Calphalon® Katana 3 1/2-Inch Paring Knife
good ergonomics, fair edge, insanely hard
like every other knife in this calphalon series, this knife is the hardest thing in the kitchen, laughing at anything you can throw at it. The edge really could be sharper, as it's more wedge shaped and designed for breaking down heavier items, which works for the chef's knives, but for a paring knife, I want a razor thin edge to peel and make thin incisions with.
I was initially underwhelmed with the edge, but after having the angle changed by my professional sharpener, it's now one of the best knives I've ever used
sturdy, obscenely thick spine and 60 on the hardness scale (most knives are 50-55) means this little thing will outlive your grandkids. the flat, straight edge is just awesome for getting a clean, wide slice when peeling, but while most paring knives can be laid flat along the cutting board and clear your fingers, this one cannot. You have to hold the food up in the air or only use the point to pierce and split, which it does well, but takes some getting used to. not a good paring knife for people who don't know how to using paring knives, but for the rest of us, it's great
Two other drawbacks: Firstly, the bulge at the base of the blade means that if you stick it in a knife block, you have a half inch of sharp knife sticking out. a rasp or loose hacksaw blade taken to my cheap old knife block made a cutout that the knife fits flush into in about 10 minutes.
Second, this is an extremely high carbon stainless steel. the benefits are a longer lasting blade that can hold a sharper edge, but the downside is that it CAN rust if you put it away wet or leave it in water or god forbid, run it through the dishwasher (which you should never do to any knife, but the calphalon katana series will punish you for it) water spots that form are very superficial and scrub off easily enough, but enough misuse will shorten the lifespan of the edge and rust would just ruin the beautiful damascus look.
Overall, this is a decent paring knife that becomes one of the best money can buy if you're willing to spend a few bucks on having a professional sharpener change the edge to make it a little more precise. with such a high hardness, this knife really could have come from the factory with a steeper, sharper edge, because you really won't have to worry about it wearing down quickly.
August 9, 2014
Fabulous Paring Knife
I bought this knife open stock, as I am bit by bit trying to replace only the knives I "need" the most (I can buy nicer knives that way!).
I am VERY picky about paring knives, in particular. I couldn't be happier with this one. It is fabulously sharp, and fits beautifully in the hand. Considering that the price is equal to the bottom-line Wustoff parer at Macy's, I think it is a phenomenal buy!
November 2, 2010
Calphalon Paring Knife
Funny looking, but feels great in the hand.
Sturdy enough to slice steadily through thicker items easily.
April 2, 2011
Paring knife by Calphalon
This is a very handy knife. Nice and sharp. The only problem with it is that it has no cover. But I like it a lot.
February 6, 2011
Great, inexpensive utility knife
A very useful yet inexpensive utility/paring knife...
Fits well in the hand and has a great edge.
January 5, 2011