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Meals
04-14-2013, 12:43 AM
So I eat a spaghetti squash once a week, I have...had a old knife I used to muscle it open, but it broke. It was a j henkel $30 knife so no biggie. That said I don't want to spend a ton of money, but what would you use to get it open without too much effort.

franzb69
04-14-2013, 12:52 AM
if you want something that's tough, cheap and new. old hickory butcher's knife, they sell 7, 10 and 14" ones on amazon.

mhlee
04-14-2013, 02:01 AM
A thinner knife would be best.

panda
04-14-2013, 02:15 AM
http://www.amazon.com/Sani-Safe-S145-10-PCP-White-Polypropylene-Handle/dp/B004NG98SM/ref=sr_1_19?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1365916491&sr=1-19&keywords=dexter+chef+knife

berko
04-14-2013, 04:34 AM
i guess a chinese cleaver would be the best for that, at least thats what i think and use.

Salty dog
04-14-2013, 07:07 AM
Me too.

Meals
04-14-2013, 09:17 AM
i guess a chinese cleaver would be the best for that, at least thats what i think and use.

Which cleaver would u get?

berko
04-14-2013, 10:22 AM
i have an ashi hamono in white #2 and a small maestro wu d11. really like the steel of the d11 but as a professional 18 cm is a bit short, so im about to sell it soon. have one of those rader cleavers from ebay on the way now and am thinking of rehandling it. in general id suggest one of those dick/forschner/victorinox cleavers, they arent bad for the money.

Squilliam
04-14-2013, 11:26 AM
I think a CCK 1303 would work well. Very thin.

Salty dog
04-14-2013, 01:03 PM
I use a cheap stainless (I've had the knife longer than any other, 25 plus years.) Essentialy I use it as a wedge. Sink the tip into the middle of the squash all the way to the board (Lengthwise) then push down on the heel to split it. Turn it around and do the other side. No fingers anywhere close to getting lobbed off.

Chefget
04-14-2013, 02:01 PM
I use a cheap stainless (I've had the knife longer than any other, 25 plus years.) Essentialy I use it as a wedge. Sink the tip into the middle of the squash all the way to the board (Lengthwise) then push down on the heel to split it. Turn it around and do the other side. No fingers anywhere close to getting lobbed off.

That, plus put a towel under the squash so it doesn't roll on you.

-Michael

boomchakabowwow
04-14-2013, 02:10 PM
i use a cheap cleaver. i also tap it thru with an old rolling pin thing. i slice a tiny flat side on the cutting board side for stability.

franzb69
04-14-2013, 02:21 PM
i use a rubber mallet on cheap knives or cleavers when i need to whack on something

gic
04-14-2013, 03:18 PM
Wouldn't sometime like a Tojiro western Deba work well? If you want something really cheap: a Kom Kom from Kiwi?? (Kom Kom is the slightly upscale brand from Kiwi...)

Meals
04-15-2013, 12:27 AM
Well I've used the towel, cheap knifes ect. I don't have a cleaver, but hey I'm always in to buy another knife. I eat them a lot, might as well get something that will cut it like butter. Help me spend some money lol

berko
04-15-2013, 02:07 PM
in that case, get an ashi hamono in white #2.

Meals
04-15-2013, 05:14 PM
I am really not a fan of caborn knifes, just don't want the upkeep. How about something in the 30 80 range?

tomsch
04-16-2013, 12:00 AM
Taking a long knife such as a chef means you are cutting the entire squash in one cut. My approach to tough squash is to use a short strong knife and work around the cut line. This is a much safer approach.

The Anti-Chrysler
04-16-2013, 12:04 AM
I have an ancient 10" Dexter-Russell in 1095 that laughs at squash. Which makes me wonder why I have expensive knives at all.

tomsch
04-16-2013, 12:31 AM
When one cut is needed then I break out one of these :) Really though of all the cleavers I have a Briddell 8" that I reprofiled with a 40 degree (inclusive) edge works great for work such as squash, bones, etc.

http://i922.photobucket.com/albums/ad70/tomsch63/knives/100_0291.jpg

WiscoNole
04-16-2013, 01:45 AM
I keep a 10" Messermeister chef's knife in my kit for tasks such as this.

sachem allison
04-16-2013, 02:03 AM
machete, works great, cheap and an excellent zombie head chopper offer.

franzb69
04-16-2013, 02:05 AM
machete, works great, cheap and an excellent zombie head chopper offer.

outdoorsy people actually find that the old hickory butcher's knife work pretty well as a machete as well

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