Middleton Made Knives, the new standard in kitchen cutlery -handcrafted by South Carolina based bladesmith, Quintin Middleton. A Paring knife is a vital part of any set of kitchen. It will usually have a thin 3" to 4" blade that usually tapers to a point. Paring knives are used for intricate work and allow for a greater amount of control than a larger knife. In general, all paring knives can be used for basic utility work in the kitchen.