This Versatile Knife Sold Out at Sur La Table During Cyber Week — Now It’s Back and 42% Off

updated Dec 10, 2020
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Have you ever picked up a knife that felt so off-balance and awkward in your hand that you wondered, “Who designed this?” Well, if there’s one kitchenware brand that knows a thing or two about making cutlery that’s both sharp and ergonomic, it’s Zwilling. The German company has been producing some of the world’s best knives for close to 300 years, and right now, their four-inch Four Star paring knife is 42 percent off at Sur La Table. In fact, this knife is so popular, it was Sur La Table’s top-selling Cyber Week item, and it even sold out!

If you’re thinking that all paring knives are created equal(ish), that’s definitely not the case here. When Zwilling first designed the Four Star paring knife in 1976, they enlisted the help of professional chefs, which gives you a good indication of how the knife performs while plowing through restaurant-level prep. It’s a super-versatile tool with a couple of unique features you won’t find on most paring knives.

The most notable difference is the blade, which is forged from a single piece of ice-hardened high-carbon stainless steel that’s resistant to corrosion and holds an exceptionally sharp edge. Also rather unique for a knife this size, the Four Star has a full stick tang, meaning the blade runs all the way up the length of the handle, which provides weight and balance. After all, when you use a paring knife, you’re really using both hands (think about hulling a strawberry or mincing a shallot), so it’s critical to have control over the blade. 

The handle itself is made from a durable polypropylene that’s bonded to the knife blade without any gaps or rivets, making it much less likely for bacteria to get trapped. Your dominant hand will have a clean, comfortable home base when working with wet ingredients like tomatoes and shrimp, or for everyday prep like peeling an apple or mincing herbs.

At under $40, the Four Star is priced perfectly for a stocking stuffer or holiday gift swap, and it would be a welcome addition to any knife drawer. Oh, and did I mention that the knife comes with a lifetime warranty? If that doesn’t tell you something about the quality, I don’t know what will—other than the glowing reviews, of course.

Buy: Zwilling J.A Henckels Four-Inch Paring Knife, $39.96 (normally $69)