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Nylon Rolling Pin?

Does anybody know why the nylon rolling pin made by Matfer is usually so expensive? ($80?!?) And does anybody here use one and prefer it over wood? If so, why?

I actually already bought one, because I was able to get it at the $29.95 price mentioned in "Fresh Out of the Oven: Nouveau baking supplies" By Louisa Chu http://www.chow.com/stories/10369 so I figured I'd try it out and see for myself. But it hasn't arrived yet, and I'd like to hear others opinions on this. I currently use a straight wood pin with no handles, as well as a tapered pin, and I really like both of them.

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  1. It is pretty widely available for that price. I have used one similar but I always go back to my Banton pin. Solid maple and ball bearing loaded. Rolls smoothly with little effort. It is quite heavy

    1. Hey flourgirl - I really hope you like the pin as much as Dorie and I do! I think the original sticker shock price had a lot to do with supply and demand - plus they're imported from France. Now that the word's been out, the price has dropped to a more competitive level. And I'm guessing that they know once they've sold you one of these, you're not going to be in the market again for a while (unless you're an obsessive pin collector ;). I only use handle-less rolling pins too - I find that I can feel the subtle changes in the thickness of my dough far better. And a few of the things I really love about this pin are that its smooth surface is stick-resistant - so you're not constantly having to stop and flour it - which I'm sure you know then just adds flour to the dough; its weight works with you, especially on elastic doughs - it's amazing beating out butter or brioche dough; plus it's scrub and dishwasher safe. While I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for the wood pins I trained with in France, if I can get a pin with the same performance without the maintenance then I'm sold.

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      1. re: Louisa Chu

        Thank you Louisa! You've already made me glad that I bought it!

        1. re: Louisa Chu

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          Louisa Chu Wrote: ""(unless you're an obsessive pin collector ;)""

          LOL, I guess that leaves me out ;-)

          Anyway, nothing will beat my 24 inch $3 piece of pvc pipe that could double as an attitude adjuster or a clue bat for any kitchen table - back seat commentators. ;-)

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        2. Isn't nylon for candymaking/fondant, which sticks to pretty much everything else in existence? Or is that polycarbonate? Apart from that, the only reason I can think of for nylon is that it should be sterilizable, but certainly in the home, who cares about that? As for what I use, I have a kind of scary collection of the things - from tiny Indian and Asian ones up to a rather threatening maplewood "bat", either American or French. For general purpose use, a 1.5" or so lightweight, tight-grained wood like ash or birch, with tapered ends, would be my first choice. I never liked the American (and I assume British) sort with handles - I never feel like I have enough control with them.

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          1. re: MikeG

            Yes, I never liked the ones with the handles and ball bearings either. For me it feels like there is too much of a disconnect between the roller, and the dough.

            I'm not an obsessive pin collector - I only have the two i mentioned earlier on this thread. But this nylon one sounds intriguing for the non-stick factor. (I have just started dabbling in candymaking/fondant too so this pin could be useful for that too.) But I like the idea that using this pin will reduce the amount of flour that ends up in stuff like cookie and pastry dough.

            1. re: flourgirl

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              Flourgirl, I am with you on the handle thing, but also I see handles becoming a storage issue when they cannot be hanged up. (And poo on those wall racks that some marble or glass ones come with)

              My inexpensive $3 piece of PVC stores very well with a simple "T - rope" and is naturally "stick resistant". (the rope thing is a simple wooden dowel that a loop of rope is fed through a center hole)

              BTW- Speaking of "stick resistant" materials... My friend is an Industrial Engineer that has a 2 foot section, 2-1/2 inch diameter, of solid Teflon Rod material that I think is about the tops in stick resistant. Fortunately it was considered scrap material at around $150 a foot.

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              1. re: RShea78

                I love the PVC, mine is an ancient pin no handles from my grandma. Still is great. Not problems and I use it when necessary. I don't bake as much as son, but it works great. And from stories which she told me. It was made by a local wood worker. Not sure if that is true, it looks like it could be

          2. I've got a nylon rolling pin and it does just fine. I also have one that was my great grandmothers made around 1895 and it's made of glass. It's works well too.

            1. i'm sorry to bring up an old thread but does anyone know where i can purchase this item today for less than $80?? cutlery and more no longer carries this item.

              i'll be in paris this fall, do you think i can get it for less than $80 there?

              thanks!

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              1. re: lilaki

                I remember seeing fairly big nylon pins at Michael's that were even less than what I paid for mine. They stock them for use as a fondant roller. I can't swear that they still carry them, but it would be worth a try.

                1. re: lilaki

                  amazon now has it on sale for only $93.44, down from a regular $131.23. I guess the price hasn't come down in the past year.

                    1. re: flourgirl

                      anyone know if it would be significantly cheaper in paris??

                      1. re: lilaki

                        Can't help you withe the Paris question but creative cookware has it for $67 including shipping.

                        http://www.creativecookware.com/rolli...