I don't know when it happened exactly, but at some point in my life, I became obsessed with finding a corn stripping gadget that works. It's not that I really need one - a knife works fine for me - but there are a lot of corn strippers on the market, and it's always frustrated me that none worked well. In my experience, they generally mangled the corn, rather than neatly slicing it from the cob. So over the years, whenever I crossed paths with a new corn gadget, I'd give it a try. At this point, I've tested at least a dozen of these corn strippers, usually with disappointing results.
A couple of weeks ago, one of our advertisers, Kuhn Rikon, sent a sample of their newest corn stripper model. Ever the skeptic, I whisked it away to the test kitchen and introduced it to an ear of corn. Much to my delight, it worked pretty well. After a little practice at getting the pressure right, I found that it pretty neatly sliced the kernels from the corn cob without much effort right into a bowl set underneath the cob. And the best part is that it's not a bulky contraption. At about the size of a large-ish y-shaped peeler, it fits into a kitchen tool drawer without any hassle. If you want to see for yourself, it's available at Cooking.com for about $12.