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


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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