Years later, that pepper mill is now shared property and I'm here to say that the Perfex Pepper Mill is still a favorite. It has developed a beautiful patina, it grinds pepper day in and day out, and I actually look forward to that time every few months when I get to open its little trap door and fill it up with peppercorns.
The Perfex can be found at cookware shops and Amazon for about $60 to $80, which is not inexpensive — but for an item that will last a lifetime, possibly bring you love, and certainly will never let you down, is there any question?
• Find it: Perfex Cast Aluminum Pepper Mill, $80 at Amazon
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