B+ for black walnuts, D for pecans
Mar 15, 2017
I've cracked about a bushel (pre-shelled) of black walnuts with this nut cracker for each of the last few years. I've been pretty satisfied, although if I lost this one, I'd probably try a different design (probably more expensive). It has enough leverage to comfortably crack the black walnuts from most of the trees I've tried, but it's really not adequate for the harder to crack black walnuts I've tried. I'd score this cracker high for the size of black walnut nut pieces I get. It's a very solid nut cracker, and after a few years of use it's still as good as new, and I expect it will last for generations (except probably for the plastic covers on the legs, which I'm sure are necessary to keep from seriously scratching up the table where I normally crack nuts -- they've lasted a few years just fine, though.) I would say the way the handle comes down right next to the cracking part is a design flaw. It's tricky to use without occasionally mashing the knuckles on the lever hand. Where the lever comes down also makes it difficult to use your other hand to hold the nut in position and to kind of catch the pieces as they crack.. This cracker is probably better than a standard hand nut cracker for pecans, but I definitely prefer a much cheaper plunger style cracker for pecans, so I wouldn't recommend this cracker at all for pecans. Unlike black walnuts, it scores poorly for the size of pecan nut pieces. For cracking American (much smaller than standard) hazelnuts I prefer a pair of vise grips. This cracker only gets so small on the narrow end, which limits its usefulness for cracking small nuts and for re-cracking small pieces of nuts that haven't fully released their meat.
A Nutcracker That Cracks Nuts.
Jan 12, 2017
Bought this for my husband (and me) for Christmas this past year. Our 2 Walnut trees were very prolific this fall and our old nut crackers were not going to cut it. Very impressed with the quality and stability of this item. Very little pressure needed and very good control. The handle was a little rough on our hands until my husband cut a finger off an old leather glove and tapped it to the handle. Problem solved. Some sort of covering for the handle would be a good idea for future production otherwise this is a great product and will be getting a lot of use in the coming years.
Mar 18, 2015
I was skeptical after trying 4 different nut crackers on my very hard shelled almonds from my tree. This one was the most expensive, but I would have saved money had I gotten it first! It is the BEST nut cracker and feels like it will last forever. I can crack my almonds open with minimal effort and the nut is always in one piece. I use a towel over the cracker so the shell fragments don't fly everywhere, but I highly recommend this device. I only wish shipping was a little faster.
Feb 28, 2014
My hard-to-buy for husband always wants nuts in the shell at Christmas time, but had bent and destroyed every other nutcracker we had. I bought this for his Christmas present (along with the usual bag of mixed nuts in the shell) and he was both surprised with the gift and very happy with it's performance.
Jan 31, 2014
My favorite nut is a hazelnut and I found this cracker has a bit of trouble with them, partly because they go down between the ridge on the lower bar. Regardless, with effort, I can crack my hazelnuts. I do love the machine, its heft, its no-nonsense appearance. I am happy with it and feel it's a bit improvement over my handheld crackers. It will be a hit at Thanksgiving. My walnut trees should start producing soon, and I'm certain this tool will help with that shelling.
Jan 31, 2014
Used nutcracker on black walnuts. Did well after a little experimentation. Handle not well-designed. Cuts into hand after a bit. Would be better round. OK with an oven mitt for cushion.
Dec 29, 2013
I was hesitant to buy this nut cracker, because it had almost no reviews for macadamia nuts. However, I am completely satisfied. A wonderful investment. Well made, and really uses minimal force for cracking. We have cracked several gallons of macadamia nuts in just our leisure time over Christmas. Would recommend to anyone!
Dec 28, 2013
Wow! I bought this for my mother who wanted a super duper nut cracker she could use without fatiguing her hands. This has been great. We are still figuring out how to crack the nut without crushing it a bit.. In any case, the other good point is although it looks a bit medieval, it doesn't pinch fingers and the movement of the lever is very gentle and steady. It effortlessly crunches walnuts, pecans..
Dec 18, 2013
This is the best and last nutcracker you will ever buy. Extremely easy to use, and does not damage the nut meat. I plowed through 10 pounds of filberts and a box of walnuts very quickly. So easy and fast. Don't waste your time with any other nutcracker.
Dec 14, 2013
Just finished shelling two bags of pecans and it was no trouble at all.
Dec 10, 2013
Works great. I wish we had purchased one years ago.
Nov 16, 2013
Wow! This works great- very easy to use! Even a 4 yr old can use it (we tried! - under supervision). It's much better than using a hammer & anvil. One caveat - be careful to not go too fast and smash the nut. It's great that it is built in the USA!
Oct 26, 2013
Works way better than a hammer on black walnuts. I get a lot of large nutmeats, not just chips that I have mostly got when using a hammer. It's good to put a 3-sided shield of cardboard about 12 inches high around the nutcracker as you work so shells don't shoot all over the room as they sometimes do. If I have trouble with cracking a nut, I just position it differently. If the nut just cracks in half without releasing the nutmeat, I crack each half. I'm very satisfied.
Oct 18, 2013
Best nut cracker I have ever used. When I was at home we had to use a hammer and it took us for ever. We used this one as soon as we got it out off the box. I was really shock to see how easy it was to use. And it was made in the good old U.S.A. GREAT TOOL!
Sep 26, 2013
All I can say is WOW! Had the nutcracker out of the box and cracking black walnuts in just a couple of minutes. Even with the stiff, sore hands, it was almost effortless. Cracked three nuts in approximately 45 seconds. What a difference between this and the old hammer technique. Fantastic. My only suggestion is to round off the corners or add some kind of cover to the end of the handle. I'm especially glad to see it is American made, and am recommending this product (and your website) to everyone!
Feb 11, 2013
This is without a doubt the best nutcracker I have ever owned or used! Bought it specifically to crack black walnuts and it is perfect.
Jan 4, 2013
Wow!!! Very well built & works exactly like the site says it does,needs care info would very much like to maintain this very well built product.
Dec 24, 2012
This nut cracker is very well made and smartly designed. I haven't used it to crack hazelnuts or English walnuts, but it might be perfect for those nuts. I have used it for pecans, black walnuts, and hickories. It has more than enough power for pecans, and I like the high degree of control you have compared to other designs, but despite that great control the shape of the metal where it holds the nut in place leads to almost every pecan meat getting crushed by the time the shell is cracked. We still use one of the cheap plunger type crackers (which leave plenty of room for improvement) for pecans even though we have this more expensive cracker. The design is excellent for black walnuts and hickories, but it needs to be a little bigger with a little more leverage to comfortably crack most black walnuts and hickories. It does great with the easier cracking end of the spectrum, but I have to really muscle some black walnuts (which doesn't feel especially safe) and some black walnuts I haven't been able to crack at all with this device.
Nov 21, 2012
Just bought this nutcracker to crack Black walnuts. We had been using a hammer to break them open on a brick, This is a wonderful tool. Effortless, heavy duty, and very well built out of tubular steel. I expect this will last me a lifetime. Takes those black walnuts down so easy, I have to hide them cause the kids are cracking them and eating them all on their own.
Nov 12, 2012
I bought this nutcracker from Lehman's a couple of years ago since I have a hazelnut bush and while it does a decent job it could sure use the ridges that are on the top half on the bottom half also. This would be a GREAT nutcracker if it had that feature. As it is now I have to hold the nut in place with one hand and and push down the crack lever with the other or else the hazelnut goes shooting across the room when pressure is applied.
Nov 8, 2012
I've used it on, and it works well, with black walnuts, macadamia, hickory and pecans. No readjusting a screw for different sized nuts/pieces, just move the nut to the more narrow section of the wedge. Little danger of pinching fingers, as distance angled crushing bar moves is very small. Comes with clear plastic covers (short tube segments) which slide over metal feet to protect counter/table. Excellent build quality, expect it will last a lifetime.
Oct 19, 2012
This is the best nutcracker I have ever used. If you have any hesitation about this product, don't. Having researched a better way to crack all the pecans my tree produced this year this was the winner and it works. On the box it says Get Crackin Nutcracker and my freezer is filling up.
Oct 18, 2012
I've had one of these for several years and it's the best for black walnuts of all sizes. Gives you easy control over the amount of pressure you apply to the shell with a small amount of actual force against the lever.
Oct 4, 2012
Outstanding product! I bought it to shell black walnuts (2 large boxes hulled and dried). After getting used to it and a little work on technique I was able to crack the walnuts quickly and completely. Even my little niece (4 yrs old) was able to crack black walnuts and help with the processing after a little practice. The only problem I had was the thicker shells would really fly when cracked. I solved this by simply using the nutcracker in the cleaned delivery box with a little tape to keep the flaps down.
Apr 9, 2012
I work in manufacturing, so I thought I would buy a slightly more industrial nutcracker than the little soldiers and squirrels I see everywhere. This thing is SO WELL MADE. Trust me, as soon as I got it out of the box, I inspected every single component and every weld. (Hee-hee... WELDING! On A NUTCRACKER!) I thought it would be functional but unsightly, but the design is actually so simple and elegant, I'm going to keep it on my desk. Also, it does a spectacular job of cracking the almonds and walnuts I happened to have on hand. I was a little wary of the potential to pinch a finger in such a heavy-duty industrial device, but it is so well designed that it isn't even really a possibility. I'm definitely seeking out some black walnuts because hey, why not? I have the power! I think I'm going to design a special coffee table and mount one of these to it at my house. Industrial chic + healthy snack = joy!
Feb 26, 2012
I bought one of these crackers for myself for Christmas. I had used my brothers cracker is the past, it is a different make. This cracker blows his away! The only thing I might change would be to add a small return spring to the handle. It has enough leverage that when the handle drops down with your fingers in the wrong spot you can get a good hard pinch. I would definately recommend this to everyone!
Jan 4, 2012
Your nutcracker (Item# 16455) is by far and away the best nutcracker ever! We have used it for walnuts (60 lbs.), hazelnuts, and the ever-dreadful-to-crack Brazil Nuts. It is easy on the arm, reduces incoming shells to the barest minimum, and leaves beautiful walnut halves and uncrushed filberts. Everyone in the family now has one. It is worth every penny and more.
Dec 26, 2011
We have used this nut cracker primarily for hickory nuts. It will crack most hickory nuts easily; some require a little more effort. It is well make and sturdy. I plan to add a wood handle as the metal bar is a little uncomfortable after awhile. Or you could slip a piece of tubing over the handle as well. It helps to oil it once in a while. It is strange that it is rated to last a lifetime but only guaranteed for a year. With a little care (oiling) I think it would last a lifetime.
Dec 5, 2011
I ordered this last month and we have cracked many pecans since we received it! It is wonderful..effortless! I would recommend this to anyone!
Nov 26, 2011
My husband requested a nutcracker for black walnuts after we were gifted with many buckets of them this year. I searched everywhere locally, and found this one online. The reviews said it would crack black walnuts so we ordered it. We were NOT DISAPPOINTED! My husband says it makes light work of them, especially compared to how he was cracking them, with a hammer. This product is so well made and sturdy, I'm sure it will last our lifetime and more. Thanks for a wonderful product that does what it says it will do!
Nov 11, 2011
Excellent nutcracker, easy to use, I think I'll mount mine permantly to a board. Does an excellent job on black walnuts and I know it would do a good job on any other nut. Would highly recomend this product. Best buy for the money.
Feb 8, 2011
I received one for a gift and have since bought 2 for gifts to others. Great product.
Jan 22, 2011
Awesome product. We normally get the mixed nut bag at Sams. This bag contains walnuts, brazil nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans......nutcracker is perfect for all nuts above. I can even crack a brazilian nut and get one piece.
Jan 3, 2011
Husband purchased this for me as a Christmas gift. Very sturdy nutcracker! Can handle any nut. I use it mostly for pecans and it does take a little time to perfect your technique so as not to crush the meat of the nut. Highly recommend!
Dec 20, 2010
Absolutely love this nutcracker!! I bought one for my family and one for my inlaws. I purchased this nutcracker to crack small and large hickory nuts and black walnuts. Works like a dream! This nutcracker is easy to work (my young children love to use it)and the handle requires very little force. The small hickory nuts are sometimes too small to crack completely, but it cracks black walnuts with hardly any effort. I have not tried it with softer nuts since I have a basic, hand-held cracker for those. As I said, I bought this product for hickory nuts and walnuts from my yard that otherwise require a hammer to crack. I would definitely recommend this nutcracker!
Dec 16, 2010
good basic design, but could be improved if it would hold onto the nuts and their shells better. I keep picking up nut shells off the floor.
Dec 2, 2010
cracks the hard to crack nuts good quality.
Nov 19, 2010
Works great, simple functional.
Nov 2, 2010
This nutcracker was faster to use than my Reed's Rocket & Texas Two-Step nut crackers. And there was a lot more leverage making it easier to crack English walnuts. However, it is not as easy to use as described. It took some time to learn how to crack walnuts without crushing them too much. The other nutcrackers were better at cracking walnuts without smashing the meat, but they took a lot of time to adjust between different size walnuts.
Oct 26, 2010
Very good nutcracker. We bought it for pecans, some of which are too small. Works great on average size pecans, etc.
Oct 15, 2010
10 times better than hand held nutcracker. Very little effort needed to crack even the hardest black walnuts. Doesn't do a commercial grade job of keeping the nut meats in one piece, BUT the pieces are much larger than with hand held crackers. I've used this cracker mostly on pecans.
Oct 12, 2010
I am thrilled with this nutcracker. It is very quick and easy to use, and it has cracked many nuts for me, without any problems to speak of. When cracking nuts, pieces of the shell can become projectiles, so be careful when using. This is a serious tool that is well designed, well constructed, and built to last. Thank you.
Mar 30, 2010
omg omg omg, if i could give it 10 lanterns i would!!! this thing cracks the ever living crap out of black and white walnuts, and my giant hickory nuts are like butter. if you are looking for a serious nutcracker don't waste 100$ buy this one it friggen rocks!!!
Dec 23, 2009
This nutcracker ROCKS! I bought 2 others from stores and they sent the nuts flying across the room, plus they crushed the nuts completely and made a huge mess. This one is amazingly elegant. I cannot recommend it enough!
Nov 23, 2009
We have two huge English Walnut trees andfour nutcrackers. Your Get Crackin device is by far the easiest and best cracker we have ever encountered. Well worth the price!