I've owned a pair ofKuhn Rikon Swiss paring knives for several years and can't say enough good things about them. Recently my daughter asked if I could find her some, as she was having a hard time locating them in Florida (and it's always best if Mom buys, right?).
I purchased two packages ofKuhn Rikon paring knives recently at TJ Maxx after looking for them at many stores. I was happy to find them in sets of 3, as this was a much better deal than buying them one by one. Kuhn Rikon knives have a high carbon, Japanese stainless steel blade that not only gives top performance in cutting but lasts for many, many years. The full length of the knife is 8", and as I mentioned, I've had mine for more than 2 years and they are still as sharp as when I bought them.
I like the colors, and especially the matching safety sheath that comes with each Kuhn Rikon knife. I never worry about cutting myself when searching in a drawer and I find them easy to spot because of the vibrant colors. These sets came with one each of blue, yellow and red. These knives are perfect when traveling and I want to peel an apple or cut up some fruit for a snack. Picnics and camping would be another great use for these knives. Cover them with the sheath and no worries about anyone accidentally getting cut.
I use these paring knives for everything from peeling to cutting up all types of vegetables. Chopping onions has become a quick and easy job. Slicing up cheese and sausage is like slicing through butter as nothing sticks to these knives, thanks to the non-stick blade of the Kuhn Rikon knives.
These knives are dishwasher safe or can be hand washed with mild soap. The handles are plastic and both the knife and handle have been maintenance free as long as I've had them. There is a 5 year manufacturer warranty.
There are imitators out there, but theKuhn Rikon Swiss brand is the best from our experience. As my daughter told me, if you can't find them, don't buy me anything else!