Would you every buy an Electric knife?

Discussion in 'Cooking Knife Reviews' started by hannahbee, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. hannahbee

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    Hi all, 

    I'm doing a little study on electric knives for a design school project and am really interested in learning what the opinion is out there on them. Especially since reviews seem to be pretty divided on their usefullness.

     I thought I'd ask the experts, so here are my questions:

    So, Do any of you own electric knives?

    What do you use them for?

    What about them do you like/ dislike?

    I'd really appreciate any opinions at all: rants, interesting experiences,  simple dismissals. What do you think?
     
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  2. cheflayne

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    No. I understand the premise behind them, but not the logic.
     
  3. robertoo

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    I got one when I got married.Use it 2 times and put it away,too mutch work ;take it,put knife in,electricitie,use it ,clean it and put it away.

    I even don't know where I store it.

    A Good knife is more easy.
     
  4. phatch

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    Don't own one. Never saw the point of it. Added hassle, storage, cords. A sharp knife has been more than sufficient. 
     
  5. millionsknives

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    I have cooked on BBQ teams that use electric knives to slice brisket.  I think you can slice a little bit hotter meat without shredding.  The temp of what you serve the judges can be the difference between winning and losing.

    In most cases I would rather rest the meat a little bit longer then slice using a normal slicing knife.
     
  6. cheflayne

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    I'm not quite following you there, why would an electric knife shred less? I would think the opposite would be true.
     
  7. chefedb

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    Yes have 4 of them and use on the buffett
     
  8. cheflayne

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    Chef Ed,I am not really familiar with using electric knives, why do you choose them over a regular slicer for buffets?
     
  9. millionsknives

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    @cheflayne I couldn't tell you why.  Logic says that the sawing motion (even if small) would be bad. It's only anecdotal evidence. I'm curious where this thread goes too. 

    The options were a granton edge victorinox slicer or an electric knife and we had better slices with the electric.  A perfect brisket slice when you stretch it has a little bit of pull, but it is still moist.  If it stretches like a rubber band (undercooked), crumbles dry (cooked too hot), or breaks into a wet mess (over cooked), those are all getting marked down.  I think this one was on the moister side and that is when electric gave better results.

    This was before I got into j-knives.  I'm going to try with a well maintained sujihiki next time I get a chance.  With the amount of money put into competing, it's not bad to have a backup plan.
     
  10. millionsknives

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    Maybe the bark on the meat or the finishing grit when sharpening the slicer are important factors?
     
  11. brianshaw

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    Something to consider: 
     
  12. cheflayne

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    As I said, I am unfamiliar with electric knives but I am still having trouble wrapping my head around it, just an old school dinosaur.

    You have definitely got my curiosity aroused though and I would love to do a side by side comparison, as I have found this to be the best way for me to reach a conclusion for myself. Especially in case like this because I sharpen my knives to my specs (everyone has their own) and my knife techniques might be slightly different than someone else (because everyone has their own).

    I don't want to buy an electric just for a test though. So I guess it is time to check with the relatives because somebody is bound to have one.
     
  13. millionsknives

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    In my searching, I guess people using slicers on meat with bark push straight down first to get past the bark, then do their pulling slicing motion.  Maybe my technique just needs refinement.

    Electric knives don't really have much learning curve, so anybody on your team can use it with no training.
     
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  14. cheflayne

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    I figured that this would be one of the pluses to an electric, but wasn't sure. Great dialogue so far. I appreciate your insight as it helps me to learn. Thanks.
     
  15. hannahbee

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    From what I understand, sped and volume are some of the few places an electric knife might have the edge over traditional knives. They also do seem to make a very clean cut. Whould that be enough to justify owning one though? I guess that depends on your needs...
     
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    What are the design factors you would like to address.  So far all of the questions/answers are addressing preference... which is good discussion but mroe focused on a marketing study rather than a design study.
     
  17. panini

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    @MillionsKnives,I must agree on smoked meats. When I do butts I sometime want to serve chunks instead of pulling. I break large pieces off the bone and slice pieces. Works better then my slicing knives. I also have two battery knives on the boat for filleting fish, The Best!!!
     
  18. hannahbee

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    At the moment, it is just the market, or potential markets, that I'm looking into. The full blown design project will come much later. 
     
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    @hannahbee,

    Please don't overlook the sportsman market. The electric knife seems to glide along the bones and not cut through them for fish. I don't know of anyone down here in Tx who doesn't have them in their cleaning station.
     
  20. cheflayne

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    Wow learning more new things! That's one of the reasons that I love this industry, the learning never stops as long as we are open to it. I definitely want to play around with an electric knife now to see what I have been missing.