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.)