We’re going to take a look at one of each….
Chef’n® Serrated Palm Peeler
Okay, I really wanted to hate this thing.
I’m a dyed in the wool true fan of the “T” style peelers. They’re weighted properly, they’ve got a good blade, you have super control when peeling, and it can stack in nicely with all your other zesters, peelers and the like that you keep in your trusty gadget drawer.
The Serrated Palm Peeler – is what you’d expect. it’s a curved, plastic deal with a fairly comfortable finger holder. The ergonomic design allows you to cradle the peeler in the upper palm – putting the cutting blade at a great angle for potatoes, beets, and other rounded vegetation. The serrated blade is decent quality and does not snag on the goods, and the plastic construction makes for easy cleanup – just drop it in the dishwasher.
On the down side – it is a bit ungainly for peeling anything long – like carrots. The hand shield / base part of the peeler is on the large side and doesn’t make it very easy to see what you are doing in those long stroke movements.
All in all, I’d give it an 8 out of 10, and for around $6 it would make a pretty good stocking stuffer.
MCS Strawberry Slicer®
Yeah... just a bad idea all around. Intended to produce perfectly sliced strawberries.
“Create professional garnishes!”
Don’t fool yourself – it’s an egg slicer.
Better yet… spend the buck and a half on an egg slicer, and save yourself the $8.00 you would spend for the obnoxiously strawberry shaped disaster.
I actually like ceramic knives. The edge is wicked sharp. The general maintenance on the blade is relatively low. And – figuratively speaking – the money you spend on a ‘good’ quality ceramic knife is no more outrageous that you would spend on a good Wusthof Trident or Henckel………
But we aren’t talking about that type of knife.
Granted, the Yoshi Blade is not a Kerocera knife, nor will it ever be. Both are ceramics, but that is where the similarity ends.
Kerocera’s are razor smooth, precision cutting instruments. The knife is extremely well balanced and the handle has a comfortable grip with a pleasing heft. Price-wise, a basic Kerocera knife set (pairing and an 8″ chef knife) will run you about $70.
The Yoshi Blade’s edge is a tad rough and it does tug a little when pulling through vegetables. And then there is the handle – it’s plastic with a kind of one-size-fits-all mentality to the grip. It really isn’t the best feel for a knife.
but… it’s only $20… and it comes with a ceramic “T” vegetable peeler… and if you act NOW we’ll throw in a 2nd blade and peeler absolutely FREE!……just pay separate shipping and handling…..
The schlocky ad campaign aside – for $19 and change, it’s a damned good deal. And.. when all is said and done…. if it breaks in a year after constant use, then you really have gotten your money’s worth out of it.