The Pampered Chef Hold 'N Slice is a great little tool that protects your fingers while you're slicing foods. It is really simple to use. Holding on to the handle, you push the prongs into the food you're going to slice. Then you just hold the food in place with the Hold 'N Slice while you use your other hand to slice the food. By holding the food steady, you're more likely to have even slices, and since you're holding the handle of the tool rather than the food, you're less likely to slice your fingertips. I find this tool works really well with slippery or odd-shaped foods (such as tomatoes). If your hands aren't steady or if you have a tendency to nick yourself when cutting, do yourself a favor and buy this inexpensive little item from Pampered Chef. Just be careful when you're using it, because those prongs are very sharp! Ease of Cleaning This item is dishwasher-safe and easy to clean in the dishwasher or by hand (just use caution with the sharp prongs when washing, drying or removing from the dishwasher). Design The size and shape fit my hand nicely.