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I never thought I would own an electric knife and indeed up until recently I have managed just fine without one. However my lazy boyfriend, ever keen on a good bargain found the Wahl electric knife for sale on eBay for £7 brand new and boxed and decided to buy it. Without my say-so. It was a good deal though however I did cope without the knife. I do use it though and it makes an appearance when we slice the roasts or cut solid frozen food.
==Price and availability==
The cost of the knife is £19.99 RRP and you can buy it on Amazon or at your local electrical store such as Comet and Currys. You will get a much better deal on eBay though, just like we did.
The knife is light to hold and it comes with two blades. One is a general purpose blade and the other is specifically for frozen foods. The base of the knife that contains the motor is soft rubberised and very round. It is comfortable to hold in the hand and it feels quite natural and easy to manoeuvre. Each blade comes in a plastic sheath for storage and are easy to attach and swap over. There are two release buttons to remove the blade so there is no risk of accidental activation. The blades are sharp but if you need to sharpen them you can use a regular or knife sharpener. There is a switch on safety feature too which involves pushing the button on the bottom and switch on top. I find this easy to control and pleased to have a safety feature such as this.
We have used the blade to cut though frozen bread cakes to pop them straight in the toaster and for dicing fozen meat so it defrosts quicker. This is especially useful for us as we buy meat in bulk and freeze it, having this tool makes it much easier whereas before we had to defrost it whole. I am taking about chicken and turkey breast for example, I would advise against using the blade to cut though bone as although it feels sturdy you do not want to damage the blade. The other blade which we use less often is good for slicing cooked meats and we use it when we have a roast. What I like about this knife is that all you need to do is exert a little pressure, the knife does the rest of the work and you can get neater slices. The knife is also really good for home made bread, we use the breadmaker so this knife is good for creating lovely neat slices.
The drawbacks of the machine are that it is really noisy, so much so that I do not like using it when my partner is in bed. The motor is 120 watt and it sounds like a light aircraft. I also find it a pain to get out and set up. It lives in the cupboard and although easy to find and plug in, the fact that I have to do this at all makes me reach for the knife block and use my regular blades. We did use this for a full week when we first bought it as we were excited with the new toy. Now we use it occasionally. It is one of those things that you do not need but you want.
The knife is well made with a long flex and sharp blades. It is light and it cuts though food quickly and easy with a neat incision. I would recommend it if people are struggling with pressure and cutting as it really does take on a lot of the work for you. I am just too lazy to set it up!
I don't have one of these in my bathroom like my Wahl electric shaver, or I might get them confused and saw my face off. However we do have one in the kitchen and it's quite a little gadget. Wahl seem to be quite a good make for electric goods and they are reasonably priced for the quality they possess.
The knife comes in a long box with some instructions, the main part along with two knife sets. One knife has quite a fine serrated edge and the other has a more obvious serrated edge, probably best for tougher meat. The knife is excellent for all kinds of meat and food cutting, but ideal for roast beef joints and other large joints.
The knife works really well by vibrating back and forth very quickly to cut through meat. This fast action along with the sharp blades makes it cut meat ever so easily! The holder has a plastic cover so doesn't show up as marked/scratched/damaged too easily.
There is a button on top to start the knife up, and there is also a safety lock button, which prevents it from being switched on, which is certainly a safe feature! You simply plug it straight into the mains and cut away, but should obviously keep the plug away from water that may be around.
We tend to always use the largely serrated knife as the other one seems better for more tender meat or thinner cuts. It works at a very good speed and the knives fit in place well to be steady so they don't vibrate from side to side to much, which leads to a neater cut. You can buy one of these for around £25 and they are certainly worth the buy. The quality is there and they do a good job. They are easy and pretty safe to use and the knives can be washed manually or in the dishwasher.
Thanks for reading!
My Nan bought my dad one of these for his birthday this year back in April for £24.95 from argos, and until this point I didn't actually realise that electric knives existed. Having learned that they did I didn't understand why you would buy one for any reason other than sheer laziness. But my dad like any man likes his toys and especially liked this one. We normally buy ready-sliced bread and meat etc. for convenience but since the arrival of the electric knife he began buying un-sliced loaves of bread and whole turkeys (we only ever have turkeys at Christmas). My mum let it slide as the prospect of watching a grown-man get excited over slicing some bread was fairly entertaining - bless.
The item's design looks quite stylish with a white and black finish, and I imagine it would make a smart addition to any kitchen. My dad especially made a place for it to hang on our wall, which was easy enough considering its smallish size (about 20 cm in length) and fixed the wire also for when the appliance was not in use.
The hand grip provides comfort and the ergonomic shape fitted my hand like a glove, which is strange as I have unusually tiny hands. It comes complete with two inter-changeable blades; the first for general cutting i.e. bread, vegetables, meat etc. and the second is dedicated to frozen foods that require a bit more hacking. We've used the second blade many times and it copes really well which goes for the first also - how it manages to slice bread without shredding it to pieces like regular knives and keep it's 'fluffy' texture is beyond me.
The drawback with the knife is that it's a bit fiddly to operate, as to use the utensil requires the user to hold on to two buttons the entire time. However, this has to be expected for safety reasons and I'd rather have the inconvenience, so that it is child proof and to prevent any harm should it accidentally switch on.
Nevertheless it is very easy to insert and switch the blades. I'd say it takes a little getting used to but once you get to grips with it its quite handy to have. Whether you need to cut bread, meat, vegetables, even radishes but I wouldn't recommend it. Blades are easily removed and cleaned, and can be stored in their own plastic packet provided upon purchase.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this purchase, especially to anyone who suffers trouble with their hands i.e. arthritis, rheumatism etc.
This is one of the items I have obtained via the Amazon Vine programme. I have seen it on sale on some websites for £24.99 but these are specialist stores and not major high street ones as yet. This will be updated when it becomes more widely available. The knife is available via one seller on amazon for £19.99 excl p+p but not widely available on amazon at the moment.
EDIT: 21/10/10 now available from amazon.co.uk for £24.39
I remember my mum having an electric knife which usually gets one outing a year on Christmas day for carving the turkey. It always seamed to be a major haste to me to have one as why use an electric one when a regular knife would do the job just as well. Still as this was one of the very few items Amazon vine has offered me which was not a book I thought I would give it a go.
This item should not be confused with the other James Martin Wahl electric knife (which has a handle) which has been available for some time
The knife comes with two blades one is a general purpose blade and the other is designed to be used on frozen foods. The body of the knife is rather like a large stick blender so it does fit in the hand well and it is easy to manoeuvre. The rubberised grip makes it less likely to slip but you still need to make sure your hands are dry before you use the knife to lessen the risk of the knife slipping out of your hand.
The knife body is white (I don't know if it is available in other colours) and so it will fit in with most kitchen's colour schemes if you intend to have it 'on show' all the time. The hook can be used to hang it up but I tend to keep mine in a draw as I don't like too much clutter. The blades are easy to fit and remove after and each one comes in its own protective plastic sleeve. When fitted the blades are securely held in place and can only be removed by pressing both release buttons which if used correctly is impossible to do whilst using the knife. The blades are very sharp and so they need to be kept away from small children as well as clumsy husbands (cut his hand whilst drying them - d'ho)
The knife in use
The frozen food blade works well and it does slice up frozen bread with little effort on my part. Whilst I haven't tried it out on frozen meat as yet it does look like it would cope with this as well. Although I would not advise you use the knife to try to cut through any bone that may be left in any joints of meat as this may blunt the blade. I have also used this blade to slice up frozen cheese cakes again with good success but it did break up the base a bit but nothing serious.
The regular blade makes light work of carving cooked meat and bought bread. For me the bread use is important as I buy unsliced bread and a regular bread knife tends to make confetti out of it as at times the bread is too soft. This electric knife cuts through it no problem. Again you should avoid going through things like bones on the meat and hard stones like those in mangoes as again it will blunt the blade.
The knife is powerful enough to do all the work for you with the normal blade and there is no need to use it with any push and pull action. This is a habit I, at first, found hard to get out of. The frozen food blade at times does need a light saw like action.
The 120 watt motor is quite noisy in use but as you will only need it for a short amount of time this isn't a major issue.
The bad points
What some people may find difficult with this appliance is the double button system. You have to hold the button on the bottom of the knife and push the spring loaded switch on the top to switch it on. Let go of one of them and the knife switches off. Whilst I fully understand the need for this as a safety device it did take some getting used to. Also it does take a degree of dexterity to do and anyone with arthritis may find this knife hard to use due to this. Perhaps a bit of a redesign to include a regular 'on/off' switch and the trigger button may make this easier. The power cable is of a good length and there is a suction cup attached so it can be kept out of the way. However, the suction cup does not look at that strong and so an RCD adapter may be advisable.
A good electric knife fairly easy to use and easy to manoeuvre. Powerful enough to cope with most cutting jobs in the kitchen it can easily be used with the one hand. The main thing which would improve this is the use of a regular on/off switch and the trigger button.
I have a shorter review on amazon under my real name (M.J. Collins) as part of the Amazon vine programme.