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Can't find this paring knife!

Tawnya61 Aug 9, 2012 08:23 AM

Many years ago I just happened upon a little paring knife that quickly became my all time favorite. After quite a few years of use, I needed a new one but LOVED the style I had so I searched and searched until, low and behold, I found it online and ordered two. Well that's been more than 10 years now and I am in need again. Problem is...can't find it... and am getting so frustrated searching for hours online. My old one has no makers mark on writing of any kind on it and , Of course, I can't remember who made it. I am REALLY hoping someone here can steer me in the right direction. This time...I'll buy 10 and they'll outlast me!!! :)
It has a wooden handle with 2 rivets. The blade is 3" long and the handle is approx. 4" long. The tang goes into the handle about 2" (although I don't care about that...I just add it to help identify the one I have now) The thing that's different about this knife is the shape of the blade. It has a curved edge that I love. Please don't try to sell me on another kind. I'm really tired of trying others that I just don't like. Really hope someone out there can help me out!
Thanks in advance!!!
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(and , yes, I know the condition of the wood and some people may want to tell me that's why I shouldn't use wood but I just want help finding this please! :)

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    GH1618 RE: Tawnya61 Aug 9, 2012 04:38 PM

    I agree about the shape of the blade being desirable. I have one similar to that (but with a different handle) which is my most-used paring knife. I bought it in a drugstore in 1967 or 1968.

    Is this trimming knife similar?


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      Tawnya61 RE: GH1618 Aug 9, 2012 05:07 PM

      This is the closest thing I've seen so far, I'll definatly save the link! Still not quite right though. Have you used this one? I'm wondering if the blade is fairly thin.

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        GH1618 RE: Tawnya61 Aug 9, 2012 08:06 PM

        No, I haven't used it — it's too expensive, although it is available for less I think. The double curve is unusual but just right for certain things. Mine is an inexpensive SS blade wirh a cherrywood handle, made in Japan. And 45 years old, as I wrote. It couldn't have cost a dollar then.

        The Wüsthoff appears to be longer than mine and probably a heavier blade as well.

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        mike0989 RE: GH1618 Aug 10, 2012 08:37 AM

        I think the Traditions line is a closer match.


        I remevber their knives from when I was growing up. The old ones as i recall had carbon steel blades and would take a good edge.

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        GH1618 RE: Tawnya61 Aug 9, 2012 04:51 PM

        Maybe this is closer:


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          Tawnya61 RE: GH1618 Aug 9, 2012 05:09 PM

          First one's more like it. If you come across anything else I'd love to see it!

        2. cowboyardee RE: Tawnya61 Aug 9, 2012 08:31 PM

          That distinctive inward curvature on the early part of the blade is a feature I would normally call a 'recurve.' Unfortunately, that term is usually applied to non-kitchen knives, and even kitchen knives with a recurve are not typically labelled as such for sale.

          The Shun Perfect paring knife has that feature, but the overall geometry is otherwise quite different. Also fairly pricey.

          That feature is also more common on assorted vintage knives. Just looking at the first page of Ebay's offerings for 'vintage paring knife,' these options popped up:

          (note - I'm not sure that's an intentional recurve - it's possible a damaged paring knife that once had a straight edge - the pictures aren't that clear


          (basically the same deal as above


          (perhaps the closest I could find


          So the short answer - I couldn't find any exact matches, but I'm sure there's something out there.

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            GH1618 RE: Tawnya61 Aug 9, 2012 08:47 PM

            Perhaps you would like a bird's beak (or tourné) shape, which is readily available. An alternative is to find a knife si ilar in size but with a conventional convex shape and have a knife sharpener grind it to match the old one.

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              knifesavers RE: Tawnya61 Aug 9, 2012 09:46 PM

              Possibly an old Robinson. I have a steak knife with a similar handle shape.

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                Tawnya61 RE: knifesavers Aug 10, 2012 07:47 AM

                Not really worried about the handle, it's the blade shape I'm looking for!

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                  knifesavers RE: Tawnya61 Aug 10, 2012 12:41 PM

                  True but the handle shape can help identify the maker so you can scan Ebay for that makers products.


              2. kaleokahu RE: Tawnya61 Aug 10, 2012 08:54 AM

                Hi, Tawnya61:

                Here's my take... You know what you like. You *really* like something you can't find new. You'd buy 10 if you could...

                Find a custom bladesmith and have one (or several) *made*. Better steel, a real heat-treat, prettier, stabilized wood, better balance. A good journeyman smith might charge you $100-$200.

                An alternative is to rehandle your existing blade. This should not be all that difficult, either, and inexpensive. Is the blade itself shot? If not, the cutler's rivets are simply drilled out, and a new half-tang handle fitted up. The only trick to doing it perfectly is to find a sawblade with the right kerf and diameter to groove the handle blank.

                Third idea--this recurve shape is similar to some "caping" knives I've seen. You might do a search for those.


                1. paulj RE: Tawnya61 Aug 10, 2012 11:08 AM

                  I have a KR sandwich knife with a rounded tip like this, though it doesn't widen). And it is serrated. And unfortunately they no longer make it, though there are other sandwich knives on the market.

                  A place like knifeforums might give more help.

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                    JavaBean RE: Tawnya61 Aug 30, 2012 12:01 PM

                    Hi. Came across this...

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                      GH1618 RE: JavaBean Aug 30, 2012 12:04 PM

                      That's a boning knife, not a paring knife.

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                        JavaBean RE: GH1618 Aug 30, 2012 12:42 PM

                        You might be right, but the ad lists it as a paring knife. Plus the 3 1/2", s-curved blade is kinda like the OP pic. How can you tell the ebay one is boning knife?

                        This one looks similiar as well...

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                          GH1618 RE: JavaBean Aug 30, 2012 01:08 PM

                          I would call it that because of the thin, recurved blade, and flexibility. But I don't know what Harris called it. It's similar to my Russell boning knife, only shorter.

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                            JavaBean RE: GH1618 Aug 30, 2012 01:23 PM

                            Thanks. Aside for the length, I see your point.

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                            Tawnya61 RE: JavaBean Sep 4, 2012 04:30 AM

                            This second one is really close! Have to decide if the condition warrants the cost. (Only $10)

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                        ynotmap RE: Tawnya61 Dec 17, 2012 05:35 PM

                        Did you ever find this knife? I am also trying to find this knife.

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                          Tawnya61 RE: Tawnya61 Jul 1, 2013 11:33 AM

                          Unfortunately, I have not found it as yet!!!

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                            Eiron RE: Tawnya61 Jul 2, 2013 02:24 PM

                            Are you willing to use a plastic handled version?


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                            Tawnya61 RE: Tawnya61 Jul 2, 2013 07:38 PM

                            ABSOLUTELY Eiron!!! It's the blade I liked! I'll check it out! Is this you selling it or did you just appen to see it there?

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                              Eiron RE: Tawnya61 Jul 2, 2013 11:42 PM

                              No, it's not my sale. I just did a search for you & found it.

                              My search tip for items like this:
                              Type in your search words (I used "curved paring knife"), then pick the result that says "images for..." & look thru them until you see something close.

                              This particular item is the 'Miracle Blade' paring knife, so you might be able to find it other places besides ebay.


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