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:

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!

The Mighty Carver Story

The Mighty Carver Story

The Mighty Carver Story

Family Cabin

Please allow me to share with you how the idea of the Mighty Carver story came to be. 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 wild fires 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 chain saw and cut away at unwanted brush. Their faces are all smiles as they cut away with the powerful 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 chain saw.

Holiday Dinner Solution: Mighty Carver Story

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 chain saw, you boys would be fighting over who gets to carve the turkey.”

This is how the Mighty Carver story was born, an amazing tool for dads and special people in your life, including the ladies!