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End-of-summer necessity: Watermelon knife

August 30, 2011 |  1:30 pm

Watermelon knife When it's hot outside a slice of cold watermelon is irresistible. But wielding a heavy chef's knife to cut through the melon's thick skin can be scary.

Not with this specialized watermelon knife with ergonomic handle and non-stick micro-serrated blade. It does just what it’s supposed to do: slice through the melon with ease.

Made by Swiss cookware manufacturer Kuhn Rikon, it is Japanese carbon steel and comes with a watermelon-themed protective cover. And the 11-inch blade is long enough to deal with even the largest melons. 

The Kuhn Rikon site has a YouTube video demonstrating use of the melon knife. It turns out to be much larger than it looks in photos.

A perennial bestseller at Museum of Modern Art store, it’s available online there for $25. And also at Sur La Table and Chef’s Catalog for the same price. Chefs Resource, though, has it on sale for $17.95. But you probably won’t get it in the mail in time for this weekend’s festivities. 


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Photo: A watermelon knife that does just what it's supposed to do. Credit: Kuhn Rikon