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An egg slicer

An egg slicer is a food preparation utensil used to slice peeled, hard-boiled eggs quickly and evenly. An egg slicer consists of a slotted dish for holding the egg and a hinged plate of wires or blades that can be closed to slice.[1][2]

Sliced egg

It was invented at the beginning of the 20th century by the German Willy Abel (1875-1951) who also invented the bread cutter. The first egg slicers were produced in Berlin-Lichtenberg.[3]

Dutch comedic duo Van Kooten en de Bie created a mock documentary about a Dutch egg slicer factory in 1983.[4]

As a musical instrumentEdit

Some egg slicers that have thin wires can be played as string instruments. A recorded example is English experimental music group Coil's 'The Gimp (Sometimes)', where primary group member John Balance played an egg slicer solo, dubbing it a 'mini-harp', on both the studio version and later live performances.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Egg slicer," in Charles G. Sinclair, ed., The International Dictionary of Food and Cooking, p. 184. Peter Collin Pub., 1998. Google Book Search. Retrieved on December 11, 2009.
  2. ^ David Joachim, The Clever Cook's Kitchen Handbook: 5037 Ingenious Hints, Secrets, Shortcuts and Solutions, p. 161. Rodale Inc., 2002. Google Book Search. Retrieved on December 11, 2009.
  3. ^ "The Egg Slicer was a World-Wide Success (in German)". April 23, 1997. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Het officiële Koot&Bie-kanaal (2017-11-08), De Eiersnijder - Van Kooten en De Bie, retrieved 2017-11-15