The Quest for the Better Bagel Slicer

Plague of bagel-related injuries spawns new approach
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2009 11:43 AM CST

(Newser) – You probably thought the dangers of bagel cutting were conquered 15 years ago with the invention of the Bagel Guillotine, the self contained slicer that offers no chance of injury. Tut, tut, grasshopper. In fact, bagel-related injury—BRI—is still rampant, resulting in almost 2,000 trips to the ER last year, including people who own the gadget but can't be bothered to use it. Meet a duo out to build a better bagel cutter to end this “epidemiological scourge” for good.

The dad of the father-son team, a radiologist, sees his mission as saving “health care dollars” with a traditional bread knife encased in a protective plastic casing. It “lets you saw,” the son tells the Wall Street Journal, which is what a bagel-slicer really wants to do, hence will save fingers. “This thing is going to let you cut towards your hand,” scoffs the incredulous inventor of the Guillotine. “This is designed by a doctor?”

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