The new slicers arrived just before Christmas. I hadn't had a chance to go look at them until today. All is can say is that they are pretty awesome. One will go in the store (on it's own matching stand), and one will go on the back bar in the restaurant for slicing Prosciutto San Daniele.
Our slicers are brand new reproductions of the antique Berkel slicers that ceased production in the 1950's. Many believe this slicer is the only tool that should be used to slice fine cured meats. They don't use any electricity as they are powered by turning the flywheel. Although electric slicers may be faster, many culinary aficionados claim the heat caused by the high speed blades “cooks” the meticulously produced meats.