I constantly find myself trying to cram as many cooking tools as possible into my very tiny Brooklyn kitchen, so it's imperative that every item is highly functional. My newest addition, Wüsthof's 3.5" serrated paring knife, brings both beauty to my knife rack and ease to my life. Serrated paring knives are known mainly for tackling citrus, and this one performs brilliantly; it makes peeling, slicing and segmenting lemons, limes, and grapefruits a breeze. But in addition to its citrus duties, the Wüsthof version is also an incredibly useful utility knife, gliding through a tomato's skin and slicing other delicate fruits and vegetables with ease. As part of their Classic line, the serrated paring has a full tang, meaning the blade is forged from one piece of steel that runs all the way through the handle—making it a knife you'll own for life. It's certainly a welcome addition to my crowded collection.
Wüsthof Classic Fully Serrated Paring Knife; $39.95 at Williams Sonoma