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What is a good size petty knife? 4, 5, or 6 inchs. I'm looking on the jck website trying to decide on one of ther fine chooses of knifes when I came across this delema of size. So I thought I will ask..

Ps. I have never owned a petty knife

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  1. I went through exact the same phase as you did. I don't think there is a definite answer and I think, in large part, your decision has to do with what you want your petty knife does for you.

    If you want your petty knife replace your current paring knife with a higher performance, then I would go for 4" and 5".

    If you view your petty knife as more like an utility knife with a better board cutting function, then a 6" is better. A 6" petty will allow you to pare, to cut on a cutting board. It has better knuckle clearance than an utility knife. Most utility knives give you next-to-none knuckle clearance:

    http://www.lnt.com/photos/product/sta...

    I have a 6" petty knife, and it is nice to able to pare my large pears, and then cut on them without switching to a different knife.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      You make a good point with the 6 inch length, but then chem you always make a good point lol

      1. re: ukjason

        You are very generous. I hope you have fun purchasing your petty knife.

      2. re: Chemicalkinetics

        Mine is also 6" and I am happy with it as I can pare with it if I have to which I don't as often now since I actually bought a paring knife, but I can also use it for light prep.

        I am getting closer to my gyuto finally. I have saved up a Christmas, a birthday and a Valentine's day and we are planning a trip to Osaka in the next month or so :D

        1. re: TeRReT

          < I have saved up a Christmas, a birthday and a Valentine's day and we are planning a trip to Osaka in the next month or so>

          Wait. So are you saying that you saved up the "gift money" from Christmas, birthday and Valentine for a knife purchase? e.g. You may have told your finacee that "Honey, you don't have to buy me a Christmas, a birthday and a Valentine. We are saving these money to go to Osaka to buy knives"

          1. re: TeRReT

            Yipee! Sounds like fun. What are you eyeballing?

            1. re: JavaBean

              JCK KG-2 150mm or JCK carbon next series KG - 150mm

        2. For me a 6" is deal. I usually just cut veggies and fruits.

          1. 6", cause i mostly do board work. If you do more aerial or freehand work, go shorter.

            1. So think I narrowed it down to 2 choices, JCK KG-2 150mm or JCK carbon next series KG - 150mm

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              1. re: ukjason

                :) You don't want the KV-2 150 mm (VG-10 steel)?

              2. 6" or 150 whatever mm. javabean, "aerial" funny

                1. By the way, your title is great. I didn't get to comment that earlier.

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                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    Thanks, better titles = better or more replies = more information. If you catch my drift

                  2. Bought all three, use the 4 inch 75% of the time or greater. Six inch has been used for larger veggies and sausages, and the 5 inch is an always sharp backup.

                    1. I have both a 150mm & a 100mm. I find them both very nice to work with, but I probably use the 100mm just a bit more often. Between the two, my wife uses the 150mm about 80%-90% of the time.

                      I started out with the 150mm & an 80mm, but was never happy using the 80mm & replaced it with the 100mm within a year.

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                      1. re: Eiron

                        <Between the two, my wife uses the 150mm about 80%-90% of the time. >

                        Do you mean your wife use the 150 mm about 80-90% relative to the 100 mm? e.g. you are looking at the ratio between the two knives which is close to 1:4. Or do you mean she literally use the 150 mm 80-90% for all her works. e.g. She was using the 150 mm petty as her main knife for everything.

                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                          Hey Chem, I meant just between the 150mm & 100mm. But thinking about it, she probably uses the 150mm the most out of all of our knives. After that, she maybe uses our 130mm santoku next most. :-)

                          1. re: Eiron

                            Ah, thanks for the explanation. This shows an example which some people use small knife for main tasks.