The Microplane Stainless Steel Zester is a compact tool that packs a punch in the kitchen, offering grating functionality for everything from citrus zest to hard cheeses. This Microplane grater is easy to use - play it like a violin, easily stroking it across your desired food to make fine, delicious zest for your next meal. Dishwasher safe, the Microplane Zester is convenient, durable, and a must have for your kitchen. Why Microplane? It boils down to quality construction. Unlike some lower quality or stamped graters, Microplane uses a proprietary chemical etching process to create a cutting edge that is incredibly sharp and stays that way.