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  • Perfect for peeling, slicing, or dicing ingredients in restaurant and catering kitchens
  • Spear point design allows you to pierce through thick crusts or skins
  • Ergonomic, slip-resistant handle with polypropylene for durability and Santoprene for comfort
  • Fits comfortably in hands
  • High-carbon, stainless steel blade
  • Creates smooth, accurate slices
  • Helps avoid cross contamination

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Create sharp, precise cuts with this Mercer Culinary M23930PU Millennia 3" paring knife with a purple handle!

Combining the versatility and value your business requires with the professional quality you've come to expect from Mercer Culinary Cutlery, this knife is sure to become a favorite in your commercial kitchen! Use it to peel, trim, and slice through fruits and vegetables. This makes it ideal for use in any bakery, sandwich shop, cafe, or restaurant.

  • 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.

High-Quality Blade

This knife's high carbon, stain-free steel blade effortlessly cuts through a variety of foods in your commercial kitchen. Its small, spear point allows the user to easily cut through thick crusts or skins.

Comfortable, Purple Handle

Each knife features an ergonomic handle made of a unique blend of comfortable Santoprene and durable polypropylene for a long life and a no-slip grip. Plus, because it's purple, the handle makes it easy to color-code the knife's use.

Durable and Long-Lasting

Thanks to its easy edge maintenance, the Mercer Culinary Millennia paring knife is essential to any kitchen culinary collection! Each knife is guaranteed to last.

Easy to Use

Each knife features an ergonomic handle with textured finger points, which makes it comfortable for use day after day. It features a unique blend of comfortable Santoprene and durable polypropylene for a long life and a no-slip 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.

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Mercer Millennia Paring Knives

Versatile solutions in virtually every commercial kitchen, Mercer Millennia paring knives give you the performance you want at a price you need. Available in several sizes and styles, these paring knives are sure to fit most needs. Learn more here!

Trim fat off of meat, peel rind off of fruit, or add detail to your food presentation with Mercer Millennia paring knives. These knives are made with carbon steel blades to make it easy for your chef to make quick, precise cuts as they work. For maximum control, the handle is made of Santoprene that provides a comfortable, no-slip grip your cooks will love. These Mercer paring knives are available with a standard 3" blade, a serrated 3" blade, or a standard 3 1/2" blade. They're also NSF Listed for superior sanitation.

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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.

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 Listed.

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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.

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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Mercer: How to Clean and Store Knives

Watch this video to learn how to clean and store knives.

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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Mercer: Knife Handling

Watch this video to learn how to properly hold a knife

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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  • Blade Length: 3 Inches

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Customer Reviews

  • Overall User Rating: Mercer Culinary M23930PU Millennia 3" Paring Knife with Purple Handle

    5.0 stars from 28 reviews


    People Talk About:

    knife paring sharp great purple color handle little knives nice

    The problem I had with the cheap pearing knifes was the blade would get dull very fast and the handle would get very dirty this blade is so sharp it can cut paper great product

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    This 3 inch paring knife has a high carbon stainless steel blade. The grip is made with a no slip construction and a handle comes in the color purple. If you use color coding this knife may be a good choice.

    from Dig & Serve Posted on

    Cute little paring knife of durable make.

    Easy, precise cutting.

    This paring knife is an exceptional deal. It looks nice, has a comfortable, cushioned handle, and is very sharp. The cost is low, and the purple is nice either for looks, or allergen safe/ cross contamination prevention use.

    from Shavetools LLC Posted on

    Cutting an apple.

    We love that these little knives come in many colors. We use a different color for different jobs. Red is for meat, Green is for Jalapenos etc.

    from Gilpin Market Posted on

    I really like this brand of knives I like all the lies that can match this 3 inch paring knife with a purple handle the really comfortable use in the really sharp right out of the package

    from Place to be Bistro Posted on

    I really like this line of knives they're durable

    This knife is great for any little task but it is perfect for color coding your kitchen. It does stay sharp with little need to sharpen often.

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    A basic paring knife in the universal allergen attention purple. I bought this for the bar (cutting bar fruits,) and at this price it won't be bad to replace when it walks away.

    from Mustang Alley's Posted on

    Color on this knife is very true to the pictures. The purple part is hard plastic and the black is a no slip rubber silicone style grip for index finger. Knife arrived very sharp and ready to use.

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    This 3" paring knife is awesome! It is very sharp! I like the nonslip handle and purple color coded is a plus. I grab for this little knife a lot!

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    The mercer knives are good quality and they cut very well. The handles have a convenient design and textures that are easy in the hand

    from Sweet Pea's Cupcakery Cafe Posted on

    Another superb Mercer Millennia knive, great prices great quality. I love the color-coded handles makes for easy food associations. Very sharp indeed. Light weight too.

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    Love this paring knife! I even use them for steak knives! The color is beautiful and they stay sharp for lots of use! Ordering more while they still have this color!

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    Wonderful little paring knife. Works well, and I enjoy the color as it looks on my magnetic knife strip. Holds an edge well and is the perfect size for my woman's hand.

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    Very good quality little knife. The handle is comfortable to hold. We have used it often and have not had any issues with it so far.

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    How fun is a purple knife! :) It is the great size for so many things. We have used it and sharpened it and it has held up great.

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    This is a super paring knife that holds a sharp edge for a long time. I love to use all of the different colors as personal steak knives.

    from Sussman's Bakery Posted on

    I love this little knife. They are available everywhere, but this is a quality knife. Holds an edge and is sturdy enough to stand up to every day use.

    from Russell Street Bar-B-Que Posted on

    Great 3 inch paring knife. Nice thing about it is the purple handle. Mercer and web offer several different colors and that's nice in the restaurant . It keeps them in the same place and prevents cross contamination.

    from Russ' Sub Shack Posted on

    Merced knife

    This is my favorite knife for most of my cooking. I use this for meats, vegetables, etc. It stays sharp and slices like an expensive knife, but it's a great price.

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    This is a good quality paring knife. It's great for commercial or home use. It's easy to clean and the bright purple handle makes it safer. Great knife!

    from Oak Hill Bulk Foods, Inc. Posted on

    I use my Mercer paring knife as more of a utility knife. It works great for cutting open packages. I also use it to trim the fat off of steaks.

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    this the best brand for me Mercer M23930PU Millennia Primary4 3" Paring Knife with Purple Handle very sharp easy to use this pairing knife !!!

    from ashlexdrei tradings /sweets by chef jhay Posted on

    These are really nice knives. The blade is pretty nice and stainless steel. Does a decent job for average use. The handles are very nice. Great product.

    from Mike's Mindful Plate Posted on

    You really can't beat the price for a sharp, sturdy, 3" paring knife. There are many uses for this little knife - and the color selection makes me want to collect them all!

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    We have purchased this knife in all the colors, this has been one of our greatest purchases. The durability of this product is second to NONE!

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    Good little knife for the money even when you add the shipping. I also scored some brownie points with my kitchen manager when i ordered this as she loves purple and its hard to find a purple knife. Thanks for carrying the variaty you do.

    from youth with a mission Posted on

    We bought this knife as a test to see if the staff likes them, good this we got two different colours as everyone wants to work with them.

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    Very good quality but inexpensive knife. It has a sharp edge and cuts through tough items quickly and safely. This is our second purchase of the Mellennia knife line and will get more.

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