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Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife

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  • High quality stainless steel blades
  • Wood block storage tray
  • Includes bread blade, carving blade and butcher block holding tray
  • Ergonomic handle
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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Product Description

Cuisinart's electric knife adds a little electricity to any carving or cutting job, providing the extra power a real kitchen commando needs. Its powerful motor combines with two stainless-steel blades (one for carving and one for bread) to make short work of almost every slicing task, whether you're working with a roast, French bread, or vegetables. It has a comfortable ergonomic handle designed to be used by right- or left-handed people, a solid-wood butcher-block storage tray with a safety lock system for storage in a drawer or on the counter, a one-touch pressure-activated on/off trigger control, and space for wrapping the cord. --A.J. Rathbun

Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife

Whether you are making a large Thanksgiving dinner for your friends and family or slicing bread for early morning toast, the Cuisinart Electric Knife will serve you well. Its superior cutting performance, state-of-the-art features and butcher block storage stand will spoil you for any other knife. Two full size blades quickly and evenly slice through roasts and bread. The stainless steel blades provide stay-sharp, long term performance. The Cuisinart Electric Knife is built with the same commitment to the home cook as all other fine Cuisinart kitchen products.

The Only Way To Slice It!

Cuisinart continues its commitment to superior quality and innovation with our new state-of-the-art electric stainless steel knife. The Cuisinart Electric Knife not only delivers high performance and great satisfaction, but is also a countertop space saver! Complete with two stainless steel blades, it's ideal for slicing meats, loaves, and vegetables. Also included is an ergonomic handle that's designed for right- or left-handed people, and a solid wood butcher-block storage tray with safety lock system for storage in a drawer or on the counter.

Cuisinart Electric Knife
Perfect for both daily use and special events, the Cuisinart Electric Knife is a classic addition to any kitchen.

Product Features

  • Powerful motor
  • Stainless steel blades
  • One-touch pressure-activated on/off trigger
  • Ergonomically designed handle
  • Safety lock
  • Two blades included: Carving Blade and Bread Blade
  • Wood block storage tray
  • Instruction book
  • Two blades included: Carving Blade and Bread Blade

Cuisinart Electric Knife

Helpful Hints

Carving Blade: The carving blade is very versatile. In addition to slicing meats such as turkey, chicken, salami, ham and roasts, it can also be used to cut fruits like melon and pineapple, vegetables such as squash, eggplant and zucchini, as well as hard cheeses.

Bread Blade: The bread blade glides through loaves for consistent, even slicing. It can also be used to slice bagels and sandwich rolls. Blade is intended for use on bread only.


The Cuisinart Electric Knife has a limited three-year warranty.

Great for soups, sauces, dressings, dips, and much more.
This solid wood butcher block looks great in any kitchen and takes up minimal counter space.

Features and Benefits

  1. On/Off Control: One touch pressure activated on/off trigger control for simple operation. Convenient for left or right hand use.
  2. Comfort Handle: Elegant ergonomic handle reflects look and feel of fine cutlery.
  3. Electrical cord: 4 foot cord for maximum flexibility.
  4. Safety Button: One touch locks or unlocks the on/off control for safety. Keep the safety button locked when knife is not in use.
  5. Blade Release Buttons: Easy inserting, removing or changing blades.
  6. Blades: Two full size blades. (A) Carving Blade and (B) Bread blade.
  7. Solid Wood Butcher Block: Premium unit crafted from hardwood. For easy, attractive storage on countertop or in drawer.
  8. Blade Lock: Safely locks blades to wood block.
  9. Cord Storage: Eliminates countertop clutter.
  10. Base: For countertop storage.

Cuisinart Electric Knife

Cleaning and Storage

To remove the blades, unplug the knife.Lock the safety button. Squeeze the Blade Release Buttons on both sides of the handle and grasp the blades with the cutting edge away from you. Slowly pull blades out from knife handle.

To wash, separate the blades by sliding the rivet out of the keyhole. Wash them in hot, soapy water or the dishwasher and dry thoroughly. Return to butcher block tray. Lift and turn blade lock positioning over blades and release to lock blades into position.

Clean the handle with a slightly damp cloth and wipe dry. Insert in butcher block and hook into slits on head of handle. Wrap cord around black base area.

Product Details

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  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 4 x 5.5 inches ; 4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00004WKI3
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: CEK-40
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (824 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

206 of 215 people found the following review helpful By Janet E. Morris on November 10, 2001
The Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife is by far the best ever, and I've used three other brands. The knife and blades store securely in the very attractive tray and the attached cord tucks away neatly behind the stand. I especially like the bread knife which works wonderfully on crusty breads. The blades slip easily into the knife handle and are just as easily removed. This is definitely a quality product and well worth the price.
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287 of 302 people found the following review helpful By G. Kerner on November 24, 2006
I am very disappointed with this product. I was carving my Thanksgiving turkey yesterday when the knife stopped working after it got hooked on bone in the wing. The motor continued to work, but the blades stopped moving. The knife has only been used 3 times, but I had to throw it out today. I opened the plastic case, and found a metal worm gear coming off the motor shaft,and a cheap nylon gear attached to it to move the blades back and forth. The nylon gear was stripped and the knife was useless. My prior knife, much less expensive, lasted for 18 years. The Cuisinart knife is not well made and only works well when it is not under any stress.
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517 of 549 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 4, 2006
I bought this knife and wanted to use it to carve up a roasted pig for a luau party I was having. The knife was a little under powered, it seemed to struggle when cutting larger slices. The pig was quite large (60 lbs) and after about 20 minutes of continuous use the knife became quite warm and stopped working. After a few choice explectives I handed it to my husband. Lucky for me my husband is a mechanical engineer who owns his own business which includes a metal working machine shop. Later that week he took it apart and discovered that there is a very fragile plastic Nylon gear that is part of the main drive. The plastic teeth on the gear were stripped and that is why the knife stopped working. He told me he did a few quick gear calculations (he is a smart fellow) and determined that the plastic nylon gear teeth strength was way underpowered for the design. He was able to make a duplicate gear out of stainless steel in his machine shop and assembled the new metal gear into the knife replacing the junk plastic one. Since that time the knife has worked flawless. I have since carved all sorts of roasts, pork, turkeys and no matter how long or hard the carving is, even if I hit a bone, it never stopped working. The Cuisinart engineers should be embarrased, this is such an easy fix to make (all they need to do is change out the Plastic nylon gear for a metal one, maybe cost them an extra 10 cents?), it is like they never did any research and developement on this product because I know if they tried to cut anything other then bread the dam knife would stop working after about 10 minutes of use. I would say that all the good reviews here are from people slicing bread, if you want to slice meat and use the knife for more then 10 minutes you will need to find an engineer and a machine shop to replace the plastic gear, after that it works great.
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111 of 117 people found the following review helpful By William J. on January 30, 2008
I bought one of these last August to use up a gift card. I used it for the first time the week before Thanksgiving on a london broil. I got through about three slices before the blades stopped slicing. The knife motor ran but the blades did not slice. After reading one of the earlier reviews, I suspect the teeth on the cheap nylon gear Cuisinart uses instead of a metal gear stripped off.

I wanted to try an electric knife to carve the turkey and bought a Hamilton Beach Carve 'n Set which worked perfectly, came with a carving fork, was housed in a convenient storage case and, more importantly, cost $20.00 at a local BB&B.

I recently decided to return the defective Cuisinart for repair. They not only want $5.00 "to facilitate the speed and accuracy of your return..." but they also expect the consumer to pay the cost of shipping their defective Cuisinart CEK-40 back to them.

Despite the quality and longevity of the other products they sell (we own several), their electric knife is a piece of comparatively expensive, klutzy junk that flaunts itself on more counter space than it needs or deserves. Their policy covering returns and repairs of defective products is the quintessential rip off.

If you need a quality electric knife at a very decent price, I suggest you consider the Hamilton Beach set and avoid Cuisinart's "gift" to the culinary world.
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144 of 155 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Camp on January 1, 2006
First of all, this knife is underpowered. It bogs down easily and the blades feel reluctant to slice into anything. But there is also a fatal design flaw. The internal mechanism of this knife uses a stainless steel worm gear to drive a nylon circular gear which in turn drives the blades. The second time I used the knife (on Thanksgiving) the blades siezed up on a piece of turkey bone. The nylon gear ceased turning because of that but the worm gear continued to spin. I took it apart to see why the knife blades no longer moved even though the motor whirred away. Result? The nylon gear is stripped and the knife is irreparably dead. It isn't that hard to design a mechanism with a safety cutout to separate the gears if one stops rotating (or alternatively, to build both gears out of stainless steel) and given the fact that this is by far the most expensive electric knife there is, Cuisinart certainly should have been able to do so. A knife that disintegrates as soon as it hits something tough is worthless junk. This one cost me $25 per cut.
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