When to Use It: Before the invention of vegetable peelers, cooks relied on the trusty paring knife. The short blade and ergonomic handle make hand-peeling apples, potatoes, oranges, and other vegetables a breeze. In addition, its precise tip is handy for removing fruit stems, deveining shrimp, and deseeding peppers.
Our Pick: Zwilling J.A. Henckels Pure Paring Knives ($40)