Microplane is a registered trademark[citation needed] of Grace Manufacturing Inc., a company that makes photo etched steel tools (surform tools) for grating, grinding and sanding. It was created by Richard Grace in the mid-'90s. Grace set out to make a wood-carving rasper[1] and ended up with a new invention, which in 1991 would come to be called Microplane.[2]

Kitchen graters

A Microplane grater/zester in use
A Microplane grater/zester in use

Microplane graters are used for the grating of various food items, such as nutmeg and cheese, and also as zesters for citrus fruit.

Wood rasps

Microplane originally made wood rasps and shaving disks, and they still do.

Further reading


  1. ^ Edge, John T. (2011-01-11). "How the Microplane Grater Escaped the Garage". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-05-04.
  2. ^ Price, Will (2022-02-13). "One of the World's Most Popular Kitchen Tools Was a Complete Fluke". Gear Patrol. Retrieved 2022-05-04.