Working with a Pivot Knife
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NARRATOR 1: Two women at a kitchen counter.
NARRATOR 2: One of the most feared kitchen activities for those with low vision is using a knife, but a simple device like this one can make cutting so much easier. On this adaptive device, a chef’s knife is attached to the cutting board by a pivot. The pivot means the knife never leaves the board while you cut. That provides a significant measure of control. Here’s how it works.
TEACHER: What we’re going to do today is to chop a cucumber. Let’s just go ahead and get in position and place the cucumber flush up against the knife. And what I particularly want you to be aware of is where the knife is in relationship to your finger and to the cucumber. So we’re going to use the cucumber and your finger as the guide, and as we chop, putting the blade on top of the cucumber, I want you to gently slide your finger back after each slice. Now, let’s just make a slice.
NARRATOR 1: She slices the cucumber.
TEACHER: Okay. Now, let’s back up, put your finger over towards the edge of the knife and gently bring the knife on top. Good. Slice down. You see how your finger is guiding you for the slices–the thickness as well as safety. It’s probably not exactly how you were used to doing it, but this is for safety, okay? Finger on top–perfect. Perfect, Mary. Okay, let’s do it again on your own. I’m not going to talk this time.
NARRATOR 1: Mary cuts two more slices of cucumber.