I have been looking for an easier way to slice ribs and brisket. After spending some time reading reviews, I decided to buy the Mr. Twister Electric Fisherman. I went with it because it was $30 less expensive than a Cuisinart that was my second choice. I purchased mine from Wal-Mart for $19.99 (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mister-Twister-Electric-Fisherman-Filet-Knife/16563509).
Prior to the first time I used this product, I literally had never held an electric knife. It took about 5 seconds to look at the instructions and figure out it was super easy to use. Slide the blades in, make sure they lock, turn off the red safety button, and you are ready to slice. My first attempt at using the Electric Fisherman was for a rack of baby back ribs. I experimented slicing the ribs two different ways. I was hoping that the electric knife would allow me to slice very hot meat. At competitions I try to let the meat "rest" but on any given day you may need every available minute of cook time. I pulled the rack of ribs from the smoker and immediately sliced half the rack. The cuts were PERFECT. I had never used this or any electric knife, and you could not tell I had even sliced the ribs because the cut was so clean...and these ribs were hot. No tearing, no jagged edges, nothing. I waited about 30 minutes for the rack to cook down and sliced the other half, again they sliced perfectly.
My second attempt at using the Mr. Fisherman was for brisket. I did not not slice the brisket immediately taking it off the cooker (I think the knife would have sliced it up fine, but the brisket was so pretty I didn't want to run the risk of messing up any of the slices). When I did begin slicing the brisket, I was amazed. I honestly don't know why you would slice a brisket any other way.
The only thing that could be improved with the Electric Fisherman is the cord length. I am sure this is some sort of safety feature, but it would be very hard to use this anywhere without a small extension cord. Luckily at BBQ competitions I have plenty of those so it is not a big deal.
I can't yet attest to the durability of this product, but it seems to be made very well. I also can't attest to how it functions for its intended purpose, but I have been told by some fisherman friends that it does a great job. If I end up needing to add a second electric knife, I plan to try out the even more powerful Piranha model by Mr. Twister.
I am going to start using the following scoring system for my product reviews, modeled after the KCBS scoring system. Keep in mind 9 (not 10) is a perfect rating in each category. The categories are cost, usefulness, and performance compared to competitor's products.
9, 8, 9