Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010

Ginsu Knife

In 1978, Americans became fascinated with the idea that a single knife could slice through food as strong as a wooden two-by-four. Who was eating said food, we're not sure. But that's where the Ginsu knife, a cutting contraption that "will last forever," came in. Ginsu Products Inc. put together an inflation-friendly package — the Ginsu knife, matching carving fork, personal six-in-one kitchen tool, six steak knives and a precision spiral slicer — all for a low Carter-era price of $9.95 plus shipping. Then the company went even further with a 50-year warranty from the sale date. Unsatisfied customers can still send back their Ginsu for a replacement or refund to "Ginsu Products, Inc.: 59 West Shore Rd., Warwick, RI 02889." But don't expect much in return. Egomania Salonspa Inc. has since taken over that office space. By the sound of that company name, their products have no chance at cutting through a tin can.