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March 2001

Cutting edge

By Tui Mathews

Tui demonstrating the Quikkut knife. - 13491 Bytes

Hi, My name is Tui

I had a stroke 7 years ago when I was 37. This was a congenital condition. I was not a smoker or a drinker nor did I have high blood pressure. The stroke (AVM-Arterial Venal Malformation) left me with several disabilities. Amongst other things, I was left with one hand to work with, my left hand. I was right-handed originally.

Being a mother of two young children I struggled to cope with the day-to-day running of a family. For many years I had difficulty doing anything with my one hand, especially, food preparation. I spent a fortune on one-handed knives. I looked everywhere, including the Internet, for a one-handed knife that could do the job efficiently. Finally, after not finding any knife that lived up its promise, I decided to design my own.

Quikkut knife in action, chopping parsley. - 13426 Bytes

Getting started

I knew the old concept of a rocking style knife worked well. Though, I needed something with a handle in the middle and something weightier, to give myself the necessary control and power. I tried many versions and had some made up using local knife-makers. Only one had the right shape and weight.

At the time, I was studying graphics pre-press at the Industry-I Training Centre. My tutor, Russell Thom and a friend, Roy Stone, who used to be a chef, gave me some advice regarding a safer and more comfortable handle for the knife. Russell also helped me with drawing and making the model for the phototype. After much research, I found a manufacturer in Taiwan who was willing to make it. I might also add that there was no knife manufacturer in Australia who would make my knife because of its strange shape.

We called the knife 'Quikkut'

It's a special knife with a unique handle in the middle, which allows one handed use, left or right, to do the cutting without help. It's very sharp and sturdy. It's made from one of the best metals that craft knife-makers often use, stainless steel 440A. The most important thing is that it really works. The Quikkut knife is also good for people who havenít much strength in their hands.

My purpose in designing the knife was:

Since the Quikkut knife was launched into the market last year, users have found the knife to be an excellent tool for cutting, slicing and chopping. I use the Quikkut knife not only for preparing normal meals, but also for cutting fruit, such as, avocadoes, mangoes, melons and pineapples. Now I am totally independent in the kitchen. I hope many one-handed people will benefit from the knife. Please visit my web site at www.one-handed-knife.com if you would like to find out more.

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