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Though as Toolmongers we probably see more orange Black & Decker gear than their appliances, here’s one that’s made for the kitchen — but kick-ass for the shop: the Slice Right electric knife. It’ll carve the toughest turkey, but you’ll wish you had one the first time you try cutting any foam.

After hacking our way — messily and frustratingly — through some 3″ foam to make a curve in a fiberglass project, we headed to the local fabric shop to score some more. The nice ladies there whipped out a knife like the one pictured above and cut even, square pieces for us in just seconds. We stopped by Target on the way home and bought one of our very own.

The pictured model features a 7″ steel blade complete with non-slip tabs to simplify blade removal — plus a safety lock to prevent accidental starts — and streets for about $15. Of course, there’s no reason to buy a fancy one. The cheap-ass models work just fine. (Nor is there any reason to drive around all day looking for one. Our advice: just buy the first one you find under $20.)

Slice Right Electric Knife [Black & Decker]
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4 Responses to A Kitchen Appliance For The Shop

  1. And, if you’re using it for its intended purpose, Cooks Illustrated rated the B&D electric knife as the best available (even beating the $60 Cuisinart).

  2. Bobk says:

    I discovered its talents for carving foam by accident of necessity a couple of months ago. When my sweetie screamed (literally) at the sight of me using her electric knife to carve foam, I had to go buy my own.

    My only wish now is for an electric knife with a set of 4 foot long blades. 😉

    Great stuff,
    bobk

  3. PutnamEco says:

    You all do know that you can get a real foam rubber cutting tool that works like (and better) than an electric carving knife. Bosch is my favorite.

    http://bosch.cpotools.com/other_tools_and_equipment/foam_rubber_cutter/
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    Re: My only wish now is for an electric knife with a set of 4 foot long blades.
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    Hot wire bow saw would probably be easier than dealing with four foot blades.

    http://www.demandproducts.com/bowcuttr.html

  4. Phil says:

    Ma sure to dab a bit of light oil between the blades. Since you are not cutting meat with it, the moisture and oils are not there to keep the blades lubricated. While they work well cutting foam, cardboard and such, if the blades are not kept lubed they will begin to gall and bind.

    You can take this tip back into the kitchen with you too. Cutting breads and other dry foods can cause the same wear issue. A tiny bit of vegetable oil or butter makes the knife zip.

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