It's been often said that professional cooks use fewer and more basic tools than amateurs. The most tedious carving task, down to the simplest slicing of cheese, can be competently dealt with by a good, sharp knife. What then are the reasons for owning a cheese wire slicer? The time-tested proof of this tool's continuing existence is its ability to produce uniform thin slices of cheese of varying firmness. It cuts neatly, avoiding problems of sticking or crumbling that often occur with a knife.
When it was first discovered that piano wire not only made music but served as an efficient cheese cutter as well, other cheese-slicing gadgets followed suit. Today, the selection ranges from the original long cheese wire attached to two little wood handles, used for looping around large wheels of cheese, to rolling wire cutters that vary in quality of handles.
On a more sophisticated level, Danish cheese slicers with cutting wires attached to a lever mounted on attractive wooden boards or marble slabs have also also cut through the realm of cheese gadgetry.
To add to the convenience, some wire cutters, single or attached to a board, now have a gauge for adjusting thickness of the cheese. The Adjustable Cheese Slicer featured here is heavier, sturdier-looking than other types in the market. With a chrome-plated gauge handle, it has a detachable stainless steel wire cutter and an adjustable high-polished aluminum roller.