Planning to splurge next month on fresh truffle and started looking for a truffle shaver. I don't expect to use it often -- unless I win the lottery -- but don't want to buy save a few bucks just to end up with something that chews up the truffle. Prices range from $11 to $45. Will appreciate recommendations.
I gotta say, I've had very little success buying fresh truffles. It's about 20% the fragrance and flavor of what you get in Europe or at a restaurant truffle event. Probably because the smell and flavor fades pretty quickly and who know how long that "fresh" truffle has been sitting there. And yes, this includes truffles from the mushroom guy at the Hollywood farmers market as well as the mushroom guy at the Ferry Building in SF and truffles from Bristol farms.
I would recomend skipping splurging on a "fresh" truffle and putting it towards something like Valentino's truffle dinner or better yet, Oliveto's truffle dinner in SF.
I use - and have given as gifts (to chef friends) - the olivewood handled truffle shaver designed by Ettore Sottsass. Sold by Alessi.