I've always used the old fashioned straight thing for pealing potatoes, apples, carrots....the one with two blades that can run either way on a carrot. It doesn' t help that I don't know the proper name for what I do use.
Now on Top Chef, I've seen contestants using a different pealer, one that has a curved pealing blade and that sort of looks like half of an eyelash crimper (sorry if that is too old fashioned a reference, but there aren't many things that shape).
Anyway, is the TC thing an improvement, what do you call it, and where do you buy it. (Unless it doesn't work.)