Vegetable peeler


Rex Mod. Int. 11002 (1947), Alfred Neweczerzal

Founded in 1931 by Alfred Neweczerzal, Zena focussed mainly on the development and production of kitchen helpers. In 1936 Neweczerzal applied for a patent in Germany, France and England for a vegetable slicer with an adjustable blade – the prototype of the famous Rex peeler.

Brought onto the market in 1947, the Rex peeler (Mod. Int. 11002) has remained practically unchanged ever since, and is by far the most iconic vegetable peeler around. The handle is made completely out of one strip of aluminum, and works equally well for right-handed or left-handed users. The flexible blued steel blade (with brilliantly integrated potato eye remover on the side) adapts to whatever item you are pealing, and is hardened, which makes it also suitable for grating chocolate and hard cheese. Still produced at the old factory nearby Zurich, the Zena Rex is a true symbol for functional Swiss design. Buying any other peeler is just being silly. Affordable luxury, what more do we want?

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