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Pure Komachi 2 Series Paring Knife

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  • 3-1/2-inch paring knife great for garnishing and fine detail work, as well as for small cutting jobs like lemons, limes, and trimming fat from meats
  • High-carbon stainless-steel blade retains super-sharp edge over time
  • Color is made by bonding food-safe FDA-approved resin to the stainless-steel blade
  • Non-stick resin coating resists corrosion, makes cleaning simple, and helps blade glide through food with ease
  • Handle is lightweight and ergonomically contoured for a comfortable, fatigue-reducing grip
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Product Description

Brilliant monochromatic colors make the Pure Komachi 2 series a real eye-catcher. But all that fun-loving color has a serious purpose too. The color-coding makes it easy to choose the right knife for the job. It also helps guard against cross-contaminating food; color coding can help to prevent you from using the knife the knife you used to cut meat now on the vegetables. The bold blade color is achieved by bonding food-safe FDA approved resin to high-carbon stainless-steel blades. This non-stick coating resists corrosion, makes cleaning simple and helps the knife glide through food with ease. The Pure Komachi 2 color-matched handles are lightweight and ergonomically contoured for a comfortable, fatigue-reducing grip. Incredibly sharp and decidedly attention-getting, Pure Komachi 2 knives make a delightful addition to any kitchen. Covers included.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8.6 x 0.8 x 1.5 inches
Item Weight 3.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Komachi
ASIN B0029XJSUO
Item model number AB5068
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4.5 out of 5 stars 142 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #23,394 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#33 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Knives & Cutlery Accessories > Paring Knives
#412 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Utensils & Gadgets > Fruit & Vegetable Tools
Date first available at Amazon.com May 5, 2003

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This is a great little knife with a major identity crisis. Someone else said it works well as a small chef's knife and I agree. It's a great little utility knife. However, it absolutely stinks as a paring knife. I was using it for the first time yesterday to hull and chop strawberries for jam and it is downright dangerous as a paring knife. When your hand and thumb are placed where you need them for paring and cutting, the heel (which you can see in the picture protrudes quite far and angles out) is perfectly positioned for cutting you in the tender area between your thumb and index finger. It happened to me three times before I just gave up and grabbed my Henckels instead.

If you're looking for a great little knife on the cheap, pick this one up. If you're looking for a true paring knife, keep searching. I would highly recommend something with a shorter heel. I'm sure someone out there will think I'm just a dope who just doesn't know how to use a knife properly, but I assure you, I'm no spring chicken. I've been at this cooking thing for a while.
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This knife is brought to us by KAI, the company responsible for Shun kitchen knives and Kershaw and Zero Tolerance sporting knives. Of course, this knife represents the opposite end of the price-quality spectrum from Shun.

The Pure Komachi line is very comparable to Kuhn-Rikon's Colori line. I prefer the Pure Komachi knives, as they are flat-ground instead of hollow. That's just my preference.

The "nonstick" coating is really there to cut manufacturing costs and keep the knife cheap. It is cheaper to coat a big run of these knives than it is to polish the bare metal. I'd rather have a plain steel finish, but at these prices, it's hard to complain.

This little parer is an excellent pattern, much more like a miniature chef's knife than most paring knives. It has that sort of raised-handle format where your fingers slot in behind the blade, and you can get the whole edge down on a cutting board and make "rocking" cuts. And it cuts like crazy because the blade is quite thin.

It comes with a plastic blade cover so that you can toss it in a drawer and not worry about dinging the edge. I wish that all knives did.

The steel is 420J2 stainless, the lowest-carbon cutlery-grade steel there is. Compared to other cutlery steels, it will not hold an edge very long, but to be honest, it's hard for the average person to tell any difference in edge-holding between this knife and a more expensive one made of "better" steel. Most kitchen knives are run pretty soft so that they dent or roll instead of chipping or breaking on impact, and so that they'll be easy to sharpen.

You can easily get a scary edge on 420J2, and it is very corrosion-resistant. It also keeps the price of the knife down.

So yes, this knife is CHEAP. But it cuts and handles great.
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This knife has virtually replaced the paring knives in my knife block. I'm not sure what made me get it (I purchased it cheaply at Target), but I'm glad I did. I use it for cutting small vegetables, trimming steaks, and almost any other kitchen task. I even use it as a steak knife sometimes. It's easy to clean, and has held a superb edge. I consequently went out and purchased the sandwich knife, a santoku knife, and the utility knife (all of which have done well). My only complaint is that they're so brightly (and somewhat effeminately) colored; this may sound trivial, but imagine cooking for a date using a pink chef's knife. I consequently bought a similar-styled chef's knife from another brand, but it was not nearly as good (I had some trouble cutting a sweet potato, although my henkel's knife did it with ease). As a paring knife, this beats my Henkels and Oxo knives HANDS-DOWN. I'm not as sure when it comes to larger stuff, but if you're getting a resin-coated knife, stick to the Komachi brand.
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This little knife is really nice and sharp. The aesthetics of the product are as important to me as their function and I have to say that this knife got lots of points for looking pretty. It's a nice bright color so I can find it anywhere (believe me I've thrown out the baby with the bathwater so to speak). I don't think I'll ever throw this one out with the trash.

With that said, I do think it could have a better design. It's a bit big and not well balanced. I cannot grab it like a regular paring knife. I feel like I will cut myself. It has slipped a few times out of my hand and landed on my arm. I have two cuts already and I've been using it almost everyday since I cut up fruits for juicing and also to pack for lunch, so I wouldn't say it's excessive cutting. I would like to see a more slip resistant handle with a bit more balance and just a tiny bit smaller to be able to curve it nicely along round fruits.

The part about being a bit smaller could be the fact that my hands are very tiny. My husband says it works perfectly for him and he has much larger hands than I do. So maybe you should take that from this review that the versatility of the knife may be dependent on your hand size. Overall, though, a great value. Cannot beat the price and it's great quality if we are talking about sharpness and looks. It comes with a little plastic cover so you don't have to worry about sticking your hand in the knife drawer and getting your fingers sliced. I would buy it again even after knowing it's a bit big for my hand.
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