A lot of reviews about Kuhn Rikon paring knives read something like this: "I bought one because I loved how it looked, but it's actually a great knife!" I myself fell for the avocado green shade, and the knife man at Sur La Table assured me I would not regret my purchase. The four-inch blade, made of high-carbon stainless steel with a nonstick coating, is great for slicing fruits, vegetables, and cheese. The best thing about this knife is that it comes with a sturdy plastic sheath, so it's handy for picnics and camping. And the price is quite reasonable—about $10. For two dollars more, you can buy a slightly longer, serrated version.