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A pizza cutter to write home to Mama about

Frankie Floods gives a mass-produced product some hand-made quality.

Frankie Flood via BoingBoing

I recently made my first homemade pizza for a dinner with friends, and was forced to come to terms with the fact that my three-year-old dollar-store pizza cutter is on its little, last, pathetic legs. Or last axle, if we're being literal.

During an intensive course of Internet research for a replacement cutter, I stumbled upon a line designed by Frankie Flood. Flood's designs often tend toward cool aesthetics and away from functionality, but this baby looks like it would actually work well. Although I may not be purchasing one to serve practical purposes, it's definitely worthy of a CNET nod.

The model shown here is called the Gold Knuckle, and it's one of the dozen or so designs that are featured on Frankie's Web site. Flood explains on the site that his work is an exploration of the role single-use gadgets play in a society that relies so heavily on mass production. Coming from a machining background, Flood is attempting to showcase the artistry under the surface of utilitarian objects.

You can read more about Frankie Flood and see his other designs on his site.