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Knife for opening thai coconuts?

Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:44 am

Hi Mark,

I am looking for a knife to open young thai coconuts. I am thinking a cleaver, something thick. I was interested in hearing what recommendations you can make for me.


Re: Knife for opening thai coconuts?

Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:45 am

I have no idea.... Anybody else have a suggestion?

Re: Knife for opening thai coconuts?

Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:29 am

I was going to google "young Thai coconuts", but I was scared of what would come up as a search result!! LOL.

Maybe the CCK Bone Chop?

Or this?? :)

Re: Knife for opening thai coconuts?

Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:47 am

Does your Chef's/Gyuto that you are currently using have a pointy heel? Just use that.

Re: Knife for opening thai coconuts?

Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:30 pm

BOB <> I use any one of my German chef's knives. I penetrate between the eyes with the tip, & then penetrate downward creating an incision on only side of the nut. I retract the blade, rotate the nut, and then with the cutting edge resting forward in that incision & flatter to the board I utilize a committed downward forward finishing stroke with the heel splitting the nut.

Re: Knife for opening thai coconuts?

Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:13 am

He's not cutting a mature coconut, he's cutting one of those baby ones with the husk full of formaldehyde all around it. They are soft! You just shave off the husk around one end, and then put your heel on the shell and give a whack with your off-hand. When the knife is deep enough into the coconut to not crack or chip from flexing, you pry off the top like a lid.

Should work with anything--except, like, a Takeda. Even then, I'd still probably do it. Just make sure you are well into the coconut and not prying with the edge.

Re: Knife for opening thai coconuts?

Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:44 am

EAMON <> You crack me up dude. :lol:

I'm well aware of what a young coconut is... and that is how I've been cutting them for decades. Furthermore, I wouldn't go so far as to call them "soft." Some are softer then others, and some have developed into rather hard nuts. :roll:

Re: Knife for opening thai coconuts?

Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:43 pm

But if you split them, they will lose all the water!

Re: Knife for opening thai coconuts?

Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:49 pm

I would think it goes without saying one would drain it first, or drink from a straw directly through an eye. One could take a clean slice right at the eyes' junction to sip, pour, or straw, but I thought the question was about opening coconuts. Alas, that is a vague question, asking for a kinfe to "open a coconut" as that can be interpreted a couple ways, but yet still, even after drinking the water, the coconut need be "opened" (read : split) to harvest all the jelly/young meat. Since a young coconut is consumed in entirety & not harvested solely for its water, I assumed "open" meant split. I mean, any monkey can sink a straw in a coconut eye so I reckoned he wants to eat the meat, and doesnt know what knife to use to open it.

Personally, I have scores of coconut palms on my property/neighborhood, and as a native Floridian have been cleaning coconuts since I was a child. No store bought formaldehyde peeled nuts here. I harvest a bunch, and just clean the husks off with with a machete. YOUNG COCONUT MEAT, RIGHT OUT THE SHELL, KISSED WITH SRIRACHA... YUM, MAGNIFIQUE! OR WITH LIME & SALT... AREBA AREBA! Simple pleasures of living in paradise. :mrgreen:

Re: Knife for opening thai coconuts?

Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:44 am

No coconuts up here yet but the way this summer has gone I wouldn't be surprised if they start growing in WI.
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