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  1. I have to sing the praises of the Unicorn Magnum .

    Best pepper mill I've ever used. Not crazy about the Darth Vader look but it works very well.

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    1. re: scubadoo97

      2nd...We've had ours for years (the salt grinder, too) and scuba is right: best ever!

      1. re: fauchon

        3nd, have had mine for about three years and love it. The best and only one that I would ever buy!

        1. re: Mother of four

          I too am a HUGE fan of the Unicorn Magnum...I have 3 (two pepper mills and one sald mill)...they are GREAT...lots of output, easy to load, hold a lot of pepper/salt and very easy to won't regret getting one of these!

          1. re: Mother of four

            4th! I have two of these and love them.

          1. re: scubadoo97

            Which model of unicorn magnum do you like best? I need a salt and pepper. The bottom fell out of my Oxo for the last time!

            1. re: wincountrygirl

              Out of curiosoty, how old was your Oxo? We have one that has a button on the side of the grinder mechanism. If you push the button, the top comes off for refilling. The problem is, sometimes it comes apart when grinding. We relegated ours to grinding cumin. I figured that since we don't grind cumin all that often, statistically anyway, the chances of the thing coming apart while using it are a great deal smaller.

              1. re: John E.

                That is the wonder of Magnum mills—your never ever hear of any problems with them as you do with OXO or most other grinders...!

                I know they aren't real lookers folks, but they work so well and for so long...!

                1. re: toddster63

                  The only problem with the grinder coming apart I have had is with an older Oxo. I have many peppermills, but none of them are Magnum. The only one I paid retail for was the German one from Penzey's that was purchased years ago. My favorite peppermill is a Vic Firth. The grinding mechanism has a design so it never slips, 'set it and forget it' as it were. The Williams Bounds peppermills are good as well. We use a $6 Ikea spice grinder at the stove.

                  1. re: John E.

                    I like the Vic Firth too... Now, if they only made a model that held even 1/4 cup of corns, that would be so much better! Too much refilling for us, though I do like the nonslip mechanism (but I have heard of them failing)...

                    1. re: toddster63

                      We keep the Vic Firth on the table and it doesn't need refilling too often. The Ikea by the stove (We also have a Kuhn Rikon spice grinder with a large capacity) holds a lot of peppercorns and the bulk of the seasoning is done while cooking. I like pepper and I like the peppermills so I have gad to restrain myself from adding too much pepper.

                      1. re: John E.

                        I love my VF, but have the same complaint about refilling. It's a love/hate equation, though, because the speed with which it grinds a good quantity for cooking makes it great for that, but also requires it to be refilled incredibly often if you cook a lot and love fresh ground pepper.

                        I wish it held more, too.

                2. re: John E.

                  I've had several - none with the button. This one is about a year old. This morning - just after I swept the floor and cleaned the counter top, the bottom fell out of the salt grinder. I'm done!

                3. re: wincountrygirl

                  I use and like the big tall "Darth Vader" Magnum (9"?). It holds more peppercorns, and I am still filling it up every 4 weeks (and it costs over $6 to fill it up at a time!) We like our pepper around here! However I don't like that the taller model does NOT come with a tray/lower cap like the shorter model does, but I bought a cheap ceramic ramekin at the kitchen store that works great for capturing loose pepper, or when I need to grind a lot for measuring for a recipe.

                  If you need a grinder for salt too, one of the white ones is perfect. I don't grind salt as Diamond Kosher is just perfect for me in my bamboo salt box (and I tried freshly ground sea salt, and found no greater taste difference from pre-ground salt—quite the opposite of pepper...!)

                4. I have an oneida Xuper-mill That I am very excited about, it's mill partis made of industrial ceramic, the same they make knives out of. IT grinds so will and I bought it really cheap at a discount place. I am espcially impressed with how well it does fine grinds.

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                  1. re: Quine

                    Hey! I have one that I use to grind Allspice. I love it and want more of them. Do you know of a source? The Kitchen Collection store where I bought it doesn't carry it now. I have looked online with no result. Please let me know?

                    1. re: Ray_704

                      I so totally love mine as well. I bought it as a cheapo!!!! Find. i would buy extras!!!!! One for pepper one for salt and one for spices..OK 2 or more for spices. This is an awesome grinder!

                      1. re: Ray_704

                        Are you looking for Magnum peppermills? Try if so...


                    2. the wife and I recently got a Unicorn as well...we're big fans!

                      1. Penzeys previously sold Zassenhaus pepper mills in their catalog.

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                        1. re: Kelli2006

                          I've heard good things about Zassenhaus coffee grinders, and bad things about their pepper grinders

                          that's anecdotal information, for what it's worth

                          1. re: joshlane4

                            I use a Zassenhaus Turkish style hand mill for pepper. It's great, but costs around $70 (I bought mine for grinding coffee but later bought an electric grinder because I got tired of cranking for 3 minutes to make two cups of coffee). Normally I wouldn't go to the expense myself, but if you want to make an impression at the table and get an excellent grind, it's the top of the line.

                            I also have an old Peugot. It's been sitting in a drawer for several years. Poor control of grind, very inefficient (too much cranking for too little result).

                            1. re: joshlane4

                              <<that's anecdotal information, for what it's worth>>

                              I'll pass it on.

                          2. Do yourself a favor; get a Unicorn.