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- A paring knife is a smaller knife than the chef's knife and is mostly used for shaping and trimming food. It is most useful for small & intricate work like removing Jalapeño seeds, de-veining shrimp, skinning vegetables, coring apples and mincing vegetables.
- 'Sheep's foot paring knife' and 'Birds Beak paring knife' are widely used types of paring knives.
It is important that any knives are kept sharp, as blunt knives require more force to use, increasing the likelihood of injury (cuts from a sharp knife heal more quickly than those from a blunt one). A knife sharpener can be used to sharpen knives.