Some called him a hack, but the truth is, his peeler really is the best. I picked one up once to replace what came in my culinary school kit. It made for a good story in the classroom.
Mr. Ades charged $5 a pop, or 5 for $20. You can still buy the Star Vegetable Peeler ($6.95 plus shipping), but the experience just won't be the same. Adieu, Mr. Ades.
Related: • Veggie Peeler Pitchman Still At It • Joseph Ades and his Swiss Peelers • A Video of Joseph Ades at Work • His Stage, the Street; His Rapier, a Peeler (NY Times, February 3, 2009) (Photos: Chris Phillips and Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan for The Kitchn)