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A cut above the rest

The electric knife Hammacher Schlemmer crowned "the best" could be a good addition to your holiday gift list.

Any way you slice it, it's a great knife. Hammacher Schlemmer

Seasoned chefs agree than an electric knife is a must-have utensil if you do a lot of carving. And if you're going to get an electric knife, you may as well get the best, right? Hammacher Schlemmer thinks so, which is why they've labeled the Cuisinart CEK-40 "The Best Electric Knife."

This knife comes with two blades, one for carving and one for bread. Both blades are serrated with points that grip the food as they cut. With the knife, you can carve your holiday turkey into paper-thin slices, or slice up your bread for sandwiches--these blades can handle whatever you put under them.

According to Hammacher Schlemmer, this knife outranked everything else tested. It cuts easily and neatly--a must, if you care about your presentation. (You care about your presentation. Trust me.) It's also lighter than other knives, and the ergonomic handle fits nicely in your hand.

Store the dishwasher-safe blades in the included wooden storage block. The knife is $50 at Hammacher Schlemmer. You might find it cheaper elsewhere--but then you'd be missing out on the famous Lifetime Guarantee.