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Oct 3, 2008 11:54 PM

Left handed peeler that works?

My nephew has asked for a left handed peeler that works. For years he has bought and thrown away peelers. Does anyone know a brand, in the USA, that works.? And where can I buy it?


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  1. Kyocera ceramic Perfect Peeler.

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    1. As a lefty who has tried many peelers, I prefer the Y-shaped ones.

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      1. re: mnosyne

        Me too!!! All my other cooking friends thought it was hilarious that I just couldn't use the other kind! Argh!

      2. Is this serious? I've been cooking for 40 years, and have never heard of, or owned, a right-handed peeler. My current new Oxo, and every other peeler I've had, is symmetrical.

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        1. re: mpalmer6c

          That's kinda what I was thinking. We have a couple of the Oxos, and I had/lost a yoke-type Kyocera. Both worked fine in my left hand.

          1. re: ted

            I'll third this. I'm left-handed, I use a straight peeler and I have no trouble with it. Unfortunately I don't know what brand it is. It's just some peeler I picked up at a discount store somewhere (and it's the best peeler I ever owned.)

          2. re: mpalmer6c

            Trust me this is serious. My nephew has complained for years about peelers. I think the blade is reversed for right hander and so is dull for him. I just want a small gift when he visits.

            I have seen left and right handed peelers in stores. Just not sure what works. I may buy him several.

          3. I use a right handed peeler, but hold it upside down and turn the vegetable counter-clockwise instead of clockwise. Maybe your nephew could try that. Or use a left handed screwdriver to skewer the veggie, then spin it against a right handed peeler rotated 90 degrees.

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            1. re: Zeldog

              Ditto, I am an upside down peeler as well.

              1. re: mcel215

                Are you an upside-down writer as well?

                1. re: mnosyne

                  ¿ʇɐɥʇ ɥʇıʍ ɯǝןqoɹd ɐ ʇoƃ noʎ

                  1. re: mnosyne

                    Well if you are left handed, you will understand when I say I write "vertically."

              2. One time I saw a right-hand-only peeler in an antique store. But other than that I don't think I've ever used one that wasn't ambidextrous. If anything, using a peeler in the left hand works better than the right because the right-hand side of the blade is likely to already have been used and dulled by a right-handed person.

                Current peeler of choice: OXO.

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                1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                  I use an OXO and it works both ways. When I'm peeling potatoes for example, to ensure even wear for the blades, I'll do 1 drawing the peeler towards me, and the next pushing it away from me.

                  As the grip is symmetrical, makes no difference which hand it is held in. And I do like the tip with the eye-remover.