There is something really attractive about the beautiful rustic design of this manual nutcracker

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The ANVIL looks like the nutcracker you would get when you combine Flintstones with Alessi. It’s functional yet fun, and doesn’t compromise the ability to crack nuts. You don’t need a manual to use it, and it’s designed in such a foolproof way you’ll get it right every time.

Created by Düsseldorf-based designer Lennart Ebert, the ANVIL is both old-fashioned and modern, aesthetic and practical. Its two-part design is modeled on the basic theory of a mortar and pestle – with a base to hold the nut and heavy weight to break the outer shell of the nut. The design, however, comes with a cup to hold the nut, a tray to collect the broken shell fragments, and a hollow-based pestle that makes it easier to crack the nut.

The name ANVIL probably comes from the large block of cast iron used by metallurgists. The nutcracker has a similar “heavy looking” design and also features a lightly textured metal surface. Much like a blacksmith hammers hot molten metal onto an anvil, the ANVIL allows you to hammer a nut, shattering its tough outer shell to reveal the edible nut inside. It helps that the ANVIL also comes with a nice wooden handle. Not only is it more comfortable to hold, but it also creates a beautiful visual contrast with its smooth surface and wood grain pattern against the rough-looking coarse metal body of the nutcracker. It is probably no coincidence that the handle is also made of walnut wood!

Designer: Lennart Ebert


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