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December 13, 2004

The Gripper

Standard disclaimer: I am neither shill, nor "bzzagent" nor anything else associated with the marketing industry.

I used to poo-poo anything but a wood cutting board. Plastic was ugly, and the only problem it solved was contamination--not much of an issue when you don't cook meat at home.

Lately, my old cutting board had gone to the land of bad smells (okay, maybe contamination is a problem), and needed replacing. First, I tried one of those fancy laminate boards. It was heavy, I bought one too big for our dishwasher, and it was LOUD. BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! every time I chopped something.

Next, standard wood. It was kinda heavy, and I had to put no-skid mats beneath it, but it was quiet and normal and safe.

Then I saw one of these on the shelf near the salad spinners. It claimed to need no wet dishtowels or clever mats to keep it from skidding. Also: not ugly. I'm a sucker for bright colors. Finally, it was a lot less expensive than its wood counterparts. So I tried a small orange one.

Suddenly, I felt very wasteful for going through all those nice wood boards. Which I gave to someone else. The Gripper, as this bright plastic wonder is called, really works. It's light, attractive, affordable, dishwasher safe, and doesn't slip. I have two now, and feel like I've finally found the perfect cutting board.

Posted by Cat Connor on December 13, 2004 01:01 PM


I suggest suggesting this to Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools: http://www.kk.org/cooltools/subscribe.php.

Posted by: spousal unit on December 13, 2004 02:35 PM

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