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Old 07-21-2008, 11:41 AM   #1
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Unicorn Magnum Pepper Mill

Has anyone used the Unicorn Magnum Plus pepper mill? It seems to be very highly recommended but is expensive for a mill. The Magnum Plus is a 9" grinder and sells for $45. I was just wondering if anyone thought that it was worth it.

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Old 07-21-2008, 12:05 PM   #2
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Never heard of this one. I'm in the market for a new pepper mill so this is a subject of current interest for me. A little googling shows rave reviews for features and usability. It is even mentioned as a "best" for Cook's Illustrated, which is an authority I have come to (usually) obey.

In my personal opinion, it is very contemporary in appearance, which could be a plus or minus depending on taste. For our primary mill, I personally want a commanding presence that says in a bellow, "Look at me, I've come to crush your pepper!" The Unicorn looks more like it would say, "Eh-hem, excuse me, would you mind if I took a turn at those peppercorns?" So, I guess it depends on what you want YOUR pepper mill to say...
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Old 07-21-2008, 12:18 PM   #3
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I have not used one, but I have heard very good things of the Magnum mills.
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Old 07-21-2008, 12:50 PM   #4
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I'm more interested in how it performs instead of what it has to say. I love fresh ground pepper and always prefer it to pre-ground. Based on what I've read, this mill will produce a lot of freshly ground pepper without a lot of effort. It also sounds like the grind is easy to set and is consistent.
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Old 07-21-2008, 12:57 PM   #5
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Well then go for it. The price isn't outrageous for what I've been seeing pepper mills going for these days. Even those BB&B ones can be $60-$120 (USD). I think $45 is very reasonable, especially if it will save you time and effort in the kitchen. We have a battery-powered one that I like very much, too. If it's a consistent grind you're looking for, you may want to consider one of those.
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Old 07-21-2008, 03:31 PM   #6
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Sounds nice. I'm using a PepperMate mill. I saw that they retail for about $30 US. Found it in a thrift store for $2. It's not a pretty, tabletop mill, but it grinds from very fine to very coarse, and I like very coarsely ground (cracked) pepper. PepperMate pepper mill as seen on the Barefoot Contessa
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Old 07-21-2008, 03:45 PM   #7
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Those small mills with the wind-up crank handle on top produce alot of pepper in a short amount of time.

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Old 07-21-2008, 05:11 PM   #8
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The Magnum is really an excellent pepper mill. It is easy to fill, holds a lot of peppercorns, adjusts to different grinds and isn't messy, because it sits on it's own little coaster. I keep mine next to the stove and am going to buy another for the dining room table.
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:25 PM   #9
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Those small mills with the wind-up crank handle on top produce alot of pepper in a short amount of time.

I have that one .
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Old 09-21-2008, 03:27 PM   #10
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Thumbs up my unicorn

I became a member of this community JUST TO TELL YOU how much I love my Unicorn Magnum. Mine is the 9inch version and hence did not come with the little saucer on which to rest. This thing puts out a PHENOMINAL amount of pepper! I was WAY hessitant over the $45 + shipping, but I have not for one second regreted it. I found that the cheapest place to order was from the manufacturer; $6 s+h I think.
The 9inch version has a larger grinding mechanism. Perhaps the 6inch would be good for a table-but I almost think the full-size would put out too much pepper to season a single serving. It is almost too good to be true. My wife loves it just as much as I do.

OK, I am done preaching.
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