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Vic Firth 8" Federal Pepper Mill, Cherry

3.9 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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  • Patented lock-in crown nut maintains any selected grinding setting, however coarse or fine
  • Made from the finest American hardwood ensuring a virtually flawless finish
  • Patented easy pop-out stainless steel mechanism first crushes then grinds the pepper for enhanced flavoring. Salt mills feature a special nylon mechanism for easy grinding
  • Made in the USA
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Product Description

Size: 8" | Color: Cherry

The Federal 8" Cherry Pepper Mill by Vic Firth is tradition at its best.Each pepper mill is hand crafted in Maine of the finest American solid cherry wood to ensure a virtually flawless finish.Vic Firth pepper mills combine superb hand craftsmanship with the patented stainless steel "Lock and Grind" 2-step mechanism which produces the widest range of grinds available. This mechanism first crushes the peppercorns for enhanced flavor, then grinds them to the chosen consistency. A patented lock-in crown nut maintains any selected grinding setting, however coarse or fine.The unequaled choice for both form and function, Vic Firth pepper mills are an elegant and practical addition to any kitchen or table setting. For every pepper mill that Vic Firth engineers, there is a matching salt mill, making them "The Perfect Pair."

Product Information

Size:8"  |  Color:Cherry
Product Dimensions 8 x 3 x 3 inches
Item Weight 11.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 11.2 ounces
Department Kitchen and Dining
Manufacturer Vic Firth USA
ASIN B0002IX8W2
Item model number FED08PM11
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #356,464 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#629 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Utensils & Gadgets > Salt & Pepper > Pepper Mills
#8,842 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Utensils & Gadgets > Seasoning & Spice Tools
Date first available at Amazon.com September 6, 2005

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By Matthew Volkar on January 4, 2007
Size: 8"Color: Cherry Verified Purchase
This pepper mill is well made with solid cherry construction and is very attractive to display. It grinds well and is relatively easy to refill, but I am bit disappointed with the method of adjusting the grind. The way this works is by turning the small metal nut at the top of the mill. Tightening the nut makes for a finer grind, loosening it coarser.

The problem is that the nut tends to slip during use and the grind gradually changes. I find that I have to keep adjusting it to maintain any kind of consistency to the grind. The bottom of the nut has ridges on it which are supposed to lock into a ridged plastic piece in the wooden cap, but it doesn't really seem to work as well as I had hoped.
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Size: 6-inches tallColor: Walnut Verified Purchase
I've picked a winner! I've never seen or had a pepper mill that works as well as this does. It's amazing at any grind. It was such a kick, I ground about 1/2 cup to fill a salt box.

The bonus is that it looks great and is solid as a rock and made in the USA.

If you use a lot of pepper, consider the larger one. This is more than enough for our use but because they keep the mill heavy an don't hollow it completely out, it doens't hold as many pepper corns ad it appears. Again, for most people the 6" mill is plenty big for fresh pepper.

I'd highly recommend Vic Firth mills.
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Size: 8"Color: Black
I love it when something is better than I imagined. I never knew how great one could be until I got this Vic Firth pepper mill. I've probably bought 8-10 pepper mills, none of which have stood the tests of time or expectations. First of all, I can't believe how much control I have over the grind. I had 3 other pepper mills in use when I got this new one. One gave me just the right fine grind, another medium and the third, just the right coarse grind because I've never found one that could do it all consistently. (I've even used a coffee grinder out of frustration in getting a great coarse grind). This one does it all. And, it's gorgeous. Very classic look, beautiful wood, and just feels great in my hands. It was so easy to fill up (even came with a little funnel to help with that operation). I've had pepper grinders and shakers that were such a pain to refill, they were practically disposable. I cannot find a single flaw with this grinder. It comes with a Lifetime Warranty, which I can't imagine ever calling on, as it's incredibly well made. This is the kind of discovery that I can't stop telling people about... and buying as gifts to spread the love. Vic Firth Federal 8-Inch Pepper Mill, Black
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Size: 8"Color: Cinnabar Verified Purchase
My only basis of comparison is a cumbersome pepper mill my mother had, and those dinky plastic grinders that come atop store-bought pepper jars. I was suffering with that aforementioned plastic grinder for over a year before I decided to plunk down nearly $40 for a pepper mill. I felt it was worth it, since Vic Firth is made in the USA with a lifetime warranty. It is all about the quality and longevity of a product, and I would rather spend more in the outset so I don't have to deal with hassles and replacements later.

I was not disappointed. The quality is outstanding. I purchased the mill in Cinnabar, and it is a stunning rusty red color. It looks great on my counter next to my red Le Creuset utensil holder. It is easy to fill (not so easy to clean, but then again, I haven't looked at their video on how to do that yet) and grinds pepper with seemingly zero effort. No huge chunks, no hand cramps - sheer perfection.

~Stephanie
EpicBeautyGuide *com
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Size: 8"Color: Cinnabar Verified Purchase
This is a lovely peppermill. The color is just slightly darker than what appeared on my monitor, but it's so smooth and shiny and a delight to hold in your hands. There were no instructions included and it took me a minute to figure out how to open and fill it, and how to adjust the grind to my preference, but once you see how it's put together, it's very simple. It holds a fair amount of peppercorns and the grinding is smooth and even. It puts out quite a bit of pepper with each grind. Freshly ground pepper adds so much flavor. The pre-ground stuff can't compare. I use maybe a quarter the pepper I used to, but have twice the flavor. I keep the 8 inch mill by the stove and plan to get a 6" or 4" Vic Firth mill for the table. I may even give some as gifts this holiday season. I love them that much.
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By BillEBoB on September 24, 2013
Size: 4-inches tallColor: White Verified Purchase
Had a larger Vic Firth pepper mill for a while now, and decided that I wanted to have a mill dedicated to white pepper. At 4" this is just the right size for as often as I need white pepper, but it is a touch harder to hold onto than my larger model.
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Size: 8-inches tallColor: Mahogany Verified Purchase
I bought this to pair with a Vic Firth salt mill that we purchased in a store. After trailing the salt mill at home, we knew we needed a matching pepper mill. Great price for a high quality item. Can't go wrong with the lifetime guarantee!
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Size: 8-inches tallColor: Goldenrod
I bought this a little over a year ago. We cook often and tend to use our pepper mills a lot. It was never great--sometimes it was difficult to get the gears to engage and actually grind the pepper. But then a few weeks ago the screws in the bottom fell out and won't screw into the wood anymore. This makes the pepper mill unusable. There's a lifetime warranty and I submitted a request to have them address this issue about 2 weeks ago and never heard back. So bottom line--this pepper mill is poor quality and I don't recommend it. It looks pretty, sort of works for a while, and then breaks. I've had a hard time finding a pepper mill that will work for more than a year or so and have decided to (based on recommendations I've read in other online cooking forums) just buy Trader Joe's whole black peppercorns, which come with a built-in grinder. Not exactly pretty, but in the long run, it'll save money.
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