Spatulas and peelers
Is anyone else bothered by the quality of the cooking utensils usually found in stores? I went nuts trying to find a replacement spatula for one I had bought 28 years ago. The black plastic handle had been destroyed by the dishwasher. I tried so many different ones which were too thin and weak or too thick and inflexible -- with the front edge too fat to slide under things well. Finally when my mother-in-law died, I got hers. It is also old and the wooden handle is not great -- I wash it by hand to avoid destroying it completely. I don't have any idea what I will do when that one goes. I will have to find one at a yard sale ... not easy; I tried before.
The other thing I had a really hard time finding was a good potato peeler. I kept buying them hoping to find one which would work right. I think I bought one of each kind -- some were dull and others peeled off too much pulp. I finally found that Kuhn: Rikon, Switzerland, makes one which is just like we had in the old days.
It seems that when everything started getting made in China, even the stuff not made in China went down in quality. Meanwhile, my trash can is full of horrible spatulas and potato peelers which I will not pass on to my enemies, nevermind the thought of giving them to my kids.
Does this bother No one else? I worry that the next generation will never have a chance to experience the ease of using a good tool.