Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Silver Spider

I bought this sleek nut racker in a charming little town in Bavaria called Lauf last summer. Glinting brightly in dazzling chrome, the Philippi Spider Nut Cracker cuts a sharp, menacing profile, looking a lot like a streamlined squid. It's the perfect form for enclosing wallnut-sized prey and because of it's third leg, it avoids the usual problem of the nut popping out of one side of the cracker. All three legs (arms?) pivot open fully, maybe a little too easily, making handling a tad unwieldy until you get the hang of it. The packaging claims it's designed primarily for cracking walnuts rather than seafood, inspite of its crab claw looks.

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