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After reading all reviews I was hoping this will be a worth investment to enjoy my Dutch cheese collection. To my disappointment I am still struggling to use is after few weeks and my standard knife cuts much better. I should have stayed with cheaper old fashioned cheese slicer after all.
It only took a couple slices on hard cheese to cause the wire to become loose, no tension, completely flexible. Instead of using the replacement wire (which I am certain would cause the same issue), I opted for a new electric guitar g-string, this proved that once you do use that replacement string you are in for a world of tinkering to get the length/tension right (1, for it to fit, the slightest bit short and forget it fitting... and 2, for the wire to be tight enough to cut sufficiently). After getting the right length & tension, which made a nice high pitched "ping" sound upon plucking, it sliced so much better than original, practically sinking through the cheese, then after a few slices, it begins to lose tension and that "ping" is gone. Not impressed, the major fault I see is that the device requires a tension screw so that 1) replacing the string can be done loose and tightened. and 2) as the wire loosens with use, the tension could be adjusted. It's ridiculous that this lacks such a feature when it loses tension so easily. The two wires didn't even make it through a single 500g block of cheese. I plan to go back to using a knife.
Please don't buy this product. I was very excited before receiving cheese slicer as it was stating this product is from USA, but actually this product is from Taiwan and also a crack was found on top of it . Totally wastage of money.
I bought this because my husband wanted a dependable cheese slicer. It has never worked correctly; I thought it was "operator error". Now that it's too late to return it, I noticed that the reason it doesn't "work right" is because it came without one of the screws that hold the wire in place. The product comes with an extra wire and you can purchase more replacement wires, but you're SOL if you need a screw. Manufacturer should offer replacement screws. Otherwise it seems pretty sturdy. For what that's worth. This was an Amazon fulfillment, and it's near impossible to get a hold of an Amazon rep after time has passed. Sellers: can anyone help me?
This slicer is just not functionally sound. If it was not so heavy, it might be ideal for a child to use, since the handle is so short. As a small female, I don't have large hands at all, and I found this difficult to hold on to due to the short handle and it's excessive weight. Despite feeling so heavy, the actual slicing wire of just of average quality, and is not significantly thicker or thinner than those I've seen on other brands - I'm sure it would break if you try to use it on a block that is too thick, but will suffice for a year or so for use with smaller blocks (1lb size) before snapping. Replacing the wire is not very easy either, but neither are most slicers of this style.
Overall, I simply cannot recommend this slicer. It's entirely too short handle and heaviness make this uncomfortable/difficult to use.
Junk cheese cutter. The body of the product is a very high quality and looks like a lot of care went into building it until you get to the wire. It worked great for about two months until the wire became very loose and couldn't be tightened. There are two threaded brass rectangles that fit into corresponding slots that should be as easy as tightening up with a no.1 Phillips screwdriver but the wire is held into these squares very poorly. once the wire is loose, it is pretty much useless. I tried to put in the replacement wire that comes with the product it immediately broke. As someone with an engineering degree, I would say that this wire retention system was an afterthought.
Opened this today. I immediately noticed my fingers were covered in metal dust and flakes. Right out of the package the chrome coating is coming off. Yuk, I don't want this on my food! Tried to return it as defective and amazon says it isn't returnable?! Poor quality item and I am amazed Amazon won't let me return it.