Picked up for Testing (and eventual destruction): Ming Tsai’s “Aero Knife”


For the sheer amusement of it, I blew $10 on the Ming Tsai AeroKnife. Let’s have some fun with it.

I was in my local drugstore when I happened by the “As Seen on TV” section. I then noticed the Ming Tsai AeroKnife there on the shelf with a whopping $9.99 price tag. While I tend to stay away from infomercial-type products, I couldn’t help but plop down the cash for this one – in the name of science of course.

I intend to recreate all of the demonstrations shown in the commercial. I will be far from the first to do so,  there are a half-dozen folks who have done similar things already. However, after a couple of weeks of kitchen testing, it will be time to really have some fun. I plan on starting with the TTAK Testing Protocol, and ramping it up from there.

Eventually, I do intend to find this knife’s failure point. I am sure that I could come up with something that will destroy the knife in a matter of minutes, but I would like to play with it a while. So batoning will be towards to the end of testing for obvious reasons. (what makes it “Aero”, the skeletalizing of the blade, is certain to decrease the knife’s impact resistance).

The knife seems on first impression to not be a complete piece of junk. The scales are probably toxic plastic, and the blade is mystery metal, but it has a full tang, and the knife will cut my finger if I were to try. So it has that going for it.

Feel free to send me your testing ideas in the comments. This could be a lot of fun. And I suppose if you have had a positive experience with a TV product, let is know as well. I have heard good things about the flex hose, and I think that the magnetic screen doors (Magic Mesh?) look like they could be useful when I am in the workshop at night with the doors open. But someone else can take one for the team on those.


  1. GC says:

    It’d be interesting to see if it can filet fish. Also, if your boiled potato doesn’t sparkle after being cut I’m calling b.s. on your tests.

  2. Roger says:

    I’ve been toying with something for a while. You know those dolls all the boys play with? Action Figures. Like Catman, Bobin, the Jacker, Harlequin, and Foxwoman? Those G.I. James’, the Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles, Berbies, etc.

    Decapitate them.

    Why? Well, there’s a varied hardness in the plastic. Some of these dolls have heads that just pop while others take multiple well aimed tries and the rest have heads just slightly harder than butter. You’re hitting a fairly small target, don’t sit there and just saw the head off. Actually vice it upright and swing individually. It’s damn satisfying to see a doll’s head tossed off too.

  3. Tom says:

    Ken Jeong is everywhere nowadays.

  4. Tom in Oregon says:

    Slice a tomato without holding it. Does the tomato crush?

    BTW, the magic mesh screen blows for French doors.
    The flex hose lasted about a week before it started leaking.
    The flexible cutting board works pretty neat. So goes the grilling mat.

  5. chuck k says:

    I bought a ginsu knife years ago and it is actually a pretty good kitchen knife.

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Picked up for Testing (and eventual destruction): Ming Tsai’s “Aero Knife”

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