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Duke is King
on May 31, 2007
This is the last nut cracker you will ever need. It's even endorsed by her highness, Martha Stewart.
We annually recieve a big bag of black walnuts from friends who have a tree in their yard. They are very good eating, much better than store bought walnuts. However, shelling them is often more trouble than it's worth, as black walnuts are among the toughest nuts to crack.
Then we heard about this inexpensive device, so we picked one up, and it works very well. You'll be amazed, it will leave the whole meat intact a high percentage of the time. It adjusts to fit a wide range of nut sizes, and it allows for a great deal of leverage to be applied to the nut being cracked without being unwieldy.
The only downside I can see is that is will sometimes send shell fragments flying at high speeds and for long distances. I'd recommend either doing your shelling outside, or using it in the nice box it comes in which will contain most of the projectile shell fragments. You might even consider safety glasses. (EDIT: We ordered another one of these for said friends with said tree, and theirs did not come in the same type box. You might have to cut open a long side flap to use it like I suggested.)
Overall, if you're in the market for a nutcracker, you can't go wrong with this one.