I recently moved to New York from Oregon, and my fellow SAVEUR test kitchen interns have been quick to point out my Pacific Northwest peculiarities—like my love of truffle shavers. It could be my Oregon truffle roots, but I find they’re the perfect tool for any small, quick slicing and shaving jobs. The best one I’ve found is the German-made Matfer Bourgeat truffle slicer: The blade is sharp, the attached stand adds stability, the ergonomic curve of the frame allows for speedy work, and you can adjust the thickness of your slice with the turn of a knob. While recipe testing, I was able to slice a mountain of Yukon Gold potatoes in a matter of minutes. Shallots, garlic, mushrooms, chocolate, limes, galangal, Parmigiano Reggiano: This slicer can handle everything the test kitchen throws at it—and more.
Matfer Bourgeat Truffle Slicer, $69.95 at knifemerchant.com.