You must have access to a different source of paring knives than I do. I have tried several as camping knives and have yet to find one that can really be sharpened. I'm talking about the stainless-steel-bladed knives you buy at Wally World or Safeway, not the high-end, chef-signature stuff the foodies buy. Sure, the ones I've used work great for cutting up potatoes and will hold a sort-of edge after rattling around in the kitchen drawer for months but I've never been able to get one to take a real edge. My go-to knife is an Opinel #6 with a carbon steel blade. It ain't pretty but it's light and always sharp and, if the need arose, I could shave with it (but I think I'd rather just let the whiskers grow 😀).
May I walk in beauty.