I’ve bought my share of “as seen on TV” gadgets before, and it’s been kind of a mixed bag. Half the time they work, half the time they don’t – and even when they do, I maybe use them less than half the time anyways.
But the watermelon knife intrigued me. I like watermelon, but I hate cutting them up. It really is kind of a hassle. So when I had the opportunity to review one of these watermelon knives you see on TV, I was hopeful that it really does work as well as they say it does. Let me tell you, it really does work slick. The knife itself comes with a laminated handle end, which makes it comfortable to hold and use. You can squeeze it to make the width of the cut narrower and also to grasp the slices out of the watermelon when you’re done cutting.
It really is pretty easy to use. You turn it so it looks like you’re holding it like a hook (overhand). You start on the opposite side of the watermelon, plunging it down the rind and following along the rind until you come out the side closest to you. You can now flip it over (underhand) and use it like tongs to pull the slice of watermelon out. It doesn’t get 100% of the melon out. You leave a little bit of the fruit on the rind, but I think it wastes way less than if I were cutting a melon freehand. I tested this on a mini seedless watermelon (or “personal watermelon” as the grocery store termed it) and it worked pretty well despite the small space. I would imagine this would work even better on a large watermelon. The knife is very well constructed and solid, and I have no doubt it will last for a while.
This item also came with a combination melon baller and strawberry huller. It worked pretty well for both purposes. I’m sure with practice I can make much nicer looking melon balls, and the strawberry huller works pretty well too. The construction of this piece isn’t quite as nice as the watermelon knife. It’s OK, but it seems like a pretty cheap add on. For the number of times I envision using it, I’m not worried about it though. I’m not super crazy about the design. When you’re balling, you can sometimes graze your arm with the huller a little, but it’s not sharp enough to do any major damage. A nice perk if your buying the watermelon knife, but don’t buy this item just for the baller/huller.