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In the 1950s, William H. Sahloff, who ran GE’s housewares division at the time, saw a need to be filled in the American kitchen: the perfect slicing utensil. Sahloff - who had previously conceived of inventions like the electric can opener and the electric toothbrush -  brought his idea for an electric carving knife to GE engineers, who spent five years perfecting the invention. After the innovation debuted in the mid-1960s, sliced turkey never looked the same again in many American households. 

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    Was also used in the film Maximum Overdrive Then became the most terrifying utensil in the kitchen
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    I have two of these, one for cutting meat and one for Fiberglas insulation.
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