Zassenhaus began in 1867 as an export store supplying small steel goods and hand tools. Then in 1904, the foundation for the future success was laid with the introduction of pepper mills. In 2000 Zassenhaus invented the first continuously adjustable grinding mechanism made from high quality German ceramic. Zassenhaus products are distinctive and unique and solidify our position as the leading supplier of premium spice and coffee mills. A mill is as good as its grinding mechanism as this alone determines how much flavor and aroma is released when the spices are ground. Zassenhaus patented German ceramic mechanism is for peppercorns, sea salt, spices and dried herbs. Each mill features six different adjustments from rough to fine grind. The original design of the 5.1-inch Speyer Pepper Mill dates back over 100 years. And while the look is that of a cherished antique, the inner workings are decidedly high-tech, featuring Zassenhaus' patented CeraPlus(R) German ceramic grinding mechanism that's actually harder than carbon steel. And unlike steel, whose blades corrode and become dull over time, the CeraPlus grinding mechanism is guaranteed for 25 years of flawless service. To grind, simply turn the charming crank, crowned by a ball finial. You can adjust the coarseness or fineness of the grind by twisting the 6-position dial ton the bottom. To fill, simply unscrew the top knob. Lathe-turned from solid beechwood in a dark stained finish.