It's worth investing in high quality knives. Still, there are many budget-friendly options. Be sure to have knives that are suitable for different textures, including a cleaver for foods like coconuts and cabbages.
- If you can afford them, it is worth investing in a set of Shun knives. I own this set, which you can often find in department stores and get substantial discounts during sale seasons. These fine knives will last you the rest of your life.
- Ceramic knives are sharp and maintain their sharpness. This set is a good option by Imori.
- A good, inexpensive option for knives is this set by Cuisinart, which features sharp blades and a variety of sizes and shapes.
You will need a cleaver to open coconuts. They are also useful on melons, cabbages, broccoli, and other produce. Most cleavers will ultimately do the job on any produce. However, a sharp cleaver can save you a lot of time, effort, and frustration. Below are two high-quality options. If these are out of your budget, feel free to purchase a less expensive cleaver. The most important thing is that you have one.
- This is a highly-rated mid-range cleaver by Dexter-Russell that will easily cut through coconuts and harder, large produce. If a cleaver is a priority for you, I would recommend this option.
- Here is an expensive but top-of-the-line cleaver by Shun. Unless you are very serious about food preparation or you have great affordability, I would recommend a less costly option. However, cleavers do not get better than this!