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mr drinky
05-11-2011, 06:38 PM
So I saw that kuhn rikon offers a watermelon knife.

http://specialmagickitchen.com/watermelon_knife.jpg

At first I did the what-the-F shake of the head, but then I also noticed aframestokyo sells a Japanese watermelon knife. Doh.

watermelon knife (http://yhst-27988581933240.stores.yahoo.net/monzaburo-watermelon-knife-14quot-360mm-blade-for-vegetable-14360.html)

The latter knife is $100 and at least could be used on other large veggies, but I would have to eat a boatload of watermelon before a bought a dedicated melon knife.

Does anyone have this knife?

k.

apicius9
05-11-2011, 07:25 PM
Yep.

Did I ever use it? Aeh - no. It's to large to be kept around the knife block and by the time I get it out of the closet, I have cut up things with a slicer or a gyuto... But it sure looks nice :)

Stefan

Rottman
05-11-2011, 07:29 PM
All knifenuts have thought about buyin' a Japanese watermelon knife, no?
I don't have one yet but I have a 370 suji if I wanna go big.

mr drinky
05-11-2011, 07:51 PM
Yep.

Did I ever use it? Aeh - no. It's to large to be kept around the knife block and by the time I get it out of the closet, I have cut up things with a slicer or a gyuto... But it sure looks nice :)

Stefan

Ok, now I got to ask. What type of handle did you put on it?

k.

apicius9
05-11-2011, 08:12 PM
You know how sometimes the shoemaker has the worst shoes...? :wink: I have rehandled many of my knives (or better: I had Dave do the dirty work :razz: ) but several of them have handles with small issues - too nice to throw them out but not good enough to ask for money for them. There are still at least half a dozen wa-handled knives that I haven't rehandled yet, including the melon knife. Maybe some day...

Stefan

festally
05-11-2011, 10:08 PM
I’ve never crossed paths with a watermelon that I couldn’t handle with a chef’s knife. However, a friend of mine grows pumkins and winter melons (some weigh more than 75 lbs) could use a longer version of something like that. He's cutting them with a machete.

Tristan
05-11-2011, 10:40 PM
Thanks. I really needed to know that there exists another knife that cuts something that I already cut with a different knife because I never knew a specific knife exists.

No no, don't need to explain yourself. I'm sure you meant no harm.

Not here in a forum where everyone is more or less like a recovering alcoholic discussing the latest batch of wines being produced. Thank god it isn't pretty, otherwise I would have even more trouble resisting the urge to buy it.

Cnimativ
05-12-2011, 04:33 AM
Thanks. I really needed to know that there exists another knife that cuts something that I already cut with a different knife because I never knew a specific knife exists.

No no, don't need to explain yourself. I'm sure you meant no harm.

Not here in a forum where everyone is more or less like a recovering alcoholic discussing the latest batch of wines being produced. Thank god it isn't pretty, otherwise I would have even more trouble resisting the urge to buy it.

Pretty common in Southeast asia to whack fruits with this.

MadMel
05-12-2011, 07:46 AM
Erm I usually use a serrated knife haha. I actually wouldn't mind having a dedicated large fruit knife.. especially for watermelons and pineapples.. I just hate cutting up pineapples with anything other then a cheap serrated blade.

SpikeC
05-12-2011, 11:53 AM
Here is my watermelon knife! Blade is 14 inches long! (355mm)

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_R-BA0-S2VKk/TZT3TYYJG0I/AAAAAAAAAIc/zzaOn-OpXAQ/s912/PICT0433.JPG

tk59
05-12-2011, 12:41 PM
I use a 270 mm TKC gyuto for watermelons. It just barely makes it all the way through most watermelons but they are so easy to cut, I don't feel I need a longer knife.

Jim
05-12-2011, 02:23 PM
An old timer sells melons on the side of the road near me, he uses a piece of wire wrapped on two dowels to cut them up.

oivind_dahle
05-12-2011, 02:31 PM
Everyone need a Suikakiri, you need that to play Suikawari :) Its just as important as a Kanisaki Deba, when having a crab party!

You really need one :)

Eamon Burke
05-12-2011, 05:08 PM
That red watermelon knife is a gimmick.
But the Japanese one, IIRC, is for grocers and vendors. They have to top and tail the produce before putting it on the rack, and a real polished push cutting edge on a thin, long blade makes life a lot easier, and prevents oxidation and splitting.

SpikeC
05-12-2011, 05:20 PM
Ya, that "knife" is really more of a saw!

mr drinky
05-17-2011, 01:47 AM
Ok, so I stumbled upon a $35 watermelon knife. At that price how could you not have one.

watermelon knife (http://cgi.ebay.com/Watermelon-cutter-345mm-13-6in-/360217400396?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53dea1544c#ht_1308wt_754)

k.

Potato42
05-17-2011, 03:57 AM
You know how sometimes the shoemaker has the worst shoes...? :wink: I have rehandled many of my knives (or better: I had Dave do the dirty work :razz: ) but several of them have handles with small issues - too nice to throw them out but not good enough to ask for money for them. There are still at least half a dozen wa-handled knives that I haven't rehandled yet, including the melon knife. Maybe some day...

Stefan

Lol our tastes are so similar you always tell me you were thinking about keeping it... I bet I have a couple handles of yours you might even buy back ;)

Potato42
05-17-2011, 03:59 AM
Ok, so I stumbled upon a $35 watermelon knife. At that price how could you not have one.

watermelon knife (http://cgi.ebay.com/Watermelon-cutter-345mm-13-6in-/360217400396?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53dea1544c#ht_1308wt_754)

k.

Because it's stainless?:puke:

Eamon Burke
05-17-2011, 01:39 PM
+1.

You could make that knife from a $15 saw, but why would you? Old Hickory, anyone?

oivind_dahle
05-17-2011, 01:45 PM
Because when customers are in your watermelon store they would like to see clean knives. Carbon as we all know rusts or gets colored by patina. If customers think you cut the melons with a dirty knife, they´ll never come back.

Im jumping this deal when my funds are back up ;)

SpikeC
05-17-2011, 01:50 PM
+1.

You could make that knife from a $15 saw, but why would you? Old Hickory, anyone?

Or with a lawn mower blade!

apicius9
05-17-2011, 06:21 PM
These guys here don't need a watermelon knife

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/17/exploding-watermelons-chinese-farming

Stefan

Rottman
05-17-2011, 06:34 PM
These guys here don't need a watermelon knife

They rather need shields and earplugs.

kalaeb
05-18-2011, 05:49 PM
Yes, you really need a watermelon knife, but no need to pay that amount for it. Old Hickory makes one for $10.00 and I guarantee it is a heck of alot better than that one. :robot:

http://www.knivesplus.com/old-hickory-knife-qn-8828.html

bishamon
05-18-2011, 09:50 PM
It can also double as a really big nakiri.

mr drinky
05-20-2011, 12:50 PM
I guess one could use this 31" machete for a watermelon knife. It is certainly big enough. $65 on etsy.

machete (http://www.etsy.com/listing/72876340/31-inch-machete-knife-by-martindale-made?ref=sr_gallery_21&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=knife&ga_page=18&ga_search_type=vintage&ga_facet=vintage)

http://specialmagickitchen.com/machete.jpg

k.

MadMel
05-20-2011, 01:06 PM
I think you'd probably get arrested if you bring that around in Singapore.

swarfrat
05-21-2011, 02:23 AM
Yep.

Did I ever use it? Aeh - no. It's to large to be kept around the knife block and by the time I get it out of the closet, I have cut up things with a slicer or a gyuto... But it sure looks nice :)

Stefan

That just means you need a bigger block! :razz:

Seb
05-21-2011, 03:35 AM
I think you'd probably get arrested if you bring that around in Singapore.

In Sydney or Melbourne, that'd get you Tased or shot on the spot!

rockbox
05-21-2011, 04:36 AM
In Sydney or Melbourne, that'd get you Tased or shot on the spot!

Crocodile Dundee would not approve

http://startthinkingright.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/***-emp-thats-a-knife.jpg?w=450&h=258

Seb
05-21-2011, 05:29 AM
Crocodile Dundee would not approve

http://startthinkingright.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/***-emp-thats-a-knife.jpg?w=450&h=258

Blast from the past!

spinblue
05-21-2011, 07:49 AM
a different tact on dismantling a melon. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbKayY6eD9k)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbKayY6eD9k

Potato42
05-21-2011, 08:31 AM
a different tact on dismantling a melon. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbKayY6eD9k)


I was waiting for this...

mr drinky
05-21-2011, 07:49 PM
I kind of thought a Gallagher reference was come too. With that said, I have seen that watermelon knife all over the place. I think it was in a recent issue of Rachel Ray (no surprise there) and I also think W-S is carrying it now.

k.

Dave Martell
06-13-2011, 10:17 PM
You could go this route....


http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=816&d=1308017812

Potato42
06-13-2011, 10:48 PM
who would volunteer to hold it! Darwin award winner? I nominate everyone in that picture for immediate castration.

mr drinky
06-13-2011, 11:27 PM
Nice, the redneck suji.

Btw, the girl in this video needs a watermelon knife.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCYSJfdPdN0&feature=player_embedded#at=81

k.

SpikeC
06-13-2011, 11:56 PM
Nice cutting board!

mr drinky
06-20-2011, 07:47 PM
Ok, new contender if I were to get a watermelon knife. The 14-inch CCK watermelon knife.

CCK watermelon knife (http://www.cookwarekitchenware.com/knives-chan-chi-kee-c-15_16/watermelon-knife-with-wooden-handle-14-inch-p-540)

Rottman
06-20-2011, 07:59 PM
The mother of watermelon knives. The only one I knew before you posted that ugly red/green monster that started this whole mess...

Dave Martell
06-20-2011, 08:15 PM
Ok, new contender if I were to get a watermelon knife. The 14-inch CCK watermelon knife.

CCK watermelon knife (http://www.cookwarekitchenware.com/knives-chan-chi-kee-c-15_16/watermelon-knife-with-wooden-handle-14-inch-p-540)


That looks as good a choice as any.