Product Type: Cookworks electrical appliances
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Not Really Worth The Drawer Space!
Cookworks Electric Knife
Member Name: brittle1906
Cookworks Electric Knife
Advantages: Reasonably priced, fine if you do lots of carving!
Disadvantages: Noisy motor and not of much use to me!
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
İbrittle1906 December 2011
N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name.
Summary: A basic electric carving knife
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