Developed for woodworking, the Microplane rasp-type grater has found new life in the kitchen. Available in standard, extra coarse and ribbon grades, the tool can grate hard Parmesan Reggiano cheese into lacy wisps, as well as zest citrus fruits.
The precise tool can be found for $10-14 and lasts a lifetime. The razor-sharp holes produce precision cuts to nearly anything it touches (including your fingers â€“ be careful never to go against the grain). The blade is made of surgical-grade stainless steel and the tool is dishwasher safe.