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Perfex Cast Aluminum Pepper Mill, 4.5 Inch

by Perfex

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  • Stainless steel grinder
  • Nickel plated cast aluminum body
  • Easy loading chute on the side
  • Adjust the grind size by twisting a nut on the bottom
  • Wipe clean
1 refurbished from $95.21

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0000DE85T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,834 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

Grind fresh pepper over the finest dishes with this pepper mill from Perfex. Classic in design and excellent in performance, this cylindrical, crank-top French pepper grinder in nickel plated cast aluminum has been on the market for more than fifty years and has never been outdated or outmoded. You fill the mill with pepper through an easy loading chute on the side and adjust the grind from extra fine to coarse by twisting a nut on the bottom. This pepper mill works exceptionally well with the stainless steel grinding heads that transform the peppercorns into precisely the texture you expect.

4-1/2" H

Customer Reviews

It comes to the dinner table every night.
pegtails
Indestructible, reliable, easy to adjust from very fine to great coarse grinds.
Stormy
I must have gotten a defective one, because it is very difficult to grind.
pm444

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JayBe on April 13, 2004
Just decided to pop 'Perfex' into the Amazon search engine on a whim, and was very pleasantly surprised to see it pop up. I've been using my trusty Perfex for years (bought it in Boston, actually), and have given many away as presents to friends, who are always delighted with them. Lightyears past the various Peugeots, advantage no. 1 over all others is the easy loading (and changing) of pepper(s), independent of the very precise adjustment of the grind. Only caveat is that with time (like 20 years!), the spring weakens a little and you might have to adjust the nut somewhat more often. But they last forever and work...simply. A real kitchen 'tool' that also looks good on any table.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Showbear on March 10, 2010
I have a larger, 6", mill but in every other respect mine is identical to the 4" one on this page. It has been great to use. Especially, filling it without dismantling or changing the grind adjustment, and getting a good volume of pepper out of it for the effort in grinding it, have been nice features.

It has been the cooking grinder (at the stove, not the table) in our home for about six years. However the grinder has been increasingly ineffective for about the past year, and lately has been putting out roughly a third of the pepper it used to do and feeling oddly free-wheeling while grinding.

Upon dismantling it, as you might have guessed, I've found the burrs to be SHOCKINGLY worn. The coarse burring at the top of the conical burrs is nearly completely gone, and the finer burring is very well-worn. We are NOT exceptionally-heavy users of pepper - the grinder has been used to season dishes an average of maybe 6-8 times per week. My first thought on seeing the wear was, "are the burrs made of aluminum too?!!" They are not only worn, but scarred, showing some gouging in the burr surfaces. The grinder has never been used to grind anything but high-quality Telicherry pepper. The wear is all the more surprising because I've always used a quite-coarse grind... the burrs have never been tightly-adjusted together.

So, on searching the internet to see if burrs can be replaced, I'm not finding any joy, and I'm finding this 4" model for sale at similarly-high prices (I paid almost CDN$200 for mine!) so I thought I'd write this review and warn people about this expensive purchase. It's great while it lasts, BUT...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tutone on December 30, 2005
I've been using one of these little gems for over 20 years and it still works flawlessly. Great output & grind adjustment. The only other pepper mill that I could recommend (in addition to this one) is the Unicorn Magnum Plus Pepper Mill (9-in.). The Perfex is "the" pepper mill that every well equipped kitchen should have!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Fisher on May 29, 2007
I've been very pleased with the purchase of my Perfex Cast Aluminum Salt & Pepper Mill. I was looking for a salt and pepper mill that were small in size, functional and decorative (for I have a french country style theme in my kitchen). These mills served all my needs. I had read reviews about this product, and all seemed very positive. Although my husband (and I) had trouble accepting the overall cost for the purchase of a simple salt and pepper mill, we are both delighted with our purchase. It is very simple to add your salt and peppercorns to the mills. It can feel a bit awkward when initially using the mills because of the small size as well as the "crank" on top of the mill, but you get over that quickly. We previously had used a Banton wooden salt and pepper mill, but this product takes the cake.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stir Fryer on March 24, 2012
I remember always being taken by these grinders. When I was around 10 or 11 I somehow scraped together enough money, they were expensive even then, to buy one as a gift for my mother. That was about 40 years ago and now I have the pepper grinder. It may not be perfect after all these years but it still works and looks good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pegtails on March 25, 2011
We received our Perfex pepper mill over 25 years ago as a gift. At first I thought my sister was INSANE for spending so much on a pepper mill. I was wrong. Our pepper mill goes everywhere with us. No kidding. We pack it when we go to the beach. If you are a foodie, you'll soon come to realize that there is nothing like fresh ground pepper, and a pepper mill that will last a lifetime. It comes to the dinner table every night. We've never had a problem nor have we had to make an adjustment. I'm wondering if those who have had problems might have bought a knock-off on ebay. Beware.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By christopher james on March 17, 2004
flawless operation; no worries here.
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We've had a set, labelled "P"&"S" respectively, for going on 24 years this month. Indestructible, reliable, easy to adjust from very fine to great coarse grinds. Easy to load & did I mention indestructible? Not a problem from being knocked off shelves to the ground, into the stew pot, being vigorously over enthusiastically ground by young chefs... lovely timeless look as well. I am so happy we were given these - clearly by experienced cooks who knew we would enjoy them for decades! I would replace these in a heartbeat if they ever went missing. Will get a set for DF's daughter when she gets married (passing it on).
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