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Perfect Pizza Cutter - Does it Exist??

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  • Perfect Pizza Cutter - Does it Exist??

    I've developed a frustration with pizza cutters that move the pizza around when trying to cut it or that won't cut through the crust ends. Mind you, my crusts might be a little thicker than the standard Neapolitan. My latest purchase was a $10, 14" rocker style cutter. I figured this would at least eliminate the moving pie problem. It was great for the 1st few pizzas but now it's so dull, I'd probably struggle cutting butter! So is there a perfect pizza cutter out there? Or maybe my issue is the lack of a good knife sharpener. I have the same struggle with my kitchen knifes. I can't seem to get a good point with a steel and those little hand sharpeners with the stones seem worthless. The only time I get a good sharpen is when I lug all the knifes down to the local hardware store and wait a week or so for their guy to pick them up, sharpen them and get them back to the store. Very impractical. I wished I knew what they were using.

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    Re: Perfect Pizza Cutter - Does it Exist??

    It is probably your technique more than the tool. With the wheel type, start in the center and pull towards you, turn the pizza as much as you want and cut from the center towrds you, etc.

    Oh and don't cut on anything but wood.

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      Re: Perfect Pizza Cutter - Does it Exist??

      Originally posted by Tscarborough View Post
      It is probably your technique more than the tool. With the wheel type, start in the center and pull towards you, turn the pizza as much as you want and cut from the center towrds you, etc.

      Oh and don't cut on anything but wood.
      So you're saying any old cutter will suffice?... as long as it's sharp perhaps.

      I do cut on a stone which I guess can cause a prob for sharp blades. What do you guys cut on? I'm afraid to score my wooden peels.

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        Re: Perfect Pizza Cutter - Does it Exist??

        Well, I have a commercial one, but it wasn't expensive and I have had it for years and never sharpened it. I cut on a wood cutting board.

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          Re: Perfect Pizza Cutter - Does it Exist??

          Originally posted by Tscarborough View Post
          Well, I have a commercial one, but it wasn't expensive and I have had it for years and never sharpened it. I cut on a wood cutting board.
          Are you talking just any large wooden cutting board or these fairly pricey wood fiber Pizza Cutting / Serving Boards?

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            Re: Perfect Pizza Cutter - Does it Exist??

            Regular old wood cutting board, but I may buy a couple of those, they are nice.

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              Re: Perfect Pizza Cutter - Does it Exist??

              Originally posted by Tscarborough View Post
              Regular old wood cutting board, but I may buy a couple of those, they are nice.
              I wonder if whatever else besides the wood fibers, that makes them dishwasher safe & absorption resistant, would tend to dull a cutter.

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              • #8
                Re: Perfect Pizza Cutter - Does it Exist??

                There is a thread dealing with this very question, see:

                http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f18/...nife-3962.html

                I have several posts with the pics attached and I have not had to sharpen this rocking home made pizza cutter since I made it some years ago. It was an offcut from my stainless steel chimney void sharpened and set into a wooden handle.

                Cheers

                Neill
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                  Re: Perfect Pizza Cutter - Does it Exist??

                  Very Nice, Neil! Beautiful job! Cool that you did it yourself!
                  Jay

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                  • #10
                    Re: Perfect Pizza Cutter - Does it Exist??

                    I've been very pleased with the Forno Bravo cutter which came as a reward for 250 posts. No need for any double roll. It is sharp and if properly cared for should last for a long long time. IMHO worth the price if one prefers to buy one rather than contribute to the dialog.

                    As for cutting surface: I cut on a small sheet of phenolic plastic. Caramel in color, it is a phenolic resin and paper product. While my cutting board is a salvage piece from Boeing Surplus I have seen commercial pizza cutting boards made of the same material. Those boards you linked too look like the wood fiber and phenolic resin version. Phenolic resin products have been around since the early 20th century and are basically food safe... just don't get them too hot. As a "thermosetting" plastic they will blister, char and give off a stinky odor rather than melt.

                    Cutting against hard wood is fine as is a piece of Corian. The trick is to cut against something a bit softer than the knife but not so soft that they are deeply cut. The white poly cutting boards are usually too soft and are easly deeply scored creating places for food debris to collect and fester. And as a "thermoplastic" plastic they melt.

                    Bests,
                    Wiley

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                      Re: Perfect Pizza Cutter - Does it Exist??

                      I just use a standard roller cutter on a large aluminum pizza pan that I bought from a kitchen supply company. Since the pans don't have lips on them, it is easy to cut completely with the roller cutter and my pies don't slide around.
                      My WFO project: http://picasaweb.google.com/stevprin/WFOSmallPhotos#

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                        Re: Perfect Pizza Cutter - Does it Exist??

                        "I just use a standard roller cutter on a large aluminum pizza pan that I bought from a kitchen supply company. Since the pans don't have lips on them, it is easy to cut completely with the roller cutter and my pies don't slide around."

                        Same here. I use one large pan near the oven opening to put the pizza on and cut it. I then slide the cut pizza onto an ordinary pizza pan for serving. This way I can keep the pans near enough to the oven opeing to keep them warm.

                        I also strope (not sharpen) my pizza wheel to keep it sharp. I strope using an ordinary kitchen steel with the steel going away from the cutting edge.

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                          Re: Perfect Pizza Cutter - Does it Exist??

                          I really liked the idea of the single large curved blade cutters, but was then dismayed to discover how poorly they perform on a pie pan with a shall lip, as almost all pizza pans have (for nothing better than aesthetic reasons as far as I can tell). The large blade "trips" over the lip and leaves the crust partially uncut. As a result, I never used the darn thing. I just went back to wheel cutters and shove my pizza all over the place like you said happens to you. I haven't tried Tscar's "from the middle" technique though. I'll have to give that a shot.

                          Sigh.

                          Website: http://keithwiley.com
                          WFO Webpage: http://keithwiley.com/brickPizzaOven.shtml
                          Thread: http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f21/...ttle-7878.html

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                            Re: Perfect Pizza Cutter - Does it Exist??

                            Hey Neil, how do you "strope" the edge. I am not familar with this.
                            My WFO project: http://picasaweb.google.com/stevprin/WFOSmallPhotos#

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                              Re: Perfect Pizza Cutter - Does it Exist??

                              I think I may purchase one of those flat (no lip), phenolic resin pizza serving/cutting board... Wiley schooled me on those above... and sharpen my rocker cutter. Now to figure out how to get a good edge on that... any suggestions?!

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