The Chicago Cutlery New Centurion German-Made Paring Knife

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Let me now recommend Chicago Cutlery's New Centurion paring knife. It has everything I expect out of a fine German knife.

The Chicago Cutlery’s New Centurion German-made paring knife is a low-cost, quality paring knife.

Hands down, my most commonly used kitchen knife is the 3-
to 4-inch blade paring knife. Most kitchens have several,
typically in various states of disrepair with water damaged
handles and abused blades. One of mine has enough nicks, I
consider it a serrated knife.

I had been window shopping for a set of fine German knives.
In spite of a well known cheap streak, I do appreciate
quality tools. This purchase was going to seriously nick
the family budget. It was also going to take a while. (I
don’t care for credit card debt.) I had just about had it
with our current selection of parers. It was time for yet
another inexpensive, Brand X, temporary parer. What I found
this time was something else. The best cheap
kitchen knife I have ever used.

Let me now recommend Chicago
Cutlery’s New Centurion German-made paring knife. It has everything I
expect out of a fine German knife. The 3 1/2-inch blade is
high carbon stainless steel with full visible tang
construction. This is quality steel that takes and holds a
keen edge. Remarkably enough it is also easy to resharpen.
Handles are also important. These are Bakelite plastic
securely attached with stainless steel rivets. They are
attractive, durable and hygienic. The knife’s overall
balance is superb.

This is just what I expect of a fine
German knife from an upscale department store or kitchen
boutique. I just didn’t expect it of an $8 knife at a
discount store.

George Burnett
Spartanburg, South Carolina