Before we delve too deep into exploring this Wusthof Classic knife, let’s take a quick moment to discuss bird’s beak paring knives. In case you are unaware of the purpose of bird’s beak paring knives, I wanted to let you in on a little bit of information about them.

First, a bird’s beak paring knife is meant for peeling and carving. Though you can peel certain things decently with a spear tip paring knife or even a utility knife, the inward curve of a bird’s beak knife will hug the curves of your food as you are peeling, allowing you to do so in less time and fewer strokes. The tight curve, or beak, at the end of the knife’s blade allows you to carve intricate and precise designs into food for aesthetic purposes and is also very helpful at pitting cherries and other tiny fruits.

If I am honest, I must tell you that very few bird’s beak paring knives came up during my research. I based my selections for this website on the most popular, top-selling paring knives on today’s market. There really weren’t many bird’s beak knives on that list. Once I narrowed the list down by selecting only those knives which received significantly positive consumer reviews, this was the only bird’s beak left. It did not make the “Best Bird’s Beak” selection simply because it was the only bird’s beak on this list, however. It was the only one on the list, because it was the best one I was able to find. The Wusthof Classic 2.5-Inch Bird’s Beak Peeling knife more than earned this title.

Elegant Beak

The elegant, sweeping curves of this knife are slightly different from the typical bird’s beak knife. A typical bird’s beak knife features a soft inward curve which extends from the handle toward the tip, then sharply curls around to create a beak-like hook at the end.

Oftentimes, the transition from curve to hook is drastic. Although that drastic hook makes it much easier to create precision carvings, it is also more susceptible to breaking off. Wusthof made the transition from curve to hook much less drastic on this knife. Though this may detract slightly from the knife’s ability to carve with precision, it lends a lot to its strength and durability.

All About Strength and Control

To make its way onto a Top Three Paring Knives list on this website, a knife must offer the best in strength, control, and safety. Nothing says strength like a high carbon blade. Although the high carbon in this blade has been mixed with stainless steel, it is still rather strong.

Adding further to the strength of this knife is the fact that the high carbon stainless steel blade is full tang. Full-tang blades extend all the way through to the butt of the knife’s handle, ensuring that they will not break apart from the handle while you are completing kitchen tasks. Keeping the blade in place are three metal rivets. The full-tang blade also creates a better balance between the blade and the handle, allowing you to take better control over the knife as you work away at intricate tasks.

Dishwasher Friendly

High carbon stainless steel is dishwasher friendly. People began purchasing stainless steel knives because of their stain-resistance. Fast-paced lifestyles have meant that people often need to throw their cutlery in the dishwasher and simply do not have the time to hand wash and hand dry their knives. Unfortunately, stainless steel doesn’t stay sharp for very long. As people began to notice that aggravation, companies began creating knives made from stainless steel and high carbon steel hybrids. This Wusthof is one of those knives.

To ensure that the entire knife was dishwasher friendly (not simply its blade), Wusthof attached a plastic handle to this piece. I am not personally a fan of plastic handles, because I find them slippery and I realize that they can grow dry and crack over time. However, if you have a very busy lifestyle, that is quite a small price to pay. Thankfully, the easy-grip shape of the handle will help hold your hand in place if slipping ever does become an issue.