Purchased this ""old fashioned"" pepper mill a few months ago. I liked the vintage appeal and mostly it was about the looks. Here's the wonderful news: It's easy load, easy to operate & I see this as lasting generations! Also, I like to SEE my pepper (not so finely ground) and this is wonderful for that. Honestly, it's the perfect way to dispense pepper. I was thinking about getting an electric one (for the table) but am still on the fence since I feel spoiled with this tried & true product. If you're picky about food (and pepper) and don't mind hand grinding (not difficult) then this is your ""go to"" grinder
My husband and I bought one of these wonderful peppermills in the early '60s. Still works beautifully. I bought another one in the late '80s, use it daily. It also still works beautifully with no problems with grind selection, loading is so easy and I love the way it looks which is why we bought it in the first place. The one I just purchased from SLT was for my daughter. She requested it as a birthday gift. Now she wants the salt mill as well. I highly recommend this charming and well designed peppermill - works forever
My family has used Perfex pepper mills for at least the last 50-60 years. My mom's was handed down to my sister so I had to buy my own when I got married. I bought one for my daughter when she grew up and she still uses & loves it. Now I give them as wedding gifts to any serious cook or family member. I have never had a problem with my Perfex pepper mill. Love them!
I recently purchased the salt mill as I have had the pepper mill for many years. These mills are perfection. The grinding mechanisms are metal and will last a lifetime vs. others made of plastic. The grind size is easily adjusted to anyone's preference. You will not be disappointed with either of these grinders. I highly recommend them!
My Wife and I were on a mini honeymoon on Orcas Island (part of the San Juan Islands between Washington and Canada). We were eating at Rose's Cafe which is amazing and ech table had a set of these. She commented that she really liked them and would use salt and pepper much more if she had these. Lol so I am gifting her the set as a tribute to our wonderful time on the Island.
Overheard a customer in your store say she had a pair for over 20 years--and my mom bought me my own pair. Now I am planning on giving her a pair of her own. I love these mills! They look great on the table and work so well, too.
Reliability and quality of construction. Customer reviews. Tired of buying run-of-the-mill grinders that don't last more than a few months; by reputation, this is supposedly built to last and do what it's supposed to do, well!
We have owned a Perfex pepper mill since around 1980 and it has never worked less than perfectly. We use it every day and it is a work horse! We were given a beautiful Peugeot salt and pepper mill set a few years ago and after a few anemic little grinds, they completely stopped grinding. Perefex is the best.
I'm not sure but think they're U.S. made. I've had mine so many years ! Before they came out with so many kinds, this is what cooks use. It's my fav for a few reasons over others (& I've owned a few pricey ones along the way). 1. Fits in my hand. & feels good there always. 2. Doesn't require electricity or batteries to work. 3. Easy refill 4. Coarse grind is always just perfect to taste, smell & see. It's reliable, never breaks & will last a lifetime (or two). Did I mention its attractive
Best Answer:I returned the pepper mill and exchanged it for another. Unfortunately, the same thing occurred. I advise all who use this mill (manufactured NOV 2014) to look closely. Just to be sure I took a magnet over top of what I thought to be metal shavings and sure enough they came right up with the magnet. Sadly, I will be returning this mill and trying another option.
Best Answer:To be honest, I only have the pepper, my salty mill, which I seldom use (because I use kosher salt and sel Gris for seasoning, and MALDON and flour de sel for finishing) has a ceramic burr, rather than steel. I will volunteer that I've had my PERFEX since 1975: it was the first kitchen tool I ever bought. It was even more expensive THEN than it is now, and $90 was a big deal when I was earning $50 A week in Summer stock; but I've never regretted it. I've dropped it in soup and stock pots several times, and it still works like a dream.
I also use a variety of salts, and have found that the sel gris tends to stick in a salt mill! I also went to kosher, but still like the salt mill at the table for guests. Salt cellars don't always work for groups, even though I do use several personal size. I have a collection of pepper mills, as they always outlast the salt mills. :) Thanks for your reply.
I have the salt mill in the smaller size and no it does not corrode. I didnt know there was a larger size when I got the salt mill. I also have thd pepper mill. To me these sre the two best tools in my kitchen. I use them daily and have had them for over 15 years.
Thanks. I was speaking in terms longer than two weeks. I expect to own them for a long period of time, as they are an investment. I've had salt mills that tend to corrode after time, but the pepper mills remain in tact.
Henry, I appreciate the sentiment. The tough part is that everything continues to work beautifully. It seems a waste to throw out the mill when it's working fine - I think I'll visit my local hardware store for a workaround.
I have owned a set Perfex salt and pepper mills for about 16 years. Never any problem until recently. The rivet that attaches the small barrel-like handle to the handle arm on the pepper mill degraded over the years and broke, leaving just the handle arm. Do you sell replacement handles?