Cereal and toast are to a large degree is a mainstay of any breakfast of the western hemisphere. Cereal is as simple as pouring milk and inserting a spoon. Toast on the other hands is a more extensive affair, requiring that you actually cook something. And generally speaking, butter is the basis for any piece of yummy toast. However, if you’re butter is direct from the fridge, and not of the “spreadable” ilk, you’ll end up with more toast on your knife (or counter) than in your mouth since the butter will shift around like a hockey puck on tarmac.
Enter Warburtons heated knife. It runs of two AA batteries and with the push of a button the blade reaches a temperature of 41.8 C (107.24 F), which is supposedly the optimum temperature for spreading butter. Embedded into the handle, aside from a battery compartment, is an LED indicator status light to tell you when it’s ready to work, while the relatively dull blade has been infused with a heating element. Once activated and turned on, Warburtons says fridge solid butter can be spread in as little as 30 seconds. Unfortunately, they haven’t said when it will be available for purchase or how much.
In case you were wondering, Warburtons invented the heated butter knife after extensive research indicated that it was one of the most desired breakfast innovations – yeah right. That said, a poll of 3,000 people showed that 1% (all men) resorted to using a hair dryer to accomplish this feat, while 28% put the butter in the microwave, 8% put it on a plate on top of the toaster, and 7% place the knife in a flame or on a hot surface.