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There are three inexpensive tools that are essential for pie making (besides the obvious pie dish and rolling pin): a handheld pastry-blender—the Elsens recommend this over a food processor so you don’t overwork the dough; a pizza cutter—this is genius for cutting out a lattice top! I’ve always used a knife before, but the pizza cutter makes much cleaner cuts; and a bench scraper, for cutting your butter, dividing your dough into sections and cleaning off your work surface.