I partnered with Zwilling J.A. Henckels to design a long 4-inch paring knife that is also good for slicing, mincing and the like, not only for the smaller jobs.
Having interviewed many chefs over the years (and looked into their toolboxes), I know that professionals use small paring-style knives for a wide variety of tasks. These are manufactured in Albacete, Spain, where Henckels has been making knives since the 18th century. — Christopher Kimball