The History of the Electric Knife

The History of the Electric Knife

Let’s think about the history of the electric knife. Obviously it’s shorter than the invention of the electric motor (Allessandro Volta, 1800). Is it really a necessary tool or is it merely a passing fad?

Let’s start with a simple definition of an electric knife.

What is an Electric Knife?

An electric knife (i.e., electric carving knife) is an electrical kitchen appliance used for slicing foods. It requires less physical effort than an ordinary knife and produces more defined slices. The device consists of two serrated blades that are clipped together and oscillate via a small electric motor.

Who Invented the Electric Knife?

Jerome L. Murray (1913-1998) invented the electric knife. He was a great inventor of his day and held 75 patents that have had great impact on American life.

Mr. Murray was passionate about making daily tasks simpler for all people. He invented things that were useful, time-saving, and practical.

I’ve never seen courses in the art of inventing. Science and marketing can be learned, but inspiration comes from within.

When was the Electric Knife Invented?

The electric knife was invented very recently and within our lifetime or not many years before. It was originally patented in 1964 and eventually became a common kitchen utensil made by companies like Black + Decker and KitchenAid.

What are the Purposes of Electric Knives?

Electric knives are mostly used for meat cutting. At Thanksgiving meals the electric knife has become an American cultural icon. They are also used in restaurants and in the meat industry. There are smaller versions used for surgeries in the medical field. To a lesser extent, craftsmen use them for cutting non food solids or semi-solid substances such as wood, metal, and foam-rubber. Electric knives are manufactured with the option of being corded or cordless.

Why Did You Make the Mighty Carver?

Simple. We did it for you. We want people to enjoy their families and friends. Our goal is for you to have a practical tool in your hands that will save time, get the job done, and entertain your guests.

What more could anyone ask for? If you want more, check out our history of how the Mighty Carver came into existence!

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