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Jun 22, 2013 05:27 AM

Sam Farber, Creator of Oxo Utensils, Dies at 88

Obituary in New York Times - has some interesting history of Oxo. I have found Oxo equipment generally quite good.

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  1. As was the Copco line of enameled cast iron casseroles, his doing also.

    {Raising my glass to Sam Farber.}

    1. Hi, drongo:

      Thanks for the link. I like Oxo stuff, even though they have too much plastic. Every product I've handled was obviously exceedingly well-designed.

      I would rather remember Sam as the creator of Copco cookware. Or as the nephew of a true genius, Simon Farber, whose rotisserie is still turning in my kitchen.


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      1. re: kaleokahu

        there's something to be said, though, for a product that's not only exceedingly well-designed, but lasts longer than several models made of other materials.

        I still have the peeler that I bought nearly 20 years ago, and its still going this time I would have gone through a few dozen of those crappy metal ones (not least because I'd have gotten mad and thrown a few of them....)

        1. re: sunshine842

          Hi, sunshine:

          Oh, I'm sure the Oxo products are pretty durable, too. I consider that part of their excellent design.

          "Last longer", when it comes to peelers, is a muddled matter. I've never worn out a peeler that has sharpenable blades. And I can't remember breaking one, even the swivel-type. Then again, I don't have a 98 mph fastball. I hope your targets ducked. ;)


          1. re: kaleokahu

            no so much "worn out" as bent, rusted, etc.

            Those 69-cent metal ones don't cut worth a darn, either....and throw usually involves a downward motion over a trash can. The only kitchen tool I've ever actually thrown was a spiffy-looking acrylic pepper mill with a salt shaker in the top of got thrown out of an open sliding-glass door (I was alone, so no animate targets) when the lid fell off and dumped a full shaker of salt into an entire pot of chili.

            1. re: sunshine842

              I'm still searching for my lost shaker of salt.

              1. re: Veggo

                Have you checked the beach? Watch out for pop-tops.

              2. re: sunshine842

                That's not a throw, that's a spike. Next time, toss for distance.

                1. re: kaleokahu

                  the salt shaker remains a personal best.

        2. Sam has done much good to the kitchen tool culture. He may it a goal to design comfortable kitchen tools for users(most of the time) and that is a good thing.

            1. re: Antilope

              He build things to last, including himself. Piano Keys (88) is a pretty good life.

            2. I enjoyed the article. I like the OXO products almost always. They work well, handle easily and have a nice aesthetic.