In researching and locating paring knives for this website, I began by finding the most popular, top-selling paring knives. From there, I narrowed down my selections according to the reviews they received from actual consumers. I also spent a considerable amount of time researching what constitutes a great paring knife and learning about the various types of paring knives. After completing this mountain of research I came to my conclusion as to which paring knife earned itself the title of “Best Spear Tip”.

I selected the Wusthof Classic 3.25-Inch spear tip for inclusion on this website based on its popularity and positive consumer reviews. As you may have seen if you visited the main Paring Knives page, I placed this knife in my Top Three list of Best Paring Knives and assigned it the title of Best Spear Tip. All of the knives on this website are popular. Something special has to set a knife apart from the others in order to place it in one of my Top Three lists. For this Wusthof, that something was its superior construction.

The Perfect Shape

Of course, in order to be deemed Best Spear Tip a paring knife must actually meet the specifications of what it means to be a spear tip. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this term, a spear tip (also known as a pointed tip) paring knife is one which features a sweeping outward curve on the sharp side of its blade, as well as a slight curve on the dull side (or spine) of its blade. The slight curve on the sharp side of the blade allows you to perform slicing techniques similar to those performed with a chef’s knife, but on a smaller scale.

The point where the two curves meet is very sharp. This part of the knife is useful for plunging into apples, peppers, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables, allowing you to remove their cores. It is essential that a spear tip paring knife have all of these attributes. Of course, this Wusthof does not fall short, otherwise it would not have been chosen as Best Spear Tip.

Strong and Sturdy

I also find it very important for a spear tip paring knife to be incredibly strong. In fact, of all three major types of paring knifes, I believe that blade strength is most important when you are considering a spear tip knife.

Unlike sheep’s foot and bird’s beak paring knives, the spear tip is used not only to peel and slice, but also to plunge into foods. Some foods are soft and make this process rather simple. However, other foods are quite hard, making it more difficult to work your knife through them. For example, when coring an apple, your knife must be able to withstand the pressure you place on it and the resistance the apple puts forth. Cutting through an apple takes force and that force puts pressure on the blade. You will require a strong blade to withstand the force without bending or snapping in half.

Equally important is the strength of the bond between the knife’s blade and its handle. A partial-tang blade (one which only inserts about a half an inch inside of the handle) is much more likely to break apart from the handle as a result of such force than is a full tang blade (one which extends all the way to the bottom of the handle). Similarly, the way that the blade and the handle are held together makes a difference in how well they stay together.

This 3.25-inch Wusthof Classic features a strong, forged, high carbon stainless steel blade, thick enough to handle the most difficult paring knife tasks you can send its way. Its blade is full tang, extending all the way to very bottom of its dark wood handle. Three rivets hold it in place, distributing weight and pressure among themselves to reduce the amount of pressure on any one rivet.

Overall, Impressive

This spear tip paring knife checked off every single box on my checklist of great qualities a spear tip paring knife must have. To top it all off, the visual appeal of this knife is one to be envied by many others on today’s market. If you are in search of a quality spear tip paring knife and require one which is strong and sturdy, I have no hesitation in recommending this particular knife.