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Found in a drawer. I did a google image search but that turned up either handheld graters (but with clearly abrasive grating surfaces) or shower heads. What irritates me is the surface seems to be not abrasive enough to be useful for grating anything. It could be for grating poatatoes into a fine starchy slurry? The make is WMF. It is ca. 30cm long

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(We are trying to downsize our kitchen stuff and I would like to know what it is so I can decide if it needs to go or if I would like to use it.)

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    Maybe use it for making spaetzle? – A rural reader Jun 15 at 16:36
  • those are damn expensive, don't toss! eek ! – Fattie Jun 15 at 17:39
  • This is, of course, solved, but I was going to comment that this looks like the thing I put at the opening of my meat grinder to determine how finely the meat is outputted. – Sean Duggan Jun 16 at 17:50
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It's a parmesan cheese grater. The idea is that for a dry, crumbly cheese the flat holes work well enough. The one time I used one I didn't find it to be terribly effective, which is probably why they're no longer made.

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    Spot on! Thank you for the quick identification. I will try it out on some unsuspecting chunck of parmesan and see if it crumbles satisfactorily. – Martin Jun 15 at 6:42
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    it seems quite an old design, I guess even the oldest of today's parmesan is unsuspecting to be rubbed against this :). In any case, @Martin please let us know how it went – Ciprian Tomoiagă Jun 15 at 9:55
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    @Martin If it doesn't work well, repurpose it as a way to warm a pastry over a cup of coffee. – Patrick Schomburg Jun 15 at 12:44
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    The only potential advantage is that it seems like it would be hard to grate your fingertips the way a microplane will. – JimmyJames Jun 15 at 21:22
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    use it to make Halušky! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halu%C5%A1ky – Colombo Jun 16 at 1:09

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