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Anyone have an opinion on what the King of All Potato peelers might be?

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jhamiltonwa Nov 12, 2011 09:45 PM

Peeled a zucchini to day to go into a vegie pasta sauce and the peeler I use is good; it idid the job, several years old and still sharp, and had a reasonably ergonomic handle even for a left hander like me, but it did get me wondering:

Is there a holy grail of vegetable peelers out there?

Any nominations gladly accepted.

cheers

James, Western Australia

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    breadchick Nov 16, 2011 08:11 PM

    My husband. Thank God.

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      sunshine842 Nov 16, 2011 10:24 PM

      Now THAT is the best answer!

    2. Candy Nov 16, 2011 12:48 PM

      Kuhn Rikon's little Y shaped peeler. The blade is carbon steel and super sharp. $3.99. You can have a handful.

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        ratgirlagogo Nov 16, 2011 11:24 AM

        http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2009/0...

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          ratgirlagogo Nov 16, 2011 11:35 AM

          Well, humph. I posted the link wrong and now the site isn't letting me edit or erase my own post. So I'll just write w/o linking that we bought all of ours from Joe Ades who used to sell them on the street in NYC and had an AMAZING old-fashioned sales pitch. I believe his were Swissmar - they're metal and made in Switzerland. Do a search on Serious Eats.

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            The Chowhound Team Nov 16, 2011 12:25 PM

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              ratgirlagogo Nov 16, 2011 02:40 PM

              Thanks.

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              Miss Priss Nov 16, 2011 07:45 PM

              I bought several peelers from Joe Ades too, just for the pleasure of supporting his art. But I've never been comfortable with Y-peelers, and these didn't convert me. For actual peeling, I go to the OXO Good Grips every time.

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            bbqJohn Nov 13, 2011 05:26 PM

            Kuhn Rikon original Y peeler hands down. Working in a large kitchen I sometimes prep more in a day than most folks do in a year. The Kuhn Rikon is the real deal and only about $5 or 3 for $10.

            http://www.amazon.com/Kuhn-Rikon-Orig...

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              overthinkit Nov 13, 2011 05:30 PM

              ditto! Love those little things! All the cooks in my family are getting one in their stockings.

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                TeRReT Nov 13, 2011 08:43 PM

                swissmar is more readily available here, but kuhn rikon would easily be equal in my books, I have used both and own both but forgot the kuhn rikon name :P

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                  serah Nov 14, 2011 04:01 AM

                  +1 on the Kuhn Rikon. My mum packed me off to college with one and I've gone through more than one trash can to rescue it when it's accidently been thrown out. I love it way too much for a kitchen implement.

                  I bought one of the kyocera ones but I just can't get on with it -t he swivel head swivels too much for me to get a grip on anything.

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                    petek Nov 14, 2011 06:07 AM

                    Another vote for the Kuhn Rikon.At work it goes through everything(hard squash,potatoes etc)like butta...

            2. Chemicalkinetics Nov 13, 2011 03:14 PM

              I have a Y-peeler (also known as T-peeler) as well. Ok, I have both a Y-peeler and a straight peeler. I got my Y-peeler because I was reviewing the product. Personally, I grew up with a straight peeler. Ultimately, the "King of All Potato peelers" will depend on your style.

              1. sunshine842 Nov 13, 2011 06:51 AM

                I don't care for Y-peelers, so I have the Oxo Good Grips peeler:

                http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Good-Grips-...

                I've had it for years -- it's easy to use, even with wet hands and stays sharp forever.

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                  splatgirl Nov 13, 2011 08:36 AM

                  +1 for THAT exact OXO. I also have another OXO that is just a bit different and while it's good, I don't like it as much as the one you linked.

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                    CanadaGirl Nov 13, 2011 05:36 PM

                    That is my favourite too. I also have a serrated Kuhn Rikkon that I like

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                    jmcarthur8 Nov 16, 2011 11:59 AM

                    Another vote for the Oxo peeler. That's what I've used for years and years.
                    I can't figure out how to use the Y peelers. Maybe it's because I'm left handed....

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                      sunshine842 Nov 16, 2011 12:09 PM

                      I'm severely right-handed, and I could never quite get the hang of a y-peeler either....don't feel bad.

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                        jmcarthur8 Nov 16, 2011 12:33 PM

                        ;-)

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                          Chemicalkinetics Nov 16, 2011 08:19 PM

                          It is weird. I have been a straighter peeler user for most of my life. So when I was given the opportunity to use a Y-peeler, it was very strange, and it took me months before I get the hang of it.

                    2. TeRReT Nov 12, 2011 10:25 PM

                      Without a doubt, swissmar peeler. Industry standard. Doesn't get any better for an inexpensive reliable peeler.

                      http://tinyurl.com/7mxozj6

                      Just a note, when they say scalpel sharp they mean it :P I was in the weeds at work a week ago and peeling a sweet potato recklessly fast and peeled through my thumbnail and the tip of my thumb off, not a pleasant feeling to say the least. Don't let that deter you from this peeler, however, that was user error :P

                       
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                        tim irvine Nov 13, 2011 06:48 AM

                        Absolutely. I love the shorter, wider handle and find it way more user friendly than the shape of the Kyocera handle.

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                          andrewtree Nov 13, 2011 10:28 AM

                          Another voice for Swissmar, I've used their original stainless version for many, many years, the single most realiable and effective kitchen tool I own.

                          http://www.swisscatalogue.com/swissma...

                        2. tanuki soup Nov 12, 2011 10:00 PM

                          Don't know if it's the "king", but I really like my Kyocera ceramic vegetable peeler. Stays sharp forever, never get rusty or nasty, easy (and safe) to use, cheap. Also, it's symmetrical, so works just as well for lefties. (BTW, the little loops on the side are for removing the eyes of potatoes. They work great.)

                           
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