For those who keep butter in the refrigerator, the morning ritual of the spread can be challenging. Some elect to soften the butter in the microwave; others, according to research, use a hair dryer. The betterment of humankind often relies on intensive research, and clearly this is true in the case of the Toastie Knife.
Warburtons, a U.K. bakery chain, has given the world the heated butter knife. The battery-operated utensil solves the morning conundrum of how to introduce butter to bread, muffins, or pastries. Described as being able to achieve the "perfect temperature for spreading," the knife reaches 41.8 degrees Celsius (that would be 107.24 degrees Fahrenheit) in less than 30 seconds.
Someday, the non-battery-operated butter knife may be seen as a historical oddity. Until that time, those of us on this side of the pond will just have to continue the epic morning struggle between man and toast. At least until the research commences on self-buttering toast.