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Liked it for a year and a half! Maybe I'll like it again!?
on April 22, 2016
I've been using mine for a year and a half, almost daily as I chop apples for my oatmeal. I peel with this then use a corer to core and section the apple. Useful and quite slick. During the last month, I've noticed a decline in its function. The spring that keeps the blade pressed against the apple has weakened, so the blade skips unless I use a third hand (one on the crank, another holding the base) to apply a little pressure. Further, the blade has dulled and who knows where the extra blade went after a year and a half and two moves?! So I need a replacement peeler, and I'm going to try something else -- something hopefully with a higher customer rating, and it would be nice if the blades were replaceable. at this price, I'd say this peeler doesn't owe me anything -- I've gotten lots of utility and enough value for the expenditure -- but it's not one of those gizmos you'll be passing to your grandchildren -- it's got a limited life span.
Update -- I looked over the other peelers and did not like any of them, primarily because they all seem to make use of the same configuration of blade that digs too deep. I feel I'm giving up too much apple (or potato) so I changed my mind about replacing this unit for the time being. I'm thinking perhaps the spring I mentioned is behaving badly, mostly because the blade has become dulled with much use -- so I'm going to try replacing the blades before I give up on this thing.
On the manufacturer's web site, they list a customer service number where extra blades can be ordered. I'll try that and report back after I've had a chance to look at the results.
I will say that the key advantage from my perspective of this peeler is that the blade is in a holder that limits the depth of cutting. The blade is wide so that it grabs more peel with each rotation, but with very little depth, saving most of the apple.
If a new blade restores full functionality, I'm ready to give this little gadget five stars -- I really liked it that much when it was working.
More to come . . .