An electric carving knife, commonly known as electric knife, is an electrical kitchen device used for slicing foods. The device consists of two serrated blades that are clipped together. When the appliance is switched on, the blades continuously move lengthways to provide the sawing action. They were popular in the United Kingdom in 1970s.
They are also sometimes used for other purposes, including sculpting polyurethane foam rubber, cutting wood, cutting metal, and other solid or semi-solid substances and materials. Electric knives can be corded or cordless.
- In the 1981 horror film Possession, the character of Anna cuts her neck with an electric knife.
- In the 1986 horror film Maximum Overdrive, an electric knife turns itself on and cuts waitress Wanda June.
- In the third-season Simpsons episode "Dog of Death", Homer attempts to use an electric knife to carve a Thanksgiving turkey at the table, sending pieces of it flying at other family members.
- In Stephen King's 1987 novel Misery, Annie Wilkes slices off Paul Sheldon's thumb with an electric knife.
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- C. E. Kosterman, "Power operated knife", US patent 2180244, 14 November 1939.
- Tip No. 080 A Method for Cutting Open Cell Polyurethane Foams NASA Materials Engineering Branch
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