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The romantic back story: One night, while then-retired housewares executive Sam Farber and his wife Betsey were preparing dinner for friends, he noticed how much it hurt Betsey to peel apples for a French tart. Farber vowed to create a better peeler for Betsey, who suffered from mild arthritis. Hundreds of prototypes later, Betsey got her new and improved peeler and an innovative company was born.
I’ve owned my OXO swivel peeler for so long, that I sometimes take this tool’s amazing design for granted. Like Betsy, I suffered at the hands of my old metal peeler. It left my fingers cramped and aching whenever I prepped mashed potatoes or gingered carrot soup. But my OXO swivel peeler practically massages me when I use it. My thumb and forefinger rest comfortably in its perfect, squishy indentations. Its thick, grip-able rubber body cushions my hand (so my palm never feels strained) while the stainless steel blade glides through veggie skins with ease. Best of all, the OXO swivel peeler is built to last. After more than 10 years, mine is still going strong.