Shark Tank Experience

The Shark Tank Experience: Q&A with Mighty Carver Inventor Kim Burney

It was no easy task for Mighty Carver owners Kim and Lance Burney to get their pitch heard on Shark Tank and secure an investment offer from a shark — Daymond John, the CEO and founder of FUBU.

After making it through the application process of over 37,000 applicants, they were invited onto the show. The couple carefully watched every previous episode of Shark Tank to prepare their pitch on Season 12, Episode 4. They memorized their entire pitch, including each other’s lines in case either of them forgot a word.

In turn, the couple secured a $100,000 investment offer in exchange for 25 percent of their company from shark John, a world-renowned investor and an original shark.

We asked Mighty Carver inventor Kim Burney about her Shark Tank experience and her advice for anyone who wants to appear on the show.Mighty Carver on Shark Tank

Q: How did you come up with the idea for Mighty Carver?

A: We do a lot of work on our family tree farm that involves using power tools. The guys in our family could go for days using a chainsaw and always with a big smile on their face.

One fall day, I thought about planning our upcoming Thanksgiving celebration. Our Holiday dinner was a highly anticipated event, especially when my grandfather carved the turkey with the electric knife. Sadly, my Grandfather is no longer with us, but we want to carry on this tradition and make it an event our kids will never forget!

I suddenly thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be fun to carve the turkey with an electric knife that looked like a chainsaw”? Hence, the Mighty Carver was born!

Q: When did you know you wanted to appear on Shark Tank?

A: People would often say to me, ‘You should go on Shark Tank!’ I didn’t watch television much, but I had the idea of what the show was about. Then I went to the Chicago Houseware Show in 2019 and did a little presentation that had a format similar to Shark Tank, where inventors pitch their products to a group of people in the industry. We got a lot of good feedback.

That’s when we became intrigued. Maybe we should consider trying out for Shark Tank?

Someone once told me, if you go on Shark Tank, they automatically get 5 percent of your business. I thought, ‘Nope, that is not for me.’ A year later we got a phone call from casting that said they might be interested in us applying to the show. I explained that I didn’t like the idea of the 5 percent equity, and she quickly told me that is no longer the case! Well, OK then, we had to apply!

Daymond John Shark Tank

Q: Why were you excited to earn this investment with Daymond John specifically?

A: It is no secret Daymond built his business from the ground up, in his mother’s living room. I know that Daymond knows exactly what it’s like to build a business from the ground up, with very little capital.

He brings huge value with the skills needed to scale our business, as well as network with his valuable connections across the retail industry.

Q: How has Daymond John helped mentor you since striking the partnership?

A: Daymond and his team have really motivated us in preparation for the air date. Making sure we have the tools and know-how to make it a successful launch. They have partnered with our marketing team energyhill in making sure things will go smoothly for Mighty Carver.

Daymond and his team are also in contact with vendors that he works closely with.

Q: What’s your advice to entrepreneurs looking for success?

A: Never give up! If your product meets the basic criteria of most successful products, you believe in your product, and most importantly believe in yourself, then you are well on your way to becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Also, do your research! Does your product solve a problem? Is it unique? Is it something someone will need or want? Product design, development, manufacturing, and sales are all things to consider. Patents, trademarks, and capital are also an integral part of the success of a product. Struggles and setbacks will occur, it’s how you handle them that will make the difference!

I won’t tell you it was easy, there are many lessons to learn and hardships to overcome. But you will never know what you are capable of doing without trying. Would I do it again, knowing what I know now? Absolutely!Shark Tank Experience

Q: What’s your advice for entrepreneurs who want to be on Shark Tank?

A: Be clear on your objectives. Be reasonable and fair with your valuation. The same applies to the amount you are asking for and the percentage of equity.

Are you profitable? Do you have investors? Do you have any outstanding loans?  All of these questions are important to venture capitalists. Put yourself in the shark’s shoes. Would you invest in you?

Your presentation is another key factor. Of course, you never know if the sharks will ultimately be interested in it until you actually step foot on that red carpet.

Mighty Carver — order yours today

The Mighty Carver Electric Knife is a unique carving knife with the design and power of a chainsaw. With the Mighty Carver, everyone will want to carve the Thanksgiving turkey. Thanks to its dual stainless steel blades, it’s also great for cutting any meat, bread, fruit, vegetables, and even cheese!

For everyone who saw our appearance on Shark Tank, we’re offering $5 off all Mighty Carver orders with code “sharktank” at checkout. Order your Mighty Carver before the holiday season and start making memories that your family will cherish for years to come.

The Mighty Carver Story

The Mighty Carver Story

The Mighty Carver Story

How the Mighty Carver Began

The story of how the Mighty Carver was created starts at our family gathering for the holidays.

Our family owns a small cabin on top of a mountain near Missoula, Montana. We don’t get out there much, but when we do, there is generally a list of things to be done around the property. One of these includes “Limbing Up” the trees.

To avoid the chance of wildfires burning down our property, we trim the small branches and bushes around the trunks of the trees. We do this when there is still moisture in and around the acreage and the leaves are still green.

The men in our family love to use the chainsaw and cut away all the unwanted brush. Of course, their faces are all smiles as they cut away with the power tool.

If I were to ask my husband or son, “Hey could you go out and cut down that tree for me?” they wouldn’t hesitate for a moment.  They would jump up and head out to the shed for the chainsaw.

Bringing Power to the Dinner Table

Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude.

— Nigel Hamilton

At Thanksgiving dinner as far back as I can remember, I would get out the electric carving knife for Grandpa. He would carefully carve the turkey to serve the family.

This is a wonderful tradition shared by most Americans. But Grandpa’s been gone for a year now and at the last Thanksgiving dinner I asked, “Hey, who wants to carve the turkey this year?”

No one looked up, no one said a word. I thought to myself, come on you guys, you all love power tools, what is the problem?

Then it hit me. “If this were a chainsaw, you boys would be fighting over who gets to carve the turkey.”

Mighty Carver Story: Creating a new Kitchen Tool

Ultimately, the Mighty Carver was created to make carving the Thanksgiving turkey — and other foods — an experience your family will remember. The Mighty Carver has done that for our family, helping us pass on Grandpa’s tradition of carving the turkey.

The Mighty Carver doesn’t just look like a chainsaw. It packs the power of one too. We spent months and rounds of models to find one that works better than any carving knife on the market.

Our electric carving knife is light, so anyone can use it. The Mighty Carver has two ergonomic handles and it’s fitted with two stainless steel blades, so you’re in control. Lastly, it’s easy to take apart to wash and stow away. Now, you can carve your turkey like a pro, and make it look easy.

This is how the Mighty Carver was created — an amazing tool for dads and special people in your life.

Electric Knife History

Electric Knife History

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?

Electric Knife History

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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