I use mine all the time. What I like most is the nice smooth cuts. You save the body of the cheese from damage that a knife might inflict. I highly recommend it. The replacement writes are affordable if you spend a little time researching where to buy online. I can provide you a link should you choose to get one. Each write lasts about a month, but if the break is close enough to the end you can use a needle nose plier to refashion the eye at the end, thus extending the life of the wire. If you cut as many wheels as I do, which is about 80 pounds worth of cheese each week, this is an invaluable tool!