I prefer to peel/skin melons (e.g. watermelon, honeydew) and squashes (butternut squash, pumpkins), rather than cutting and slicing into wedges. I depict some catalogues beneath.

  1. Which type of knife fits?

  2. Serrated or non-serrated?


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    I want to say "kitchen axe" because that just looks ridiculous, but I just use my chef knife
    – moscafj
    Aug 10, 2018 at 20:43
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    @moscafj : use the kitchen axe to trim off the ends (so you're working with a flat bottom), then a more sensible knife to shave the ends off. I personally start with a cleaver for the ends of the firmer stuff, but I use a narrower bladed knife (eg, boning of carving) as they're easier to curve as you go.
    – Joe
    Aug 10, 2018 at 23:34
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    FWIW, for squashes I don't use a knife at all. I use a heavy-duty, all-steel serrated peeler. Doesn't work for watermelons, of course, but works for everything else, and much less chance of taking your fingers off.
    – FuzzyChef
    Aug 11, 2018 at 2:40
  • You want to skin it whole?
    – paparazzo
    Aug 11, 2018 at 14:06

2 Answers 2


You're going to be dealing with large, slippery things, with tough skins.

It's really easy to cut yourself with these.

For softer ones - melons - a serrated knife works well in my experience. A regular bread knife will often be too thin, but a heavier knife with serrations works fine.

For harder items - the fall/winter squashes - I use a shorter-bladed chef's knife or utility knife so that I have more control.


I agree with John Feltz' answer it you need to keep the fruits whole, (as you might, say, with a pineapple) But if you're going to section the fruit, I'd use a stiff scallop-serrated bread knife to cut it safely in the first place (having trimmed a flat side, if necessary, to keep the fruit steady while you do that,) and then something more like a filleting knife to work from the inside, aiming to cut the flesh from the peel, rather than the peel from the flesh.

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