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  • Ergonomic, easy-to-grip, soft Santoprene handle
  • German no-stain steel blade
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
UPC Code: 765301903190

Bring the professional quality that you've come to expect from Mercer Culinary Cutlery to your commercial kitchen with this M20003 Genesis® 3 1/2" forged paring knife.

Each knife is constructed with professional-grade materials for superior performance. It's perfect for creating intricate garnishes and precise cuts for elaborate presentations. Plus, the small blade makes it ideal for expertly peeling or removing seeds from fruits and vegetables.

  • NSF Listed

    NSF Listed

    This item meets the standards imposed by NSF International, which focuses on public safety, health, and the environment.

  • Hand Wash Only

    Hand Wash Only

    To preserve quality, this item should only be hand-washed and sanitized.

Santoprene Handle

The Santoprene that comprises the handle is a high quality, soft material that offers a safe and comfortable non-slip grip for all day use. It will not break down when exposed to kitchen oils and is able to withstand extreme hot and cold temperatures.

Taper Ground Blade

This knife's high carbon, traditional German no-stain steel blade features hand-polished edges that are taper ground for superior stability, easy-honing, and long-lasting sharpness.

Thick Bolster

Not only is it specially designed to resist rusting, corroding, and discoloration, it also has a thick bolster that provides strength, adds durability, and ensures optimal balance for a sturdy grip.

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Can this knife be washed in a dishwasher?
No, hand washing with soapy water and sanitizer solution is always recommended. When placed in a dishwasher, the process will often rust and cause damage to the edges of the blade.

Mercer Genesis 3 1/2" Paring Knife

The Mercer Genesis 3 1/2" paring knife is perfect for projects that require a more delicate touch. From something as simple as cutting small garnishes, to as intricate as de-veining shrimp, this knife is sure to please. Check out this video for more!

Paring Knives

Paring knives are essential for a chef – check out our versatile selection of paring knives today! We offer a variety of colors, handles, and blade edges to help meet the needs of any commercial kitchen.

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Garlic Paste

Garlic is such a versatile ingredient that nearly every cuisine on the planet uses it (Italian salad dressings, Chinese stir fry, Spanish marinades, etc.). Here, Mercer demonstrates the simple process of making your own garlic paste at home.

Pickling Mercer-Style

Pickling is an easy, time-tested method for intensifying the sweet and sour ends of the flavor spectrum, and in doing so, escalating overall flavor. In this video, Mercer shows you how to pickle onions and add a fresh touch to your dishes.

Peeling ingredients and detailing your presentations has never been easier than with the Mercer Genesis paring knife! This knife is made with a full tang carbon steel blade that is forged from durable metal to retain its sharp edge. In addition, this Mercer paring knife is designed to stand up to the stresses of everyday use, food acids, and extreme temperatures to deliver the best performance possible. The handle is also made of Santoprene for a soft and convenient grip, and a thick bolster adds outstanding stability and balance. The Mercer Genesis paring knife is NSF listed for easy cleaning and sanitation.

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Perform all of your peeling, slicing, dicing, and other precision tasks with these commercial grade paring knives. They may be the smallest blades in a chef's arsenal, but they're also a vital part of the prep work done in any professional kitchen. We offer all sorts of different edge styles, blade types, and handle materials so you can find the right paring knives for your business. First, decide what kind of edge you want. A smooth edge is perfect for creating even slices of fruits and vegetables, while a serrated edge will make it easier to cut through tougher skin and rind. Next, consider your daily cutting tasks to determine which blade type is best for you. Curved models like bird's beak and spear point blades are great for peeling, while sheep's foot and straight blades are better suited for chopping. You can also pick out your optimal grip by checking out our selection of handles. Whether you need the reliable value of polypropylene, the luxurious look of rosewood, or the ultimate grip of santoprene, we've got you covered! Like many of our blades, these commercial paring knives are available in a variety of colors to help you stay organized and prevent cross contamination. For superior sanitation, many models are NSF Certified.

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Place the blade of the knife on the flat surface with the edge facing away from your body. Flip the knife and wipe the other side of the blade as well. Dip the knife in the solution and then take it out. Using a cloth soaked in the hot water solution, scrub the blade of the knife. Do it very lightly to prevent scratches. After you have removed visible dirt from the blade of your knife, clean the handle with soapy water. Rinse the knife thoroughly under running water. Dry the knife by using a clean dishtowel. Wash kitchen knives immediately after using them so that the food does not dry on their blades. It is never accepted to place your knife in a drawer without a plastic guard. Make sure that knives lying on flat surfaces are never covered with towels or napkins. After handling a knife, lay it down in a clear area with the blade and point away from the body and away from the edge of the table or cutting area. A knife guard is a rigged plastic sleeve that fully encloses the blade. A glass knife block sits on the counter offering convenient access when working and when safely putting knives away. A magnetic bar is a wall mounted magnetic bar design to hold knives firmly in place.

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Grasp the knife by the handle allowing your thumb and index finger to rest on the blade for support. Before handling a knife, put a light to medium duty cut resistant glove on the hand opposite of the hand that holds the knife. The glove will stay on the hand until the knife has been cleaned and properly stored. Use the right knife for the right job. Keep it sharp.

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If you've spent any meaningful amount of time in the kitchen you have cooked with garlic it is one of the most versatile ingredients on earth. So versatile in fact that almost every cuisine on the planet uses it. Today well show you how to prepare smooth garlic paste. Begin by breaking apart the head of garlic. You can do this with your hands or with a knife if the head is very hard. Once you've freed the cloves carefully trim the root and then give it a tight pinch and twist an you will feel the skin loosen. Carefully use your paring knife to clean the skin away from the clove. Once the garlic cloves are all cleaned you usually need to remove the germ, as the garlic matures the germ in the center grows green and develops a bitter quality. Slice the clove in half and use the tip of your paring knife to easily remove the germ. To speed up the pace process mince your garlic into small even pieces. Start with tight horizontal cuts, then tight vertical cuts, and finally tight cross cuts. No need to dispose of the root end here. Mince it into the same size and proceed to the next clove. To turn the garlic into paste we'll use salt not only as a flavor enhancer but as an abrasive to grind the garlic mince into a smooth mash. Evenly season your garlic mince with salt. Then carefully use the side of your chef's knife to grind the salt garlic mixture into an even paste, it only takes a few minutes to turn your mince garlic into a homogenized mixture. The paste can be used in Italian salad dressings, Chinese stir fries, Spanish marinades, Moroccan tagines, its applications are limitless

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Pickling is an easy time tested method for intensifying the sweet and sour ends of the flavor spectrum and in doing so escalating overall flavor. Pickled onions are an excellent example of this technique. To begin carefully remove the papery skin of your onion, in this case cipollini onions. Taking care not to be wasteful. After peeling slice the cipollini onions into thin rings. Remember once the onions are pickled they will lose a little bit of their volume. To pickle the onions you will need to heat up a sugar and vinegar mixture. We'll add some spices and aromatics for extra flavor. Combine all the ingredients for your pickling liquid turn it up to a boil an pour it over your sliced onions. The pickles will pick up strong sweet and sour notes from the sugar and vinegar. To intensify the color you can add a large slice of red beat to the mixture when it is hot.

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  • Blade Length: 3 1/2 Inches

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  • Overall User Rating: Mercer Culinary M20003 Genesis® 3 1/2" Forged Paring Knife with Full Tang Blade

    5.0 stars from 42 reviews


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    1 out of 1 found this review helpful
    I gotta say, these are my favorite knives. I purchased these for our church kitchen because of the price and the reviews, and then purchased a few for my home. I have other high quality brand knives at home, and I consistently reach for the Mercers over any of these others. They hold their edge, are extremely sharp, and well balanced. I simply make sure that I use my hone on them before each use. Can't beat these knives for the price!!
    Love the Handle it’s like a rubber / silicon - peeling slicing what ever you plan of using it for ! Awesome little knife. Price is good fro the quality
    Love this little paring knife! Such a great quality for a reasonable price. The handle fits well, in my hand without slipping, like many other paring knives.
    Great knife. Rarely needs sharpening. The knife is easy to handle and stays sharp for quite some time. Ideal for just about anything. I use it every day! I already forgot about the other knives)
    Clearly this quality Mercer Culinary knife is by far the best Pairing knife i have every owned. I going to order more. It is extremely comfortable in my hand, it has a non-slip handle that assures a good grip even when wet. Additionally, this knife holds its edge extremely well. This is a fabulous knife at a fabulous price point. Trust me you cant go wrong with the Mercer Culinary M20003 Genesis 3 1/2" Forged Paring Knife with Full Tang Blade .
    That little 3" knife by Mercer Culinary is super sharp! It cuts through anything with ease and the weight is perfectly balanced. The handle feels really secure in the hand and won't slip even when wet. I'm getting the larger versions next!
    This Genesis Forged Paring Knife is beautiful. It is a knife that will last for years. It feels good in your hand with a excellent balance. It is really a quality product!! We recommend it
    This paring knife is a classic. The weight is excellent and the handle is comfortable and nonslip. The blade is very sharp and is holding its edge very well. I recommend the Mercer Culinary Genesis line of knives as the quality far exceeds the price.
    This is a beautiful knife. It arrived super sharp and had remained that way. (I do sharpen it once or twice a month) It is perfect for kitchen prep and feels comfortable in my hand. Well made piece!
    This is a beautiful paring knife. It is a high quality knife that will last for years. The blade is very sharp and firm and is dishwasher safe. It cuts easily with no difficulties and it saves me a lot of time in my kitchen.
    Mercer culinary produces quality items that are not unreasonably priced. The durability is there and the stainless steel blades are great for jobs that require precision
    I love the handles and feel of Mercer's Genesis product line of knives. I combined the 3.5" paring knife with the Bird's Peak peeling knife and the 5" utility knife as three piece set and gave them to my wife as a "just because" present. She loves them and uses them all the time!
    If you haven't used a knife with a santoprene handle, you really need to. I have this paring knife and the chef's knife. They are my most comfortable knives by far. This has kept an edge for an incredibly long time. I've bought three as gifts, and plan on buying more.
    I haven’t updated my pairing knives in a long time. This one by Mercer is a great replacement and the non-slip handle is something I’ve never had before. I’ll be buying this brand for future needs.
    This is my 3rd Mercer knife and was not disappointed with the smaller 3.5" version here. Very sharp from the factory and easy to grip for safe cutting,
    This is a great paring knife. I love that it has a full tang, instead of the cheaper option. The handle has a great amount of grip, and it is easy to use.
    I'm blown away by the quality of this knife for the price. I had never used Mercer knives before, and decided to purchase this paring knife to give them a test-drive. This stands up to my Wusthofs and other more expensive knives. Although not specified in the description, the edge seems to be around 20 degrees, and holds its edge very well. I usually prefer a riveted handle, but I actually like the feel of the handle very much, and it has a nice heft to it that feels comfortable in the hand. I will probably buy more from this line. I can't recommend this enough for anyone looking for the feel and performance of a high-end knife at a fraction of the cost. I'm not sure how it will hold up over time, but I've been using this knife quite a lot for the past three months with zero complaints. I could go on about how much I like this knife all day, seriously. Also, be warned, the blade is VERY sharp right out of the package.
    This is a great pairing knife. I made the mistake of buying this knife and not getting a guard for it and let's just say I found out how sharp it really was lol.
    As a Baking & Pastry student at JWU, these knives are issued to us in our knife kits and I have to say it is by far one of the best knives I've ever used, whether you're prepping fruit, or cutting small amounts of dough this knife is the best for the job!
    I love the look and the feel of this paring knife. I have bought a lot of different brands of knives over the years and I've come to find that Mercer has to be one of the best. This knife comes sharp and I haven't needed to sharpen it yet. It cuts vegetables easily and makes peeling potatoes and fruits less of a chore to do. You can't go wrong with purchasing this knife!

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