An egg slicer
Use of 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 instrument

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 also


  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. Archived from the original on June 27, 2015. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Het officiële Koot&Bie-kanaal (2017-11-08), De Eiersnijder - Van Kooten en De Bie, archived from the original on 2021-12-12, retrieved 2017-11-15