Perfex Cast Aluminum Pepper Mill, 4.5 Inch
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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
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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pepper grinder in nickel plated cast aluminum has been on the market for more than fifty years and has never been outdated or outmoded.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.
Top Customer Reviews
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...
Having disassembled this for cleaning I found I'd lost track of a washer. Does it go under the bottom fixing nut as shown, or somewhere else?