It is actually quicker and easier to zest a lemon or orange with this, rather than pulling out the whole box grater. You have more control over where the zest falls than with a Microplane, and the curved top makes sweet curls and flakes of zest. The secondary tool makes longer, thicker strips of zest or peel. Plus the short, chubby handle fits very comfortably in the hand. We're in the midst of moving and oddly this was one of the first things we dug up from our mess of kitchen boxes. OXO Good Grips Lemon Zester, $7.99 at Amazon.