The STEELPORT 4” Paring Knife is designed for a high level of maneuverability and application. A paring knife is an essential tool and the second most frequently used knife in the kitchen after a chef knife. The smallest knife in the STEELPORT lineup, our team designed the 4” Paring Knife to perfectly complement the STEELPORT 8" and 6” Chef Knife, using the same materials, handcrafted methods and rigorous attention to detail.
It’s a perfect choice for any "minimalist" who enjoys a tool that can multitask. Its unique shape and size allows the 4” Paring Knife to perform many functions of a petty or utility knife as well, from preparing smaller produce like shallots and garlic, to light precision butchering tasks such as processing small game birds and trimming fat.
The sheepsfoot tip allows the blade to have a flatter profile which means it can make more contact with the board. It is intentionally taller and larger than an average paring knife, allowing for precision without being too delicate, and the contoured handle provides a comfortable close grip for finer control and finesse. The longer-than-average 4” length allows for use on a cutting board and finer kitchen tasks as well as use holding in-hand for peeling and coring.
STEELPORT knives have solid one-piece traditional drop forged construction from blade tip to end cap with an integral bolster for a well-balanced and long-lasting knife. Through STEELPORT’s proprietary differential heat treatment, American 52100 Carbon Steel achieves an unmatched 65HRC hardness at the blade for exceptional long-lasting sharpness, while maintaining a softer 30HRC spine for lifelong durability. The bolster and spine are hand-polished smooth for a supremely comfortable pinch grip hold.
The more generous overall size, contoured handle, and rounded spine of the STEELPORT 4” Paring Knife allows for more comfort and versatility than a typical paring knife. For all STEELPORT handles, we use Oregon Big Leaf Maple Burl, a locally sourced, naturally unique burl wood, stabilized with resin to meet tough kitchen requirements and won’t shrink or swell. Learn more about our unique handles on our blog.
Keep your edge protected with a custom fitted STEELPORT 4″ Paring Knife Sheath, made of caramelized Oregon Maple, and featuring an internal recessed magnet along the spine - no pin needed.
Every STEELPORT knife has a unique individuality only found in handcrafted products that use natural materials. You can now choose to further customize your STEELPORT collection by having your wooden sheaths engraved, sharing an even more personal gift. We’ll laser engrave your special message, initials, names, dates, family mottos, etc. on your sheath to mark milestone occasions, like birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, family reunions, work promotions, and more. Let STEELPORT’s heirloom quality kitchen knives help you create treasured memories and family traditions.
Text is limited to 30 characters, using only alphanumeric symbols (letters, numbers, and punctuation found on a standard keyboard).
If you’d like us to engrave a larger number of sheaths and with an image (like a company logo or other art) for group and corporate gifting, please email us directly to coordinate: [email protected]
Carbon Steel is for those who take pride in keeping their tools at peak performance through basic maintenance. Carbon Steel knives like STEELPORT are not stain or rust resistant. Day to day, it is as simple as remembering to hand wash and dry after each use. Learn more about Carbon Steel Knife Care and Use.
Blade Length: 4"
Total Length: 8.5"
Weight: 4oz / 110g
4" Paring Knife
4" Paring Knife & Sheath
4" Paring Knife & Engraved Sheath
- Contoured Oregon Big Leaf Maple burl handle
- Half octagonal top handle shape with smooth rounded base
- Integral end cap with engraved STEELPORT logo
- “Sheepsfoot” blade tip shape
- Distinctive visible Temper Line
- Proprietary differential heat treatment to 65 HRC hardness at blade for edge retention and sharpening while maintaining durability at less than 30 HRC along spine
- Integral bolster with a smooth transition to polished spine for a comfortable “pinch grip“ hold
- Full tang construct for ideal balance and added strength
- Tall 2” blade at handle allows for plenty of hand clearance
- Drop hammer forged from a single round billet
- Traditional high performance 52100 Carbon Steel
- All materials ethically sourced in the USA
- Manufactured and hand sharpened in Portland, Ore.
Natural Wood Handle
Locally sourced Oregon Big Leaf Maple Burl, stabilized with resin to meet tough kitchen requirements and prevent shrinking or swelling.
Contoured Bolster with Hand Polished Edges
Smooth transition from bolster to handle for comfort and support of proper pinch grip hold.
Differential heat treatment maintains a softer spine for overall durability.
65 HRC Hardness
Proprietary heat treatment and Cryo process results in a fine grained wear-resistant blade with exceptional sharpness and hardness without becoming brittle.
Forged Full Tang
Solid one-piece construction from blade tip to end cap for a well balanced and longer lasting knife.
Pictured here: 8" Chef Knife.
“…This wickedly sharp, carbon steel 8-inch Chef Knife from STEELPORT should be in your arsenal…”
“The Best Made-in-USA Kitchen Knife: STEELPORT Chef Knife.”
“This new American-made Chef’s Knife will become the most versatile blade in your kitchen.”
“Here are some of our favorite kitchen tools…Handcrafted in Portland, the 8-inch STEELPORT Knife Co.”
“After using and sharpening these I have to say they have the best of both worlds of soft and hard treatments of 52100.”
– Josh Donald, Owner of Bernal Cutlery SF
“STEELPORT’s are beautifully balanced, with blades made from American-forged carbon steel.”
– Julia Moskin, The New York Times
“STEELPORT is the perfect knife for me. Handles all of my duties at work yet Durable enough to use at home with the family. A knife that embody a true work life balance”
– Gabriel Rucker, James Beard Award-winning Chef/Owner of Le Pigeon in Portland, Oregon
“Absolutely exquisite. All aspects of the knife are so special. Design, materials and craftsmanship combine to make a knife that I look forward to using the rest of my life.”
– Paul Kahan, James Beard Award-winning Chef and Owner of Publican and avec in Chicago
“I love the STEELPORT knife! I use it every day, the great balance and feel definitely makes the cut!”
– Aaron Franklin, Owner of Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas.
“To me a knife is a tool. It has been a good minute since I put a knife in my hand and it has given me pause. STEELPORT knives are simply stunning, the second you see it or use it you know that this knife is special. I Intend on using this tool for a very long time with much joy.”
– Elias Cairo, Co-Owner/Salumist of Olympia Provisions
“It’s my go-to at-home knife now. Keeps a solid edge over time and is pretty damn indestructible. Would definitely recommend for those at a home level or pro.”
– Eric Rivera, Chef/Owner of ADDO in Seattle
“This knife is not only my favorite knife, it quickly became one of the most treasured items in my kitchen. The details are just impeccable, and it’s so light and responsive… Like a Bentley of knives.”
– Mike Thelin, Founder of Feast Portland
“Feel how amazingly balanced and well crafted this carbon steel knife is. It will definitely become an heirloom tool that you will use daily for a life time.”
– Carey Schleicher-Haselhorst, Owner of Cord
“I own a beautiful collection of carbon steel knives, but nothing as gorgeous as this American-forged, full tang carbon steel knife from STEELPORT, located in Portland, Oregon.”
– Jeffrey B. Rodgers, @TheCulinaryFanatic
“It’s made with all US materials and crafted right here in Portland by Eytan and his team. This 8″ chef knife is incredibly well balanced — razor sharp with none of the fuss and holds its edge for what seems like forever. This knife is everything.”
– Bonnie Morales, Chef/Owner of Kachka
“I’m loving this carbon steel chef’s knife from STEELPORT Knife Co. – super balance, killer edge, plus the handle (Oregon maple) is cool… It’s a joy to use.”
– Ray Isle, Executive Wine Editor of Food & Wine Magazine
“Using a Steelport feels like it was made by someone with so much experience and passion for the art of knives, because it was. Everything about it feels right, and knowing where it comes from feels even better.”
– Doug Adams, TopChef Season 12 Finalist
“Not only for its functionality and design but because it’s made by hand in Portland, Oregon. This knife would make a perfect Father’s Day gift for the man who loves to cook and appreciates the finer things in life. A great knife is an essential part of every kitchen.”
– Melissa Reome, @GrillMomma
“I haven’t picked up another chefs knife since I got my STEELPORT”
– Karl Holl, Founder of Forager Goods & Co and Culinary Director of Smith Teamaker
STEELPORT Knife Co. is a small team dedicated to producing the finest trusted kitchen knives available. Our work combines premium materials, traditional forging technique, and American heirloom craftsmanship.
Founded by Bladesmith Eytan Zias and a highly specialized group of individuals, STEELPORT brings modern American innovation to traditional forging methods and materials.
First STEELPORT knife
Great knife very sharp hard steel. Good balance and design. Your hand does not interfere with cutting the handle is nice wood but a little short.
– Paul T.
Best knife I have ever used.
Love this knife
Love this 4″ paring knife. It’s my go to knife for trimming brisket and veggies. I just feel in control of the knife. It fits perfectly and cuts through meat, veggies and fruit like butter. Very sharp and agile. Love it…Well I love all my STEELPORT knives.
– Lester D