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Caretta Shellfish Pliers

Let’s Get Cracking

Foods that come in a shell can be intimidating. One wrong move and you’ve sent a walnut shell sailing across the room or squirted lobster juice in someone’s eye. As a host, you could avoid serving any projectile-prone nuts or boiled crustaceans… or you could keep them on the menu and celebrate their quirky armor. With the right tools, the ritual of shelling nuts and cracking shellfish is as enjoyable as the prizes inside the hulls.

Friends since childhood, Swedish designers Oscar Löwenhielm and Erik von Schoultz
reinvented the traditional nutcracker when they founded Drosselmeyer Design Group (which is named after a character in The Nutcracker ballet). Their creation uses a double lever to swiftly crush even the hardest nut shells without requiring a herculean effort. A cone-shaped chamber catches the shells to avoid spraying fragments, and most of the meat of the nut stays intact since the cracking bar doesn’t penetrate past the shell. The entire cracking assembly, made of die-cast zinc, is detachable for easy cleaning.

After the success of their innovative nutcracker, Oscar and Erik turned their attention to sea creatures. Their Caretta shellfish pliers have a spring-loaded handle and use the same double-levered action to crack lobsters, crabs and crayfish. The stainless-steel gadget has serrated teeth to securely hold your shellfish while the shell is crushed from underneath, so the meat isn’t smashed and any sea juices flow onto the plate.

Sleek, durable and effective, Drosselmeyer’s nutcracker and seafood pliers get the job done with impeccable style. Design and function are brilliantly interwoven.

-- Ann
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  • Oscar
    Oscar

    Shelling nuts was almost certainly one of the world’s first domestic challenges. In fact pitted stones used for cracking nuts have been found in various parts of the United States and Europe and have been dated back to the Archaic Period, 4,000 to 8,000 years ago. This might explain why there are over two hundred registered patents for nutcrackers.

    We are very pleased to introduce the Swedish made Drosselmeyer nutcracker. It is the first hand-held nutcracker to have a double-lever action and a container to collect broken shells. This makes it easy and clean to use. The Drosselmeyer has been precision designed, in just three simple pieces, so that it functions smoothly and will last a lifetime. We hope that we have found the perfect solution to this ancient problem and that our ancestors would be proud. We would also like to wish all Daily Grommet’s followers a merry Christmas.

  • Marilyn
    Marilyn
    12/10/12 12:20 PM

    Does is work on Macadamia nuts?

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    12/10/12 12:30 PM

    hello Marilyn

    a valid question indeed. Just recently we made a small change in the lever only to accomdate the very hard macadamian nut, and it will work well as long as the nuts are not too big and end up in the higher section of the cone. mac nuts are extremely hard../all best Oscar

  •  Karen
    Karen
    12/10/12 12:40 PM

    How well does it work on hickory nuts?

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    12/10/12 12:45 PM

    @ Karen

    good question that I can't answer. I had to google the word only to discover that we dont have them in Sweden. But if they are anything close to the traditional nuts,ie hard shells with a nut inside, I cant see why it wouldnt work. I will let someone who has tried this comment further. / Oscar

  •  Andre
    Andre
    12/10/12 2:13 PM

    Hi Oscar,

    This really looks great. With other shellfish crackers I've used, I sometimes get little pieces of shell pushed into the meat. Does your Caretta fix this?

    PS. I love your FreeKey as well. Bought a bunch from the dailygrommet and they are a true lifesaver.

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    12/10/12 2:21 PM

    @ Andre

    thanks for the comments Andre. The Caretta reduces this problem significantly due to the sharp and slim bottom jaw and double teethed upper jaw. Just place the claw deep into the jaw and give it a squeeze. Voilá. take care Oscar

  • Otto
    Otto
    12/10/12 2:52 PM

    Hi there. Clever stuff. I have a small kid can I let her crack nuts with a Drosselmeyer without fearing for her fingers? And if yes, is it fairtrade? I would not like to buy a product that was made with child labour.

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    12/10/12 3:05 PM

    @Otto

    Children love to crack nuts. It's a totally accepted way of breaking something, and cannot be mistaken watching the joy on their face when succeeding. I used to have my 5year old on tradeshows, just to show how well it works. Start with easier nuts, such as hazel nuts and move from there. All parts are made in Sweden and the closest to child in this production line would be me. :) all best to you/Oscar

  • Otto
    Otto
    12/10/12 3:09 PM

    @Oscar Löwenhielm

    Glad to hear that not EVERYTHING is made in asia these days...

  •  Fritz
    Fritz
    12/10/12 3:14 PM

    Hi there, can I get this product in Germany? And how long does delivery take? Only two weeks to x-mas and haven't organized any gifts yet, so it's kind of urgent. Your Nutcracker could be the perfect solution. Merry x-mas and ho ho ho.

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    12/10/12 3:26 PM

    @ Fritz

    Most definately, there are several German outlets. Make a quick search on internet and work it. good luck!

  •  RuthAnn
    RuthAnn
    12/10/12 10:53 PM

    will this nutcracker work on the notoriously hard shelled macadamia?

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    12/11/12 2:15 AM

    @ RuthAnn

    scroll down and see my answer to this question eariler. We have found that cracking mac nuts needs disproportionately much applied force. therefore slower methods are more reliable, ie a screw appliance or the like. Drosselmeyer is a clean and fast way of cracking nuts without hurting yourself. The smaller sized Macadamian nuts work finemsince they are place in bottom of cone where most force is applied. best regards Oscar

  • Oscar
    Oscar – Special Guest
    12/11/12 2:15 AM

    @ RuthAnn

    scroll down and see my answer to this question eariler. We have found that cracking mac nuts needs disproportionately much applied force. therefore slower methods are more reliable, ie a screw appliance or the like. Drosselmeyer is a clean and fast way of cracking nuts without hurting yourself. The smaller sized Macadamian nuts work finemsince they are place in bottom of cone where most force is applied. best regards Oscar

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