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I was looking for a wire hand-held cheese slicer that was wider than 4 inches. Thought this would do the trick. It is sturdy enough, and wide enough; all metal, no plastic. The wire can be adjusted for thickness; however, it does not slice evenly. (Maybe I am doing it wrong). It was nice to get a free replacement wire with my order. It bugs me that the screws that adjust the thickness do not seem to hold and I am constantly adjusting them. I will be looking for another wide cheese slicer down the road.
This slicer feels nice and heavy in your hand. You adjust the slice thickness by the angle of the handle to the cheese. Okay for soft cheeses. Not very good for medium firm cheese like Swiss. The wire bends quite a bit when trying to slice even at the 1/2” end of the wedge. No way to tighten the tension on the wire. The wire is quite thick which offers more resistance when slicing. Only recommended for soft cheeses. Still looking for that good old fashion cheese slicer that really works.
Initially, this seemed like exactly what I was looking for -- heavy, well built, seemingly thoughtfully designed (the offset wire meant no more "growing lump of cheese at the bottom of the slice" as was delivered by my ancient and trusty, yet non-adjustable, cutter)....
Used it twice, and was thrilled and a bit prematurely self-congratulatory. It cut both very thin slices and nice thick ones, and seemed like it was a great new addition to the kitchen junk drawer.
Third time out: Wire broke. Yes, it came with one replacement wire... but even then, if I get three uses out of it between wires, that's an annoying bit of Fail inserted into what should be a pleasurable moment! Booo! I'll try the second wire, but when it breaks, experimentation with adjustable slicers will likely be over.
Two stars? One star? Well, it was nice when it worked... you be the judge, and decide if you want to take a chance.
Cheap Chinese Crap strikes again. Your luck may vary *dramatically*... in either direction.
I like the sturdy handle. It's easy to grip and it's ergonomic. We use this for a goat cheddar brick, and it does not hold up. The wire bent soon after we started using it. I can bend it back into shape easily, but it doesn't last for one slice. The wire is flimsy.
Bought a cheap cheese slicer in the late 80's that lasted 25 years before it gave up the ghost. Then bought a replacement that lasted three days then broke. Bought another replacement that lasted two weeks then broke. Then I bought this one -- it comes with an extra wire. The first wire broke in two weeks. I nursed the second wire along for 10 months then it broke. This cheese slicer is better than most of those out there now but it's still junk. I know they can build them better than this because I had one that put up with a lot of abuse for 25 years. I think the primary requirement for designing cheese slicers now is to ensure that you give them more money soon to buy a replacement for the junk they sold you.
Three replacements in a year is enough. I'm using a knife from now on. No more of my money for made-to-fail cheese slicers from China. Think I can get my money back? Ha!!!
I had one of these as a kid and remembered how well it worked so wanted to try one. It works a bit then the cheese starts rolling around the pin. maybe there's a better design out there or its just good on harder dry cheese? Plus its harder to clean. So I dont use it. I think the style with JUST a wire and a swinging arm to keep the cut straight would have a better chance of working but I wanted one to work on those square 4x4 blocks of cheese and not take up a bunch of room. Guess we'll keep buying sliced cheese or I'll use a knife.
The only thing "heavy duty" is the weight of this slicer. The adjustment screws on the side don't stay tightened, and trying to get them evenly aligned is a pain...so the slices are thick on one end and thin on the other. I once had a cheapy slicer with the adjustment in the handle and it lasted years! before the wire broke. Wish I had ordered that one instead. Not recommended at the price...or any price.