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A well-designed tool for the serious pizza lover!
on February 12, 2007
I've gone through three cutters and borrowed another one to try out in the last few months. The Zyliss palm-held model is ingeniously designed and so-so to use, but not really intuitive enough to use readily or well (and I've been a professional hand tool user in a variety of trades for the past 40 years). I tried out the KitchenAid model with the smaller blade and it was nice and heavy but unimpressive in use. I suppose the KitchenAid 4" model might have worked well, but it has some negative features I discovered during my research. The hanging hole is set perpendicular to the blade - not a good idea for hanging against a wall. The handle is metal and plastic and smooth (not conducive to maximum grip friction) and not shaped well for good torque control. The pistol grip is nice, but doesn't really add to the control of the operator. Lastly, the axle is a bolt and nut and apparently isn't completely stainless and eventually needs tightening because the locknut nylon is affected by machine-washing temps.
I'm not surprised Mario Batali's stainless 4" pizza cutter was put out by Copco - I've had a coated, cast iron frying pan by Copco since the early 1970's and it's in exactly the same condition as when purchased - solid, beautiful, functional and a joy to use and own. This pizza cutter has the same attributes. It's really well designed ergonomically, esthetically and functionally. The axle is permanently riveted (no bolt and nut to eventually go loose or rust after machine washing) with what appears to be a single-piece axle/rivet, surrounded on either side with what appears to be neoprene washers. The wheel is riveted precisely enough that there is no slop whatsoever, yet the wheel rotates perfectly during use with no discernable friction. The oval handle, covered with the typical soft grip we see nowadays on contemporary tools, gives a great amount of control through grip friction and torque. The fit and finish of this tool is beautiful, with no discernable manufacturing flaws. In use, it cuts like gangbusters - one quick slice through and you're done. No need to back-and-forth to get the job done (and I bake thick-style pizza's). This thing is really heavy and substantial in the hand. Much, *much* better than anything I've used before. Obviously designed by someone who knows what they're doing. The price ($15 when I bought it) was ridiculously low, considering the workmanship and quality. I'd recommend this pizza cutter to anyone serious about their pizza. Thank you, Mario Batali (one of my favorite Food Network chefs)!