OXO Good Grips Pie Server


This pie server has a triangular off set stainless steel head used to slice and serve pie and OXO’s signature black rubber grip handle with flexible rubber “fins” on both sides of the base of the handle and a hole for hanging the utensil at the end of the handle. In later models of the pie server the blade is serrated on both sides for added ease of use for both right- and left-handed people. This pie server was part of a set of OXO tools used for many years by Elsa Edwards, who developed arthritis but continued to enjoy cooking.

The idea behind OXO Good Grips kitchen tools came to Sam Farber while on vacation. He observed his wife Betsy, who suffered from arthritis, struggling with metal handled kitchen tools. He made a few models of new handle styles and, after returning home to New York, the Farbers worked with the design firm Smart Design to develop OXO Good Grips.

Introduced in 1990, the first Good Grips implements featured contoured rubber handles with flexible “fins” modeled after the grips on bicycle handlebars. These handles were featured in the original line of fifteen products including a vegetable peeler, can opener, and an orange zester. OXO products follow the Universal Design philosophy in which designers take into consideration the greatest variety of needs in order to create products that are usable by as many people as possible. Even the OXO name was chosen with these design principles in mind because it reads the same horizontally, vertically, upside down, or backwards. OXO ads emphasized the comfort and ease of the handles, telling customers to “Hold the tools the way you want to hold them, not some way you’re forced to hold them.”

Maker: OXO

Subject: Food Culture


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Food, FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000

Exhibition: Food: Transforming the American Table

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: gift of Elsa Edwards

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2011.0211.04Catalog Number: 2011.0211.04Accession Number: 2011.0211

Object Name: server, pie

Physical Description: metal (overall material)rubber (overall material)plastic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 9 1/4 in; 23.495 cmhandle: 4 in x 1 7/16 in; 10.16 cm x 3.65125 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-7903-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1417722

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