Over Christmas, my mother-in-law started to cut up some meat and was using the appliance above. It’s a Moulinex Electric Carving Knife which my mother also used when I was a child.
It turns out that my mother-in-law uses it all of the time and has done since the 1970s. She still has the blade cover and has never had to change the blades.
I mentioned it to my mother the next day and she still uses hers, and has never changed the blade. She uses the same one that I remember from when I was very young and it still works perfectly.
So, I mentioned it at work and three people said they still use one from decades ago. It appears that this thing is impossible to break, has reliability like no other electric product and is capable of bringing back memories while still serving a useful purpose today, 40 years later!
It’s remarkable to think that any product bought today would be in use in 2056. Just imagine that for a moment, a phone, TV, torch anything. It is incredibly unlikely to happen, but here we have the Moulinex Electric Carving Knife working perfectly in households all over the UK.
And then there is the microwave oven that my mother-in-law still uses that she has owned since the early 1980’s. It does everything she wants and have never broken down.
Admittedly these are white goods and not subject to fashion or quick change, but it feels as if there is a limited lifespan with everything we buy today compared to the sheer effort that went in to products from the past.