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The best butter knife ever and 9 other brilliant redesigns - The Washington Post

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Keep your butter in the fridge, but buy this knife to slather your flap jacks!

The knife that makes butter more buttery is brilliant!

Butter knives can be distinguished from other cutlery by their safer dull-edge and rounded tip, which prevents tearing the bread as the butter is being spread. Ironically, though, they can’t help you when it comes to those cold, tough bricks of butter that tend to rough up the bread in the process. You used to have to wait for it to soften to room temperature.

A team of Aussies recently took a stab at solving the problem and after poking a few holes in the original concept – 21 of them, in fact — arrived at what may well be the ultimate solution. In the GIF above, you can see how running the perforated side of the knife along the stick’s surface creates a grating effect that carves out smooth slivers that can be coated onto food easily.

A Kickstarter campaign for the potentially revolutionary utensils has raised more than $200,000 (Australian dollars), far eclipsing the group’s fund-raising goal of $38,000. (And preorders are still being taken for around $15.) It’s expected to ship in March 2015.

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