There are about 5 main types when it comes to the most popular and useful pizza cutter styles. Finding the style and fit for your needs takes some time. The pizza cutter styles are ever-changing, new and consist of interesting designs. Some pizza cutters that can be found today make statements as functioning works of art. Here are the five core types of cutters that one may find:
This trusty favorite has many adaptations today making it more useful and interesting than ever. The tool has been reinvented many times with new adaptations like blade covers, long handles, large radius blades, non-stick surfaces, custom designs, and more. Although this is a classic, it's important to remember these types of cutters only can handle the radius of their blade in pizza thickness. If you see that your pizza rises beyond the middle of the cutter, do not proceed to murder your pizza with an insufficient tool. Cutting through a pizza that is taller than the wheel's center (this can normally be found where the handle connects with the wheel) will literally tear a destructive path of sauce and toppings across a landscape of crushed bread where the churning buried wheel flips helpless toppings aside in a nightmare of tasty Italian chaos.
Commonly used by restaurants, speed of the cut combined with simple strong design creates overall durability for a long lasting tool that doesn't need to be replaced often and is cleaned easily. Commercial applications are an obvious fit, but many pizza restaurants incorporate new styles as well, especially when the cutter is part of the presentation of the dish like in buffets or open kitchens. This awesome blade is also great at home and can be used to cut veggies and herbs like magic.
What about the mathematically obsessive-compulsive, a store that needs to be able to cut multiple pies in a short time period, or those of us who are at home flat out lazy? This type of pizza cutter allows you to combine your faults… or needs, into the perfect device to reinforce your habits. The all-in-one punch devices allow you to place the entire cutter on top of the pizza and press down giving you 100% accurate angles in a single press for equal slice distribution. The only real downside to these is that it can take considerable weight to get a perfect cut depending on your crust thickness, lucky that's a problem easily remedied by consuming more pizza. This bad boy is a favorite in the industry cutting through pies perfectly in a matter of seconds.
Hybrid Pizza Cutter:
These combine multiple tools into the same device, just like the spatula/scissors combo. Some hybrids combine even more functions into the same cutter until you basically have a Swiss army knife of pizza tools.
In the end the perfect pizza cutter for whatever special pie you are making is most likely something that best reflects the necessities of your pizza habits or business. There exists enough variety of styles for you to find something very unique and non-traditional if you're ready to take you pizza slicing to the next level of awesome. Keep in mind when shopping that the best part of the cutter has always got to be the blade. Share your favorites or tell us which ones to avoid. Share your pictures of cool cutters that you own or have seen.