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A few months before Christmas I decided to buy an electric carving knife. I knew I would be having a houseful to feed over the Christmas holiday period and would be cooking several roast meat based meals. I am truly rubbish at carving meat and so thought an electric knife would help. I also have a bread maker and love its results. However I can never cut the bread thinly enough and end up with doorstep sized slices that are far from ideal!
I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a knife but did want something that would last and do a decent job. I finally decided to buy one from the Argos cookworks range paying just under £10. The knife is a very basic model but for the price it promised to deliver all I needed.
The knife has a robust plastic handle that houses the motor. There are two stainless steel blades supplied plus a plastic storage sleeve to keep them safe when not in use. The knife has a 120 watt motor and a decent (115 cm) length flex. To operate you first need to fit the blades into the slot at the base of the unit. I find they fit easily and click into place firmly ensuring they will not come loose in operation. The motor is operated via a small button on the top of the handle. It is quite stiff to push down and needs to be help down to keep the motor running. The unit is very noisy in operation but as I only use the knife for a very short time this is not an issue for me. There is an eject button on the top of the handle that releases the blades after use. The blades are very sharp as you would expect so care is needed when handling them. The blades are dishwasher safe, but I prefer to wash them by hand ensuring they are safely stored back into the supplied plastic sleeve after use.
I have used this knife to carve meat and it does a good job. The slices are even and I find that using this knife helps the meat to go further as the slices are a lot thinner than I could manage using an ordinary knife. The knife is great for slicing cold meats and again produces even slices that don’t look *hacked*. I can now slice bread to perfection! So no more doorsteps! The knife is not suitable for cutting frozen foods.
The knife is quite small and weighs just 800 grams. I find it comfortable to hold although it does vibrate when in use. The operation button is quite difficult to hold down as pressure is needed to keep it in position. This might make the knife unsuitable for anyone with arthritis. The unit is small enough to store in my drawer when not in use.
Overall I would recommend this electric knife if like me you are rubbish at carving meat or slicing bread. It is not too expensive and does exactly what it promises.
I got this for Christmas as my old standard carving knife had seen better days and wasn't expecting much but the difference in using this compared to a non electrical knife is significant! It carves meat to a really beautiful standard, restaurant quality slices and is exceptionally easy to use. Once done you simply remove the blades by pressing the eject button and then they insert back in with extreme ease. I have absolutely no bad things to say about this utensil just that I wish I had bought it sooner!!
It isn't big and chunky so can be stored away easily along with your non electrical utensils. The wire is of perfect length for easy use.
Perfect results every time whether you are carving lamb, beef, turkey or pork and for the price of it you really couldn't wish for any more from this knife, it is an excellent buy and I recommend highly.
I purchased this Cookworks Electric Knife from Argos for around £15 a few years ago, however looking at their website now, Argos are selling it at the lower price of £9.50. Argos however are not offering delivery for this item, only collection from their store. Amazon are selling this Electric Knife at a considerably higher price of £25.90, which is actually a lot higher than the retail price a few years ago! Homebase are also selling this Cookworks knife for the bargain price of £9.50, but again only offer collection from store.
* ABS finish.
* 120 watts.
* 1 type of blade included.
* Includes standard blades.
* Stainless steel blades.
* Safe blade removal.
* Easy grip.
* Safety on-off switch.
* Dishwasher safe blades.
* Weight 800g.
The Cookworks Electric Knife is small and compact in size, and looks almost like an extra mini electric saw! Its body has a white & grey glossy plastic finish, in which mostly consists of a handle design. On the top of the handle there is a power button and a blade release button. The two blades are made from stainless steel and are fully detachable from the appliance. The appliance has a power cord and plug that is white in colour and long in length.
What It Can Be Used For
I needed an electric knife for cutting slices of bread from loafs as I am fan of baking fresh home made bread, and always have some trouble cutting perfect slices with a normal kitchen knife. I also wanted an electric knife that could slice through cooked meat with ease, as we have roast dinners every Sunday and therefore having a good meat slicer was becoming a necessity.
How It Works
The Cookworks Electric knife is very easy to operate and use and once the two blades are inserted into the hole located at the front of the white handle/body then it is ready to use. When inserting the blades, of course you need to be careful due to the sharpness of the underside, so holding them from the top is best. Once the blades are in position and fitted into place there will be a click sound to let you know that they are securely positioned and that they won't come loose during operation.
Plug the power adaptor into the mains and then hold the knife securely by the body of the handle. The power cord is a good length and enabled me to use the knife comfortably without any tugging or restrictions. I also found the handle to be very well designed and allowed enough room for my hand to make a nice comfortable grip. It was also extremely lightweight to hold, making it even easier to operate and control during use. The power is switched on by a white button located at the top of the appliance, and the button is released when you wish to turn the power off. During operation it is quite noisy, but it usually slices through food quickly so the noise isn't long lasting.
I found that the electric knife works great in slicing bread from a loaf and works just as well on cooked roast meat. It is almost effortless to use, and the sharpness of the blades and the power of the 120 Watt power motor does all the cutting for you. I just directed the cutting by holding via the handle and position it in the correct place and press down slightly to begin cutting. The blades are very sharp and cut through food with no problems, and make nice neat slices. I have used this Cookworks knife for a good few years and have not needed to replace the blades or had any faults with the mechanics etc, it works just as well as when I first purchased it.
Detaching The Blades & Cleaning
The blades are easy to remove by simply clicking the white release button onto of the handle, and there is also a plastic sleeve to enable safe transportation of the blades to the sink or drawers etc. The blades are very easy to clean, I wash them like I would wash any other knife, giving them a soak in soapy water and a little scrub with a soapy sponge. The blades are dishwasher proof, however I find them easier washing them by hand.
Overall I am very happy with this purchase, it is easy to operate and use, cuts through food easily and very easy to clean. It is also very long lasting, I have had this for a few years and the blades are still very sharp and haven't need replacing, making this appliance very good value for money.
I had owned the same electric knife since I had my first house which was almost thirty years ago so thought it was time to replace it with a new model. I bought this Cookworks electric knife from my local Argos store last year and paid £9.50 which is a good price for an electric knife as you can pay a great deal more than this.
It is quite a plain basic design but it is sturdy and durable. It is white and grey and there is a large handle for you to grab hold of the knife. The long thin blades are stainless steel and are dishwasher safe and are serrated down the one side which you push into the handle until you hear a click and you know that they are secured in place. They will stay in this position until you press the release button to remove them when you have finished with the knife. There is a good safety measure as the knife will not work if you are not pressing the button at the front continually.
The knife does make a bit of noise and vibrates and you do have to keep a tight secure hold on the knife in order to aim the blades at exactly the right place you need to cut. It weighs 800g so isn't too heavy but it does feel a decent weight in your hand when it is on. I do use this knife every weekend to cut the Sunday roast and as I have always done this I am used to the knife and find it easy to use. It definitely gives a sharp precise cut and you can slice meat either very thick or thin for your personal choice and the finished effect looks far better than the thick chunks you get from using a traditional carving knife. I also find that the meat goes further as I don't tend to put so much on the plates this way. I have also used it to cut cheese occasionally more so when I am entertaining as you do get a professional clean cut which looks good if you are presenting food for guests.
After regular use of this knife it has not lost any sharpness and still cuts through large joints of meat easily and effortlessly. You don't have to put any pressure on yourself but just need to hold it steady and it glides through the meat. It comes complete with plug and a cable which is just over a metre long so you do have to think where you are using it. I usually cut the meat directly onto a glass work top board as I have used a plastic board in the past and the knife has made marks in this.
When I have finished I will detach the blades and pop them in the dishwasher and use a cloth with hot water and washing up liquid to wipe over the handle as it can get a bit greasy from the meat. I recommend this electric knife as it is sharp and reliable and is a lot cheaper than most other electric knives on the market.
The Cookworks Chrome Electric Knife is a product I have owned for about a year. I bought it after I had to replace my previous electric knife because the blade kept coming loose and obviously this isn't great from a health and safety perspective! I mostly use my electric knife to cut bread into slices and also to carve meat and I just find that using an electric knife makes both of these tasks less cumbersome and considerably quicker. The Cookworks Chrome Electric Knife cost me £14.99 from Argos (www.argos.co.uk) which I felt was an okay price and one that I was willing to pay. In terms of other knives on offer, this is one of the cheaper models but because it's not something I use every day I really didn't think it was worth investing in anything too expensive.
The Cookworks Chrome Electric Knife comes in fairly standard packaging which does have instructions on how to use the knife printed on it. To be honest, I don't think you really need these instructions as it is not rocket science, but it is there if you do want to have a little read. Unilike the photo above, the main motor of my product is a jet black which looks shiny and sleek. There are two knives included in the packaging and these knives suit my needs well - and I think would suit most domestic cooking / food production needs.
In order to prepare the knives for use, it is just a matter of inserting the blades into the attachment space until it clicks into place. Once in place they will not fall out unless you deliberately remove them - which you do by pressing the detach button. I feel secure that once the knives are in place they are not going to come detatched - which was the problem with my last electric knife. In order to cut food then it's simply a matter of pressing the power button - and keeping your finger on it for as long as you want the knife to be powered. I like this aspect of it as well as it's also like a safety mechanism as it's easy to stop cutting immediately if you need to - or if you drop it!!
As I said, I think the blades cut well and they feel rigid and strong. They are easy to clean and can go into the dishwasher. In the year we have owned our blades we haven't needed to sharpen them or replace them.
The tool obviously needs to be plugged in to the mains in order to be used, but the cable is fairly long as so it will stretch a long way - and well over a metre.
Overall, I think this is a good product for domestic use and would recommend it.
Every household needs an electric carving knife but there is no need to spend a fortune on them these days especially when it will spend most of its time in a drawer or at the back of a cupboard. Most the supermarkets do really good value ranges as does Asda where you can pick up basic kitchen equipment for only a few pounds.
If you want something just a little bit better then most of them also do a slightly posher own brand. For Argos this is Cookworks which is exclusive to them and does a range of kitchen products that are a little bit nicer than their value products.
I've had my Cookworks electric knife for ages and it is still going strong so it is definitely a brand that I would recommend. It cost me around about £10 to buy which was a couple of years ago.
It is pretty basic looking and is made from white plastic and the main part of the body is pretty bulky. The plastic handle does allow you to grip the body of the knife tightly which is needed as it vibrates quite strongly when it is turned on and you need a good grip to be able to control it and make sure that you slice accurately.
With the knife come two sets blades which are serrated and really sharp even now after using it for so long.
To use the electric knife you just need to push the blades into the body until you hear them click into place. Once in they are tightly secured so you don't need to worry about them falling out until you are finished with them and ready to clean them for next time.
To release the blades you just press the release button and they literally just fall out of the knife base.
When you turn the knife on it makes a lot of noise and can be a little scary to use as the blades are so sharp you could easily do yourself damage if you're not careful.
The knife does have a safety feature on it in that you actually have to be pressing the button to make the knife work and as soon as you take your finger off the button the knife cuts out straight away.
I have found that this knife is fine for most things and it helps cut meat as thin or as thick as I want it to be and is accurate in its precision. I have also used it for loads of other things including slicing through frozen food though it isn't quite as smooth for this.
The one problem that I have with it is that the cord is a little on the short side and I would have liked it to have been just a tad longer so I didn't have to move everything nearer the plug to use it.
I really can't complain about this knife as it has lasted me for a while with absolutely no problems and it does what it is supposed to with minimal fuss. It isn't the fanciest of kitchen products but you don't really need it to be since you will only be seeing it on certain occasions and the rest of the time it will be hidden away in a drawer.
Cutting freshly baked bread while it is still lovely and warm is not the easiest of tasks with a standard knife no matter how sharp it is, very few are actually up to the job. The sharpness of some of the knives in my house leave a lot to be desired, they resemble spoons more so than knives when it comes to their cutting ability (I just mentioned in my last review for my electric can opener that it has a knife sharpener on the back but I have never used it out of laziness mostly). With fresh bread they say to let it cool before cutting it. ARE YOU CRAZY? No way I can't wait. So if I was to grab one of my spife's (spoon like knife) I would end up with a flat lump of dough no thicker than a coaster. So that's the main use for this Electric knife by Cookworks.
It slices through freshly baked bread like a knife through butter or should I say a chainsaw.
My granny had one of these and they are considered very seventies, very Fanny Cradock. But if it ain't broke don't fix it. The design works and works great, it's like a little hedge trimmer it's handle is built in to the unit itself and it's all made of strong, White, moulded PVC. The blades are very sharp and simply click into the front of the knife with a gentle push. There is an audible CLICK to let you know they are locked in place as the last thing you would want is to be sitting down to a Sunday roast only to have the blades fly across the table towards your mother in law the minute you try to begin carving. Speaking of roasts this is fantastic at cutting the turkey and ham at Christmas. You can have the slices as thick or as thin as you like and with this device the meat seems to go a lot further than when I carve the meat in big doorstep sized slices. Just press the power button located on top and the blades begin to move forwards and back.
There is a nice long cord on this electric knife but just like a garden tool make sure to keep the cord well away from the sharp blades. The serrated blades detach as easily as they were fitted by simply pressing the blade realise button also on top beside the power button. They pop right out ready to be washed in warm soapy water. I then give the a shake and leave to air dry as trying to dry them would result in my dishcloths ending up looking like a tiger had been playing with them. The body of the unit must NOT come into contact with water as it's where all the electrics are contained. Instead it cleans off very easily with a simple wipe of a cloth.
This gets used at least once a week in our house and a lot more often around the holidays such as Christmas and new year and will be used heavily over Easter no doubt. Because without this a giant roast would feed three people if it was left to me.
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I love to cook, bake and make things in the kitchen. I make my own bread and rolls from time to time and sometimes the crusts come out a little thicker than I would like. This is usually the time that owning an electric knife really does come in handy as I can blast through my loaf in no time at all, cut it in to slices, make some sandwiches and freeze them for the weeks lunches. This also comes out when it is time for the Sunday roast to be carved as it just saves me time and helps to ensure that the dinner is served while everything is still hot.
I have owned two electric knifes prior to this one and both of them have either become lost or I have lost the blades and therefore they have been rendered useless and put on Freecycle for someone who can actually make some use out of them.
This Cookworks electric knife was actually given to me by my mother when she was moving house, wanting to travel light, and I believe that she paid around £8 or £9 for this a number of years ago, possibly in excess of five, and from looking online I can see that this is available in chrome for around £15.00 now. The version that I have is the white one pictured.
This knife is very straight forward to use, even without any instructions. There are two blades, designed to fit together easily and there is a plastic sleeve that helps to keep your fingers safe when these are put back in a drawer. Fitting the blades is very simple as they just click in to place and they are held there until you press the white button in to release the blades again. The knife is electric, as stated, simply needing to be plugged in to the wall before it can be used. The on button is easy to press down and must be pressed to stay working.
The length of the flex is generous and I am able to plug this in to any of the plug sockets in my kitchen and still use it freely with no tug or pull on the flex at all.
Even after several years of use my electric knife has stayed good, as far as I know. My Mum never had to replace the blades and they still cut through bread & meat with ease. I have used this for a few other cutting purposes over the past year or so but the main one has been the Sunday roast meat. Whether cutting pork, beef, chicken or gammon I find this easy to use and it takes just a few minutes to slice up a whole joint, however, when cutting something very thick or tough, which beef can be sometimes, I do notice a decreased strength in the blades and it does take that little bit longer, however, it works eventually.
These blades are very simple to keep clean. I just unclip mine from the knife, give them a wash in my washing up bowl and then dry them before putting them back in their clear sleeve and stashing them in the cupboard for the next time I want to cut something and be a bit lazy about it.
Review of the Cookworks Electric Carving Knife.
I purchased this electric carving knife just before Christmas 2010. The knife was bought to replace an old Molyneux model that my late mother had owned for years. Personally I wouldn't actually bother with an electric knife, but Mum was insistent that we needed one during the festive season for carving the Christmas meats.
Being a good daughter, I did not argue with my Mum!
The Cookworks knife was presented in a simple cardboard box, no instruction booklet was included, however the appliance is simplicity itself to set up. It consists of a white plastic body which houses the motor unit. This also has two buttons, one to operate the motor and the other is the blade release mechanism.
The body of the knife has two slots in which you insert the cutting blades. The blades are very easy to put in, a gentle pressure is all that is required to fit them. You merely need to push them home until you hear a click. To remove simply press the release button and they will slide out. Two sets of blades are provided, one set is a little coarser than the other, I presume this is intended for tougher foodstuffs or even frozen food. The blades are approximately 20 cm in length.
The electric knife comes with a 3 pin plug fitted (naturally!) and the white cable is around 115cm in length, which we find quite long enough to operate the knife from all our kitchen plug sockets.
You need to keep the on/off button pressed down when the knife is in use, I do find this a little cumbersome, especially as you may need to reposition the foodstuffs being cut as you work.
The knife is not too heavy in use and it cuts fairly well.
The knife blades are dishwasher proof although the main unit can be wiped clean, obviously being an electrical appliance, it should not be immersed in water. If washing these blades by hand, care should be taken as they are very sharp.
==Price and Availability==
I believe I paid in the region of £10 for this knife from Argos, in December 2010. Being a bit of a cheapskate, I ordered it online via a cash back site in order to receive a little financial refund!
Cookworks is the 'own brand' range from Argos, so therefore the products are only available from Argos stores or the company website.
==My Thoughts and Conclusion==
As mentioned earlier in the review, this product was purchased at the request of my mother. It was used over the Christmas period and whilst my mother was very pleased with it, I cannot say I have found it very useful.
My mother passed away earlier this year and now she is no longer around, the electric knife has remained unused in the kitchen drawer as I personally do not like electric carving knives. I find that I am terrified of them slipping and cutting myself. I also find the knife very noisy in use and am really not comfortable using it.
To be honest, I am a vegetarian and my partner eats very little meat, so we do not have joints of meat to carve these days. I find the knife too much effort to get out, set up and clean afterwards for the sort of kitchen cutting and slicing we do. I far prefer to use a traditional knife.
I cannot in all honesty say that this knife is really worth the drawer space it takes up. I am sure in a household where the family eat a traditional Sunday joint of meat, or large uncut loaves are regularly sliced, it may be of more use, but for my lifestyle and catering habits, it is not worth owning.
I think this will be finding its way to the next boot fair or charity shop donation!
Thank you for reading
©brittle1906 December 2011
N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name.
I always use an electric knife to cut bread ( I make my own) and have until recently been using my Mums 30 year old Braun electric knife. Unfortunately this recently gave up the ghost so it was a trip to Argos to pick up a new one. With my wedding rapidly approaching I chose the Cookworks Electric Knife at £11.99.
The knife comes in a blue box with pictures of it on the front, back and lid. There is also a small amount of information on the end of the box and that's all. Inside is just the knife and 2 blades no instructions at all, although using the knife is pretty self explanatory.
The knife has a 120W motor.
The knife consists of the main body which contains the motor and 2 serrated blades which come in a plastic cover. The knife has a handle on the top which is square and flat and to be honest not overly comfortable to hold. On the top of the handle you will find the on/off button. Toward the end of the knife there is a second button which is used to release the blades. The knife is approximately 22cm's long without the blades, these add another 21cm's. The blades are quite thin and have serrated edges.
To use the knife is easy. You need to slot the blades together using a little button situated on one blade, this slots into a small groove on the other blade. They then push into the end of the knife and lock in place. To remove them you need to press the second button on the body of the knife. This is a safety feature so the blades cant come out while you are using them.
To cut with the knife you need to keep your thumb pressed on the on/off button. As soon as you take your thumb of the motor stops.
The cable is 110cm's, this is not the most generous cable but long enough for me. To clean the knife you simply wipe it with a slightly damp cloth, it must never be immersed in water. The blades are dishwasher proof.
Using the Cookworks knife is easy enough and it works reasonably well. The blades are sharp and you get a nice clean cut, especially with bread. The main problems I have found are the weight and shape of the knife. The knife weighs just under 800 grams which doesn't sound much but when you are cutting with it it feels quite heavy. The other problem I have found is the length of the blades. They are long and thin and feel a bit flimsy, this ,makes the knife feel a bit top heavy when cutting with it. It doesn't seem as well balanced as my old one.
These problems aside, it does slice well and wasn't very expensive. It has a couple of little faults but over all I would recommend giving this one a try.