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hand-forged cheese slicer

by Al Stephens
Handmade
Recycled
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  • the story

Say Cheese

Get a handle on cheese with this hand-forged, steel slicer. Hammered from recycled steel using traditional blacksmithing techniques by Al Stephens in Northern Alabama, its hefty weight and arched shape slices through hard and soft cheeses alike with sharp, clean strokes. Rich with craftsmanship, form and function, this rustic piece is meant for lifelong use.

  • details
Handmade
Recycled
Item ID
19536
Made from
metal, recycled steel
Measurements
5.5" L x 4.5" W
Notes
Hand wash recommended. Includes metal cutting wire.
  • the maker
Al Stephens

Al Stephens

After almost 20 years of high-production industry work in St. Louis, MO, Al Stephens discovered the art of blacksmithing while on a visit to an historic Illinois site.

Volunteering in his park's 19th century blacksmith shop trained him in time-honored techniques that earned him full-time blacksmithing employment. His success in creating contemporary hand-forged items has extended from retail to gallery settings.

This diverse background of trade work, historic technique and modern shop knowledge serves as the foundation for his one-of-a-kind, hand-forged steel items.

In 2000, Stephens launched his own shop in Pennsylvania. Currently, his home and shop are based in Alabama.

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HAND-FORGED CHEESE SLICER
 
4.2

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Well built / quality (23)
  • Comfortable grip (16)
  • Attractive (15)
  • Easy to clean (14)
  • Durable (8)

Cons

  • Uncomfortable grip (3)

Best Uses

  • Gifts (14)
  • Kitchen (12)
  • Cheese (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual cook (14), Avid cook (13), Midrange shopper (12)
    • I Am A:
    • Couple no kids (5), Single female (4), Family older kids (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (8), No (4)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (6), Self (3)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (7), Other (3)

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2.0

So So product

By 

from Auburn, AL

About Me Casual Cook

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Easy To Clean
  • Quality Construction
  • Stays Sharp

Cons

  • Uncomfortable Grip

Best Uses

    Comments about HAND-FORGED CHEESE SLICER:

    I love the look and feel but the way the cutter is designed, you cannot cut completely through the cheese when pushing down. The curved edges get in the way.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Wife
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or Hanukkah

    Comment on this review

     
    2.0

    Disappointed

    By 

    from Rochester NY

    About Me Avid Cook

    Pros

    • Comfortable Grip

    Cons

    • Design

    Best Uses

      Comments about HAND-FORGED CHEESE SLICER:

      I was given this as a Christmas gift after raving about having seen it on the site. At first I was excited to have been gifted such a nice item (not to mention not inexpensive). But after using it just once I was extremely disappointed. As stated in some of the other reviews, because the wire is not flush with the bottom of the apparatus, it does not slice all the way through on a normal cutting board.
      I wish I had read the reviews before raving about it because now my friend has spent good money on the gift which I will not be using and I am too embarrassed to tell her that the design really is quite flawed and the item just does not work.
      Maybe I can get someone to cut me a piece of wood that will fit perfectly between the bottom prongs so it will cut flush down to the surface.
      I suggest you ask the producers to redesign.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Self
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Other

      Comment on this review

       
      4.0

      Sturdy design

      By 

      from Colorado

      About Me Casual Cook

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Grip
      • Easy To Clean
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about HAND-FORGED CHEESE SLICER:

          Like the rustic design

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Other

          Comment on this review

           
          2.0

          Good quality but poor design

          By 

          from DC

          About Me Avid Cook

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Grip
          • Quality Construction
          • Stays Sharp

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about HAND-FORGED CHEESE SLICER:

              The cutting wire does not rest flush with the bottom of the device; thus, in order to cut all the way through cheese, you would need to use a cutting board that is narrower than the cutting wire is long.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Other
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Christmas or Hanukkah

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              Unique and Efficient cheese slicer

              By 

              from Greenwich

              About Me Casual Cook

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable Grip
              • Easy To Clean
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about HAND-FORGED CHEESE SLICER:

                  Had been looking for months for a high quality cheese slicer, not attached to a board, for a friend who is a gadget maven. Yes, of course he is a guy. This product is exceptional looking - not starkly modern or traditonal - just cool. Seems to also be quite functional. A great gift for the cook who has everything or a novice. The only quibble is it might be a bit larger to accomodate larger cheeses, a larger size option would be welcome.

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  had this gift wrapped, both the wrapping and packaging were very carefully and well done.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Other
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Christmas or Hanukkah

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Beautiful piece

                  By 

                  from Philadelphia, PA

                  About Me Casual Cook

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Grip
                  • Quality Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about HAND-FORGED CHEESE SLICER:

                      Looks like the picture and works well. I'm very pleased.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                      • Other
                      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                      • Christmas or Hanukkah

                      Comment on this review

                       
                      5.0

                      simplicity at its best

                      By 

                      from west orange, new jersey

                      About Me Avid Cook

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Grip
                      • Easy To Clean
                      • Quality Construction
                      • Stays Sharp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Cheese

                        Comments about HAND-FORGED CHEESE SLICER:

                        this product was a gift for a friend who had a similar one growing up. she saw this one last year but did not purchase it so when she saw it again this year and commented on how she would really love to have it, i jumped at the opportunity to get a gift that she would both use and cherish!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                        • Other
                        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                        • Christmas or Hanukkah

                        Comment on this review

                         
                        4.0

                        Beautiful handwork

                        By 

                        from san diego

                        About Me Avid Cook

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Clean
                        • Quality Construction

                        Cons

                        • Uncomfortable Grip

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about HAND-FORGED CHEESE SLICER:

                          I fell in love with the look of the product. As far as a cheese sliver I haven't had too much success.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                          • Self

                          Comment on this review

                           
                          5.0

                          A nice change

                          By 

                          from Chicago, il

                          About Me Casual Cook

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable Grip
                          • Quality Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about HAND-FORGED CHEESE SLICER:

                              I bought two of these - one as a gift and one for me. Great design. Will be lovely on the table.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes
                              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                              • Other
                              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                              • Christmas or Hanukkah

                              Comment on this review

                               
                              5.0

                              Looks great!

                              By 

                              from Grand Junction

                              About Me Gourmet Chef

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about HAND-FORGED CHEESE SLICER:

                                    It has a great look and feel. It appears to be built to last for a long time.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • Yes
                                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                                    • Other
                                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                                    • Christmas or Hanukkah

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