Trekkies, you already know about the Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Pizza Cutter, you most likely own one. But did you know that there’s a new limited edition of 1,701 24k gold Enterprise Pizza Cutters now available (priced at $99.99) at ThinkGeek.com?
It joins the exclusive collection of Star Trek merchandise created and sold by ThinkGeek that includes the Bat’leth Letter Opener, Inflatable Captain’s Chair for children and adults, and Electronic Door Chime.
The thing is, would a dedicated Trekkie, like my good self for example, use the sleek and pretty Pizza Cutter to do the job of cutting a pizza? Personally I would, once, just to try it, then a loving clean-up and straight into the display case.
Of course I can make a pretty good guess as to how the idea came about at ThinkGeek (as the name suggests they are Geeks that Think) One of the guys or dolls over at the GeekThinkTank was staring across his desk at his original enterprise model and the idea struck that the design of the spaceship lends itself perfectly to a ‘Pizza Cutter!’
I wonder if Star Trek art director Matt Jefferies, the man who designed the original Enterprise, was inspired by some long-forgotten ‘groovy’ sixties Pizza Cutter? There he was, sitting in the kitchen, frustrated with his lack of ideas for the spaceship design that Gene Roddenberry was breathing down his back for, his eyes resting on the half eaten pizza, still in its box, with the pizza cutter laying amidst the food carnage….. and, Viola!
I may have just annoyed some of you with that last paragraph. It is probably a matter of public record as to what inspired Matt Jefferies design of the original Enterprise. He has, in all likelihood talked at length and in minute detail of how his design came about – and I have just exposed my piece as an ill-researched bit of guff.
In my defence, I allowed myself a touch of artistic license, to boldly think where no man has thought before, I created an alternative full-circle reality where the idea for the USS Enterprise Pizza Cutter was inspired by the design of the original ship, which itself was inspired by an unknown begone pizza cutter. It could be true. Think about pizza cutters for a moment….. The main feature of the device is its full metal disc. Then we have a handle (that’s were pizza cutter designers can really let loose) leading away from the disc. You see.. it is pretty obvious, the original USS Enterprise was inspired by a pizza cutter!