Don’t be fooled by imitations. This microplane by Microplane® is very sharp. I don’t leave home without it! I use it to finely grate citrus peel, cheese, whole spices like nutmeg, and fresh garlic cloves. I prefer the model with the handle as I find it easier to grasp over bowls and tap to remove gratings etc. I have tried less expensive imitators. I find them dull and a challenge to use…go for the name on this one.