Perhaps relic is too strong a word; after all, the one above is currently for sale at Williams-Sonoma. But we think of electric knives as a convenience gadget from the 80s that has slowly been replaced by well-made chefs' knives. Maybe we're wrong. Do you use an electric knife in your house?
We'll admit we have a family member who is still wholeheartedly devoted to his for cutting meat. And if you want thin, precise cuts, it's a great tool. It can make quick work of a roast or a turkey, slicing it into portions without requiring much muscle. There's also no tearing a crusty chicken skin or mashing a nice piece of beef as you cut, since the vibrating blades shimmy through like a hot knife through butter.
So those are the benefits. The downside? It's noisy and has a cord hanging out the back of it. Also, those humming blades always seemed more dangerous to us than a basic knife.
Does anyone else have one of these lying around the kitchen? Do you use it?
(Image: Cuisinart Electric Carving Knife, $49.95 at Williams-Sonoma)