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Victorinox 1-Piece Paring Knife Fibrox Handle 3-1/4-Inch 5.0603
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- Compact and sturdy
- The world's most know brand for multi-tools and pocket knives
- Made is Switzerland
- 3-1/4-inch paring knife for coring, dicing, and mincing fruits and vegetables
- Stamped from stain-resistant, high-carbon steel
- Ergonomically designed, synthetic polypropylene handle
- Precisely tapered from base to tip; no bolster
- Hand-washing recommended; limited lifetime warranty
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The R H Forschner by Victorinox Paring Knife features high carbon, stainless steel blade, hand finished at Victorinox in Switzerland by skilled craftsmen. A special tempering process is used to produce an edge that can be resharpened over and over again, so the knife can keep its original sharpness throughout the entire life of the blade. Victorinox handles are ergonomically designed to minimize wrist tension. They provide a natural fit. A good heft and comfortable, positive grip are indications of a well-made knife. Although cutlery steel is naturally sanitary, materials and construction details of the handle minimize crevices what would offer hospitality to bacteria. T he Model Numbers 40508 and 45508 are the same item in different packaging.
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From a strictly utilitarian standpoint: It's a very sharp knife, and easy to handle. Bottom line, you'll do a lot more with this knife than I have found on anything within it's price. The review sites say you'll have to pay MUCH more to get a better knife.
On the other hand, there IS a price to pay for getting the cost down. The knife blade has quite a bit of "give" to it. I don't suspect it will break with normal use, but it doesn't take much pressure to bend the knife. And it LOOKS like a cheap plastic knife, for those who are at all style conscious.
Bottom line? It works great. And, at the price, you won't care if you lose it.
+ Sharp! By far, the best of anything priced even closely to it.
+ Good balance, easy to maneuver. Best of anything priced even closely to it.
+ Cheaper than a professional sharpening!
+ Plastic looks cheap. It won't look very impressive on your knife block.
+ Flexibility in the blade may be bothersome to some.
+ Relies on the ridges in the handle to prevent slippage.
The biggest down side is that the polypropylene handle gets very slippery when working with the knife - even if cutting something that doesn't have much juice, like an apple. It worries me that I'll slip and cut myself. I am constantly pausing to wipe down the handle while cutting something. I don't think I'll buy any more knives with this type of handle.
JAN 2015 UPDATE:
I am removing a star from my review. The blade is still very sharp but the very tip has bent a bit - this occurred just when cutting an apple. (The knife didn't even get stuck! The blade was straight beforehand, then when the apple was sliced, the bend was there.) In addition, I am constantly worried that the blade is going to snap somewhere - or maybe even come free from the handle, though I think snapping is more likely. I do not use it for heavy duty cutting. It is a paring knife and used primarily for cutting small fruit. Cutting apples is the most "harsh" task the knife faces! I treat my knives very well and am not rough with them so I know it's not a user/abuse caused problem. I may have to retire this little knife as I am in constant fear of this blade snapping and it has developed a very slight "wobble".
My 10 year old Wusthof paring knife, which was $6 at a housewares store in NYC, is still perfect. I think I need to seek out another of those as a replacement and forget the Victorinox.
MAR 2016 UPDATE:
I have since donated this knife and replaced it with a Victorinox paring knife with a Fibrox handle. So far it has been working out well - handle does not get slippery like the polypropylene did.
Speaking of flex, that is probably my main gripe with this knife besides the light weight. It is quite flexible and honestly doesn't feel very safe to use. I much prefer the feel of my Wusthof paring knife, which has a much more substantial feel in the hand. I know it's not a fair comparison as that knife costs way more, and thus I rate this knife 4 stars for good value and doing its job of cutting quite well.