Peugeot created the pepper mill in 1842, long before it made motor cars. Over 150 years later, Peugeot is still a leader in pepper mills, salt mills, and coffee mills. Each milling mechanism has milling and channeling grooves cut into the metal. The channeling groves are designed to line up the peppercorns with the grinding grooves to crack the corns before the fine grinding process. The mechanism is case-hardened steel and will hold up to a lifetime of heavy use. Peugeot manufactures in France and Germany.