A knife used to cut slices of cooked or smoked meat, poultry and fish. The blade on a Slicing knife is long (typically 8 to 12 inches in length), thin, and constructed with either a round or pointed tip. Depending on the manufacturer, the blade may be flexible or rigid, depending on the texture of the food being sliced. Flexible blades are made for firmer fleshed items, such as dry sausages or prosciutto, while rigid blades are made for fleshed items with a more moist texture, such as baked hams.
Knives used for carving and slicing as well, may be made as electric knives that use two blades to accomplish various cutting tasks. The electric knife contains two very sharp, thin blades that move independently in a back and forth motion to slice or carve through many different types of meats. Most often the best choice when there are a variety of textures being sliced, electric knives are versatile at cutting soft vegetables such as tomatoes as well as a variety of meats from fish to beef.