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Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit? 5688

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Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit?
« on: January 18, 2014, 07:45:06 PM »
  I enjoy eating kiwi fruit a lot. Have been cutting them in fourths, then using a Snow Peak titanium spork to eat each slice; scoop one side, then the other.
  When eating out I cut the slippery fruit into fourths, cut along the sides, then scoop out the diced pieces into a desert dish.

  Have seen videos where one would score the skin and use a spoon to remove the entire skin, but those fruit are slippery and sticky! So that's not a practical method outside the kitchen.

  The problem about the juice is it gets into places where even oil doesn't get into easily. Even though I wipe the blade between each cut and try to keep the pivot end up, juice still manages to sneak inside - then it gums up the pivot. Reoiling does not always work well.

  So what sort of knife would you suggest for cutting, and dicing up kiwi fruit, more so when out at a restaurant or social engagement?

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Re: Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2014, 07:49:51 PM »
a fixed blade   :D

I just use whatever is available. The soft Kiwis (fruit not people) are quite forgiving regarding the thickness of the blade.

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Re: Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit?
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2014, 07:56:26 PM »
A while back I was really into H-1 steel Spydercos. Still love the steel by the way. Anyways, I used to use my Dragonfly to cut all sorts of acidic fruits along with meat and whatever other food I wanted. I would just give it a rinse or wipe it down afterwards. Then once a week or if it got real dirty I would rinse it in warm soapy water and hit it with my air compressor and its perfectly clean. The Dragonfly is a small knife but still has that "pocket folder" look so it doesn't really look like dinnerware but its a viable option. The idea of never having to worry about rust is a huge plus in my opinion. Hope this could help.

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Re: Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit?
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2014, 08:27:32 PM »
a fixed blade   :D

I just use whatever is available. The soft Kiwis (fruit not people) are quite forgiving regarding the thickness of the blade.

Wash it afterwards  :ahhh
Maybe a small fixed blade, like a neck knife would work.  Something alone the lines of this:


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Re: Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit?
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2014, 11:32:57 PM »
I slice them in half and scoop the fruit out with a spoon. You could actually get a little plastic knife spoon thing which has has the handle of the spoon as a knife.
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Re: Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit?
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2014, 01:48:18 AM »
I use a Rada paring knife.  These inexpensive knives are great performers.


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Re: Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit?
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2014, 04:19:49 AM »
I just cut them in half and suck and chew the flesh out of their hairy little heads. :)

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Re: Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit?
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2014, 12:29:19 PM »
Derekmac, who made your cute little friend there? And does she have available sisters?
It's not actually mine, I just pulled it from Google.  :facepalm:  I wish I had it though, it's a sweet looking little knife!  :tu:

Here's where I found the pic:
http://custombladeworks.com/2009/11/03/orange-neck-knife/

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Re: Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit?
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2014, 01:07:39 PM »
I'd been using 85/91mm SAKs at work :D

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Re: Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit?
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2014, 01:25:28 PM »
Same as Cupboard for me. Any knife to cut it in half and then scoop out the goodness with a tea spoon using the two halves as dishes.
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Re: Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit?
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2014, 10:43:52 PM »
sounds like a job for an Opinel...  preferably an Inox one.

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Re: Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit?
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2014, 01:03:42 AM »
I like to live dangerously:  I eat the skin and just chomp into them.  :whistle:
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« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2014, 07:45:09 PM »
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Was wondering if an Opinel would work, although have no experience with them.

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Re: Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit?
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2014, 07:49:18 PM »
sounds like a job for an Opinel...  preferably an Inox one.

Umm ... that was odd ... TapATalk quoted an erroneous post?

Will have to check out Opinel as have no experience with them. Any exotic wood handles perchance?

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Re: Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit?
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2014, 08:19:31 PM »
sounds like a job for an Opinel...  preferably an Inox one.

Umm ... that was odd ... TapATalk quoted an erroneous post?

Was it a post from 2006/2007 by any chance? It's a Tapatalk glitch I experiance ocasionally. It always goes to a random post from early forum days.

Will have to check out Opinel as have no experience with them. Any exotic wood handles perchance?

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Quite a few of them. But the non standard wood ones are also more pricy.
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Re: Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit?
« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2014, 08:32:55 PM »
There is an Opinel thread too ;D

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Re: Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit?
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2014, 04:49:55 PM »
  Wrote Opinel about a Kiwi fruit knife, and they picked out the one I was looking at last night.

Quote from: Opinel USA
Any No8 slim will be best to cut fruits. The Bubinga wood handle will best best because it resist moisture quite well.
Opinel Slim knife No8 Bubinga


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Re: Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit?
« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2014, 11:25:10 AM »
NIce,  I have a #8 Inox with a figured Olive wood handle and really like it. It gets a bit of fruit use. Good for cutting up apples.

I also have a #8 Carbone that I picked up in Kirky's giveaway. It can take a wicked edge, scary sharp.

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« Reply #18 on: January 24, 2014, 08:48:30 AM »
NIce,  I have a #8 Inox with a figured Olive wood handle and really like it. It gets a bit of fruit use. Good for cutting up apples.

I also have a #8 Carbone that I picked up in Kirky's giveaway. It can take a wicked edge, scary sharp.

  The knife looks good. Also looked at the pruning and mushroom knives. $30 for a kiwi fruit knife seems rather silly. Generally use either the Climber or the Charge's S30V blade for vegetables & fruit.

  It's just where the kiwi juice goes and doesn't come out is the problem. Even oiling doesn't improve the situation. Am still going to eat the fruit, just have to find something at a good price that works. That way I don't mess up a knife that I count on for other things.   :D

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« Reply #19 on: January 24, 2014, 09:07:18 AM »
NIce,  I have a #8 Inox with a figured Olive wood handle and really like it. It gets a bit of fruit use. Good for cutting up apples.

I also have a #8 Carbone that I picked up in Kirky's giveaway. It can take a wicked edge, scary sharp.

  The knife looks good. Also looked at the pruning and mushroom knives. $30 for a kiwi fruit knife seems rather silly. Generally use either the Climber or the Charge's S30V blade for vegetables & fruit.

  It's just where the kiwi juice goes and doesn't come out is the problem. Even oiling doesn't improve the situation. Am still going to eat the fruit, just have to find something at a good price that works. That way I don't mess up a knife that I count on for other things.   :D

You need a folding knife that can be easily taken apart and cleaned. A sebenza may be ideal but a bit expensive. A Svord peasant can also be taken apart easily for cleaning and is slighly cheaper, but not SS. Several other makers of modern knives make knives that can be taken apart too.

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Re: Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit?
« Reply #20 on: January 24, 2014, 11:09:46 AM »
NIce,  I have a #8 Inox with a figured Olive wood handle and really like it. It gets a bit of fruit use. Good for cutting up apples.

I also have a #8 Carbone that I picked up in Kirky's giveaway. It can take a wicked edge, scary sharp.

  The knife looks good. Also looked at the pruning and mushroom knives. $30 for a kiwi fruit knife seems rather silly. Generally use either the Climber or the Charge's S30V blade for vegetables & fruit.

  It's just where the kiwi juice goes and doesn't come out is the problem. Even oiling doesn't improve the situation. Am still going to eat the fruit, just have to find something at a good price that works. That way I don't mess up a knife that I count on for other things.   :D

You need a folding knife that can be easily taken apart and cleaned. A sebenza may be ideal but a bit expensive. A Svord peasant can also be taken apart easily for cleaning and is slighly cheaper, but not SS. Several other makers of modern knives make knives that can be taken apart too.

  Not sure why, but I like it. Thanks DKS.  :tu:  The tang would get some getting used to.

  This fellow made some great points.


  How do Opinel knives lock?

  Almost ordered the Svord, but it's the blade shape. How good is the steel on them? Seen there is also a mini version.  :think:
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« Reply #21 on: January 24, 2014, 11:43:26 AM »
On locking models you turn the collar (virobloc) to lock the blade, open or closed.



The steel on the Svord is good (I think it is  L6 Swedish high carbon tool steel with a good heat treatment) but it is not SS.  Several people modify the blade to suit them. They are known for having strange grinds, by the way.

There was a Svord thread somewhere...  ???
« Last Edit: January 24, 2014, 11:46:28 AM by dks »

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« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2014, 01:44:22 AM »
  So now it's a tie between Svord & Opinel. Poll time?  :o

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« Reply #23 on: November 27, 2014, 10:44:26 PM »
  On the 9th of October my mother passed away to Heaven. Was/is rough on me as I was taking care of her for 4 years.
  Anyhow, have been cleaning up the trailer and keep running across her stashes of oddities. Which is where I came across a brown box from the Cooking Club, and inside was this plastic handled/sheathed ceramic blade. It looked cheap, and I guess these are not overly expensive.

  So I adopted it as the Kiwi fruit knife.
 

  It's got me a few times (on the thumb) trying to get used to it, yet seems resilient against kiwi juices and wipes off easily for the next time. And I still use the Snow Peak Titanium Spork to scoop out the delicious kiwi meat from the peel.
  Still think my first short Snow Peak Titanium spork did a better job at it, as this one sometimes breaks through the kiwi skin.

  Not sure how often these need sharpened, or if they do. Do wished it was a folder instead of a straight knife type.


  Never did get an Opinel. May get one some day.

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Re: Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit?
« Reply #24 on: November 27, 2014, 11:36:38 PM »
That looks a perfect knife for the job  :tu: Personally I don't like using any type of folder for food work, particularly something like kiwi fruit where all those sticky juices would be running into the hinge and spring or lock mechanisms.



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Re: Which knife do you use for Peeling, Dicing, Cutting Kiwi Fruit?
« Reply #25 on: November 27, 2014, 11:44:18 PM »
From my experience with ceramic is that it will pretty much always cut. It doesn't roll the edge as steel does which is the most common cause of a "dull" edge. Instead the ceramic will chip usually on a microscopic level. It will still cut but more like a micro tooth saw. So it depends on the edge you want. I've had good experience with high grit diamond files to sharpen them. To tell if it's chipping use your nail down the edge and you will feel the nicks if there are any.

 

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