Product Type: Kenwood electrical appliances
Newest Review: ... in fairness, £18 for a very useful kitchen appliance is not too bad at all. The exact model is a Kenwood KN400 Electric Carving knife. I ha... more
Not just for meat lovers.
Member Name: reddanni
Advantages: Great if you suffer with joint problems.
Disadvantages: Wish I had brought model with freezer blades.
After years of struggling with a non electric carving knife and large meat fork I purchased the Kenwood electric carving knife. I was getting embarrassed serving our guests large slabs of meat when cooking a roast dinner. My husband being a huge meat lover didn't see this as a problem hence why it took so long to buy one.
This kitchen gadget is extremely simple to operate. On unboxing you have the body of the unit that has a comfortable handle incorporating the unit as a whole with just 2 buttons on the top. The button nearest the handle is the on / off button. The other is the blade release button. You get 2 stainless steel blades that are dishwasher safe included. The blades join together at the tip by sliding the blade with the small metal bump through the hole on the other blade and along as the hole gets smaller (I wish I could draw this for you as it is a lot easier than I have described it). The other end of the blades then attach to the body via 2 holes, one for each blade as only the tip of the 2 blades are joined. You will hear a click so you know they are in far enough. All that's left to do is plug in and press the on button.
The sound once on takes me straight back to my childhood hearing my dad carving the Sunday joint. I asked them before writing this how long they had had theirs and believe it or not they haven't replaced it in all their married years (over 25!). That tells you how well made and durable they are (the carving knife not my parents, although...)
As I said I purchased it for doing meat when doing a roast. It performs very well not only is it light enough for even my Nan to use who has arthritis but it is very comfortable to hold. This is important if carving for a large family which can take a long time especially at Christmas!
It carves meat quick and easily to whatever thickness you would like.
The only downside is the noise when the knife hits the plate etc that is holding the meat, it is a grating noise and sometimes I would prefer it if I could lift the joint slightly to finish slicing each slice. The blades are fairly sharp but you shouldn't cut yourself if you touched them when the unit is off. My parents still find their blades sharp enough so I don't there will be a problem of the blades getting blunt. The instructions do say never attempt to slice bones, food containing stones or seeds, food in wrappers such as aluminium foil or plastic film, or other hard food. This might damage or blunt the blades.
As for cleaning, the body should only need a wipe over, the blades as already said are dishwasher safe. The blades then have their own clear plastic cover to store in the box so you won't get cut boxing and un boxing the unit
Although I have only used for meat and very occasionally a lovely uncut loaf from the bakers it lists it uses as cooked meat, cooked poultry, bread, cakes, sandwiches, fruit and vegetables. I am not sure about the last 3 suggestions but if like my Nan you suffers with a form of arthritis I think you would use for a lot more than I do. Overall I am very glad we purchased and hope it will last as long as my parents.
Before you rush out and buy though I will mention that when purchasing I didn't see a Kenwood KN450 carving knife which according to the instructions in my KN400 has a set of frozen food freezer blades that have larger teeth, suitable for cutting partially thawed or lightly frozen food but not solid deep frozen foods. These extra blades sound very useful and if I was to purchase an electric knife again I would search out this model.
I purchased mine from Sainsburys at £14.99. I have seen them in Tesco for £19.97 or Currys for £14.99 not seen it cheaper than £14.99 unless second hand on Ebay.
It comes with a years guarantee from Kenwood.
Summary: Value for money, wouldn't be without now.
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