The Peugeot family history dates back to a mill in a small village in France around 1793. They have been manufacturing everything from tools to bicycles to peppermills and coffee grinders and much more over the past 160 years.
Peugeot of France created the pepper grinder in 1842. Often copied, but never equaled, the mechanism made of case hardened steel is designed to crack the peppercorns before the actual grinding process. The grooves on the Peugeot mechanism are individually cut into the metal and then case hardened, making them virtually indestructible.