Microplane Black Sheep Zester


A long, versatile zester with razor-sharp blades, scratch-resistant matt black finish, and a no-slip rubber base.

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Product Details

Microplane is a household name across the world for their exceptional, patented photo-edged blades, which grate ingredients without bruising, tearing, or diminishing aromas. This versatile zester can be used for citrus, garlic, ginger, cheese, and many other ingredients, but it is particularly excellent for citrus. Only the slightest amount of pressure is needed for the razor-sharp blades to gently and precisely grate. The long shape allows for a fluid, gentle motion, helping prevent the undesirable mincing of zest and accidental grating of the pith. (Food scientist Shirley Corriher compares this motion to ‘playing the violin’.) This zester is made of stainless steel with a matt black finish, coated in PVD for a scratch-resistant finish. It has a no-slip rubber base that lets you stand it up at an angle over a plate or cutting board if needed. The notch in the handle allows you to hang it on a rack. It is dishwasher safe, but repeated exposure to dishwasher chemicals may dull the blades and shorten the lifespan of the product—so we strongly recommend hand washing.

Why we love it

'There’s no contest: Microplane’s unique photo-edged blades are the most precise and effective. That’s why so many recipes use “Microplane” as a verb!'

Specifications & Care

  • Hand wash only; do not soak in water
  • Rinsing your Graters in warm water immediately after each use is recommended
  • Remove trapped particles from the non-sharp side whenever possible
  • Store with blade covered when not in use
Country of Origin
  • Blade: USA
  • Handle: China
Dimensions L 31cm X W 4.7cm X D 1.5cm
Material Black stainless steel with PVD (physical vapour deposition) coating
Warranty Lifetime
Weight 160g
About The Brand


The first Microplane was conceived in 1990 by brothers Richard and Jeff Grace in Arkansas, USA, and was originally intended for use in woodworking. However, as the legend goes, a home cook once decided on a whim to try it out on an orange, and was astonished by the perfectly-shaped shards of zest it could produce. This ultimately led to the development of the Microplane brand as we know it today—a household name and the industry standard for graters, shavers, and zesters.

What sets Microplane products apart from others is their exceptional, long-lasting sharpness: the blades are made by means of a patented photochemical etching process that shapes them far more precisely than traditional mechanical means. The razor-sharp blades finely slice ingredients, rather than crushing or tearing them like the duller metal-stamped blades on standard graters; this makes grating or zesting much less laborious, and improves the taste, texture, and appearance of whatever you’re grating.

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