Where to find an inexpensive but high quality Japanese cleaver?
for opening coconuts
a cleaver????? not a hammer?
whatever, kitchenarts on newb st usually has reconditioned knives; call and see about recond or regular price cleavers.
china fair in newton(and when they were in brookline 10 years ago) used to sell super sharp carbon steel chinese/japanese cleavers years ago, they may still do so...they always warned people when they bought them just how sharp they were, and they werent costly whatsoever....might be worth a call
Why the need for a high-quality Japanese cleaver? I wasn't aware of a pressing need in Japan for precision coconut cleaving implements.
If you're looking for an inexpensive cleaver, try the Super 88 in Chinatown. I love the one I got from there. Be aware that you may trash the blade trying to slice a coconut. Cleavers are heavy-duty knives but they aren't meant to be used on just anything.
Have you considered a high-quality clawhammer?