I bought the 7-inch model via Penzey's some years back. (It's labelled as being made in "W. Germany," though I got it well after 1990. I think they were just using an old die.) In fact, it's sitting in front of me on the table, just as displayed in your image.Ttusker wrote:Not really a story, but a strong recommendation: I inherited my Zassenhaus pepper mill from my late mom. It's the smaller version, about five inches tall, with the grinding crank handle on top.
It does work well, though the adjustment is prone to loosening. It's become a habit to give it a light tightening before each use. It's also 95% plastic-free, which is nice.
For many years – among the cognoscenti – the brand of mill didn't matter so much as the manufacturer of the grinding mechanism. Peugeot was considered the ne plus ultra, and that fact was usually noted as a feature.