cadea-7759-49c7-b264-38480fd4e219' align='center' size='large'][/product]
"This is one of the most indispensable tools in a professional kitchen," Chang says. "In the kitchens I've worked in, almost everyone uses this kind of paring knife. And it's the paring knife I use at home. I really only have this knife and like a chef's knife."
If you're ready to heed Chang's advice, he recommends spending no more than $10 on your next paring knife. Look for something with a plastic handle, which will keep the price tag low. Be sure to follow Chang on his main Instagram account, @davidchang, and @normalpot, for more reviews and product endorsements.