We came across L’Econome’s perfect paring knife years ago in a kitchen ware store and have been in love ever since. They are inexpensive – about $10 each – feel good in the hand, sharpen easily, AND look good, even as they age and weather. Since EVERYBODY needs a good paring knife, we buy them in different colors to keep in our “gift” drawer, just in case.
New York Times food editor Melissa Clark told us that when you give someone a knife, they should give you a penny, otherwise it’s bad luck. We we wrap our gift knife WITH a penny so the giftee can give it back to us toute suite.
You can order the knives in a variety of colors online at World Knives and Fantes. They’re hard to find in stores so take this as a heads-up to order early. (Beware of cheap-o knock-offs like the brand MIU France made in China —four for $13.99; the colors aren’t as good, the rivets stick out too far, and they don’t feel – or look -quite right.) UPDATE: Since Sally mentioned the knives on The Splendid Table, there has been such a run on them that both stores have sold out. Fantes‘ website says they’re getting a rush order from France. We just got an email from the owner of World Knives who said they put an emergency order to France that they expect will be in by December 18th. They’re taking back orders and will send the knives out as soon as they receive them, to should reach customers by Christmas.
Here are our beloved, used-daily, left-in-the-sink, sharpened-many-times, years-old L’Economes: