Prototype Pineapple Peeler

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Prototype version of Ray Ashdown's pineapple peeler. Flat pineapple shape made of galvanised steel, handle on back. Nail spike at one end as pivot point. 1st blade fixed (to remove core). 2nd blade adjustable (with outer guide) to trim pineapple skin.
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food Preparation pineapple peeler
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L155 x W73 x H56mm
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Steel (Metals - Ferrous)
History and use
Ray Ashdown of Brisbane invented the pineapple peeler in 1971 after watching his wife cutting the peel off a pineapple before slicing it. Noticing a great deal of wasted energy and wasted pineapple, Ray developed a prototype for a peeler that was adjustable to any sized fruit.

Ray took his prototype to the ABC "Inventors" programme, where it was featured in 1970. It received an enthusiastic response.

The peeler was developed, patented and manufactured. The final product was made with yellow plastic. It made a colourful and useful addition to Queensland kitchen drawers and was sold all over the world

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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