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i Genietti

Angurello Watermelon Slicer & Server

Perfect Pieces

Watermelon is delicious, but cutting one up usually ends with an epic mess. Angurello is a watermelon slicer that cuts pieces neatly and evenly in one motion, even pulling the slice out for you.

It’s like a knife and tongs combined into one stainless steel tool—you can cut, lift, and serve while keeping your hands clean. All of that watermelon juice stays contained inside the rind.

This tool is designed in Tuscany by a third
generation family company, i Genietti, Italian for “The Geniuses.” This group of stainless steel specialists come up with clever, creative solutions for everyday tasks.

Angurello is so elegant that, sadly, the counterfeit goods market quickly took notice. You may see cheaper imitations out there, but the quality—and the integrity—is inferior. Buying knockoffs often suffocates the very kind of innovation that The Grommet supports.

Our community is about what we call Citizen Commerce®—voting with your dollars to create the kind of world you want to live in. i Genietti is a hard-working, problem-solving family business that deserves to reap the benefits of its ideas. Run an Angurello through your next watermelon and you’ll see.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Michael
    Michael

    Hi, Michael here, representing the Angurello! Angurello came from the crazy creatives at i Genietti in Tuscany, Italy—a 3rd generation family company. i Genietti creates a thousand and one gadgets to make life more fun and food prep a little easier. We've been in the U.S. for just under a year and are delighted to be partnering with The Grommet!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/29/2016 3:58 PM

    Michael, Angurello and specifically i Genietti has been the target of counterfeit products over the last week. People are creating knock offs, selling them at discount prices, and even using your photography to market themselves as legitimate. What was your initial response to seeing this happen and, more importantly, what do you say to those who stole your idea?

  • Michael
    Michael – Special Guest
    3/30/2016 3:49 PM

    That’s a great question Mike.

    To say we were shocked and disappointed would be a major understatement. We have always been driven by complete originality, respect for others and their ideas. Our feelings have shifted to something a lot more positive as we knew we were launching on The Grommet, an awesome launchpad for creativity and value.

    We guarantee our products and stand behind them, whereas products bought on the internet in general cannot currently be verified as legitimately ours. While we are taking aggressive legal action against counterfeiters, we know that we can offer The Grommet guest an amazing and original product that is functional and fun that is designed and manufactured by US!

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen
    3/31/2016 10:46 AM

    I am disappointed. I was going to ask if there would be a discount on a multiple purchase. In checking the details, I see that it is made in China. I was sort of tricked by your last statement above that said 'manufactured by US!' Certainly my misunderstanding but still disappointed that this is an item from China that I will not be purchasing.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 10:50 AM

    Hi Kathleen, we always appreciate folks sticking to their shopping values and if American made products is one of them, by all means, check out our collection of products that adhere to that value.

    I will say, i Genietti is an Italian company just debuting in the U.S. Manufacturing in China, much closer to home, makes more sense than a country they are just now selling in.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    3/31/2016 12:16 PM

    @Mike You may want to check distances. I can understand that there are reasons to manufacture in China, but it is not THAT much closer to Italy than the US.

  • Hugh
    Hugh
    3/31/2016 12:56 PM

    Kathleen, thank you so much for your comment. I love the tool and was going to purchase, until you pointed out the Made in China. I trusted the statement from Michael "...and manufactured by US!" but now feel deceived and will not buy. Sorry!

  • Wallace
    Wallace
    3/31/2016 12:59 PM

    You feel deceived because you didn't read correctly? Weird. I'm carving my watermelon like a champ. Have fun with the mess.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 1:06 PM

    Hi Lisa, it is more a point of China being much more accessible to a company that has never sold here in the U.S. before recently. And Hugh, I can understand the confusion, but we are not trying to deceive you. Michael was making clear that this product here on site is made by i Genietti not an imposter.

  • Hugh
    Hugh
    3/31/2016 1:53 PM

    @Mike

    Thanks for the clarification, will reconsider

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    3/30/2016 11:26 AM

    Hi folks, Grommet CEO here. As you heard in the video or read above, i Genietti stares at a massive challenge from cheap counterfeits. It's disheartening to see innovation treated like this, but unfortunately, counterfeiting is a problem many Makers face on their way to market. It's especially upsetting to see it happen to a third generation family company debuting in the U.S.

    But we can do more than wring our hands. This situation presents us with an important choice. We can shop at a well-known ginormous site brazenly offering cheap imitations every single day across thousands of products, including knock-offs of today’s Grommet. Or we can vote with our dollars and truly support this Maker and their brilliant idea right here. This is what we mean when we talk about Citizen Commerce and here it is live in action.

    Citizen Commerce includes standing up to frauds and soulless large online retailers who hijack the entrepreneurial spirit for a quick profit. It means standing firm in the values you believe in. It's what we stand for every day. You can trust us to ferret out the imitators, as we have done today. We ask for your support of i Genietti.

  • Dennis
    Dennis
    3/31/2016 10:36 AM

    Sorry to hear about the counterfeiting of your product(s). Unfortunately your problem is just the "tip of the iceberg." Thousands of counterfeit products are arriving at our shores annually. Our efforts to stop this seem to be the same as our "war on drugs." Now to get to my reason for commenting about your product.

    Is this product capable of being used on c antelope or honey dew melons or is it too large?

  • Siobhan
    Siobhan – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 11:45 AM

    @Dennis I was one of the testers of this product. We used it on cantaloupes, honeydew melons and watermelons. It worked for all although when the cantaloupe was extra ripe and soft, it was a little more difficult to use the tool to lift it out of the melon.

  • K
    K
    3/31/2016 11:47 AM

    @Jules

    The counterfeiting is likely occurring because they made it is China!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 11:48 AM

    It's very possible, K. I think the real reason it is counterfeited is because it is so innovative. But it just goes to show you how difficult it is to get a product manufactured and to market. It's more cost-effective in China, but there is a risk to be run.

  • Glenda
    Glenda
    3/31/2016 10:30 AM

    Why so expensive they have the Meglio Stainless Steel Watermelon slicer and corer for $11.00 at Choxi.com

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 10:38 AM

    Hi Glenda, the short answer is Meglio is a counterfeit of Angurello and we are not a deal site. We are actually trying to support the companies that make these great products.

    For the long answer, I'll refer you to the comment from Jules, our CEO, above.

  • Ken
    Ken
    3/31/2016 12:21 PM

    @Mike What is the size? I'm trying to find a space in my gadget drawer.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 12:47 PM

    8.5" x 2.5" x 1.5"

  • Wendy
    Wendy
    3/31/2016 10:40 AM

    What are the notches on the side for? Do they serve a function? I think this is a really neat idea, but I'm not crazy about adding a tool to my kitchen that only serves one purpose. What else does it do? I'm also disappointed that it's another "made in china" item.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 10:43 AM

    Hi Wendy, I'll let Michael speak to the design and functionality of the product. As far as the location of manufacture, i Genietti is an Italian company so it makes more sense for them to seek options closer to home.

  • Fern
    Fern
    3/31/2016 11:07 AM

    @Mike I'm interested in knowing what the notches are for too.

  • Drew
    Drew
    3/31/2016 11:31 AM

    @Fern @Mike @Jules @ Michael Did anyone find out what the notches are for? I don't see a reply to that from Michael

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 11:33 AM

    Hi everyone, the notches on the sides help the tool grab a slice by increasing the surface area and giving the watermelon flesh an opportunity to squeeze into the tool rather than slip off. The thin bar at the top cuts through the bottom against the rind.

  • Jeffrey
    Jeffrey
    3/31/2016 12:04 PM

    @Mike Mike - what is the minimum diameter of a melon that this tool could be used on? We grow some 'pocket' melons in our garden and the best way to serve them has been to scoop them out with a tablespoon - however I like the whimsical nature of the tool you're marketing.

    Thanks for your time.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 12:15 PM

    Hi Jeffrey, great question. The dimensions are 8.5" x 2.5" x 1.5", but that's including the handle. The key piece is the bar at the top that separates the melon from the rind. I think as long as the melon is wider than 2.5" you can use it effectively.

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly
    3/31/2016 10:43 AM

    Where is this product manufacturered?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 10:44 AM

    Hi Kimberly, it is manufactured in China.

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    3/31/2016 11:03 AM

    @Mike

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    3/31/2016 11:08 AM

    I am also disappointed that this product is made in China. I have had some bad experiences with products made there and have no way of going back on company. I am referring to Kitchen Knives and the handles just crumbling away. Blades did fine but if you don't have a handle it is kind of hard to use. I will wait for someone in the U.S. A. to produce a product like this.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 11:25 AM

    Hi Elizabeth, we appreciate you sticking to your shopping values. Check out our Made in the U.S.A section here.

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen
    3/31/2016 10:48 AM

    Ah, bummer . . . thrilled by a product from Italy and was all set to buy several until I found they are made in China.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 10:52 AM

    Hi Kathleen, see my response to you above.

  • margaret
    margaret
    3/31/2016 11:12 AM

    My question about this product is this: If we see this item for sale anywhere other than The Grommet are we to assume it is a counterfeit,and that this is the one and only site to get the real thing?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 11:16 AM

    Hi Margaret, if it is discounted and not from i Genietti, it is a counterfeit.

  • David
    David
    3/31/2016 11:07 AM

    This is a cool product. I was kind of on the fence about buying it, UNTIL I saw the issues you are having with counterfeiting! I think it makes me want to buy it even more. $20 is a little bit pricey for such a specialty product, but it's worth it knowing that it's going to good, hard working, genuine people!

  • Michael
    Michael – Special Guest
    3/31/2016 11:11 AM

    @David Appreciate your support David. We are spending lots of time and energy trying to eliminate others copying our products and your comments certainly make us feel great there are people like you supporting originality.

  • Tom
    Tom
    3/31/2016 11:28 AM

    Many fine products are made in China, and this appears to be one of them, particularly if quality control is monitored by i Genietti! I am also interested in what the "notches" are for, what the handle looks like, and what other uses this handy cutter might have?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 11:34 AM

    Hi Tom, thanks for the comment. The notches on the sides help the tool grab a slice by increasing the surface area and giving the watermelon flesh an opportunity to squeeze into the tool rather than slip off. You can see a picture of the handle by clicking the "buy" picture underneath the video. It is great for watermelon, cantaloupe, and other types of melons.

  • John
    John
    3/31/2016 11:37 AM

    @Tom

    I will shop for and pay more, for products made in the USA not china.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 11:50 AM

    We appreciate that attitude, John.

  • Michael
    Michael – Special Guest
    3/31/2016 12:30 PM

    @Mike I saw a comment about other uses. You can use the product for sheet cake. My kids use if for brownies.

  • Ken
    Ken
    3/31/2016 12:41 PM

    @Michael I'm trying to find out what size this is.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 12:47 PM

    Hi Ken, the dimensions are 8.5" x 2.5" x 1.5."

  • Carol
    Carol
    3/31/2016 12:55 PM

    Can you then cut lengthwise and create chunks?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 1:07 PM

    I certainly don't see why not, Carol. That's a great idea!

  • Duane
    Duane
    3/31/2016 1:14 PM

    Will this work on a larger watermelon rather than the personal size?

  • Michael
    Michael – Special Guest
    3/31/2016 1:22 PM

    @Duane Hi Duane. Absolutely....yes!

  • Christine
    Christine
    3/31/2016 1:47 PM

    Why is the same watermelon cutter, from the same company, priced at $74.99 on Amazon? Are they the same utensil?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 1:50 PM

    That is odd Christine, it is definitely not this product for that price.

  • PISA
    PISA
    3/31/2016 3:25 PM

    IT IS NOT WORKING so far so well !! someone also told us THIS IS NOT A PRODUCT INVENTED CREATED ON TUSCANY ...

    THE INVENTOR SOLD THE IDEA TO THE IPAC ...

    BEFORE TO CLAIM TO OTHER COPIES WE MUST UNDERSTAND WHO START as 1 ST

    this time grommet has been found a great item...

    I feel sorry for Grommet

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 4:21 PM

    Thanks for the comment, Pisa!

  • Linda
    Linda
    3/31/2016 3:26 PM

    You may find that using China for manufacturing your product is why you are now finding others making knock offs. China is famous for that!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 4:13 PM

    It's a risk to run and a tough one for early stage Makers who often have few other alternatives to bring their product to market.

  • Brenda
    Brenda
    3/31/2016 4:05 PM

    I wish you lots of success with this. It's an elegant & useful item and it's just awful that your beautiful designs were stolen from you. Kudo's to The Grommet for explaining the plight of innovators bringing something to market. It's never easy. I love this and hope you do well with the launch.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 4:59 PM

    Thanks so much for the comment, Brenda! It's especially meaningful coming from another Maker!

  • Michael
    Michael – Special Guest
    3/31/2016 5:00 PM

    @Brenda Very kind comments, thank you. Its been an amazing launch and everyone has been very positive. Its great to know there are so many people out there that support people, companies that want to create meaning. Thanks again Brenda

  • Teri
    Teri
    3/31/2016 6:04 PM

    I would like to support the original maker, but can order the same product on amazon without the shipping!?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 6:36 PM

    Well then you're at a bit of a crossroads, Teri. You can order a handful of Grommets (because why not?) and qualify for free shipping.

  • Guest
    Guest
    3/31/2016 6:06 PM

    I like this... has it been tried on other melons, such as cantaloupe?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    3/31/2016 6:36 PM

    Yes it has. Scroll up a bit and you can read some testimonials.

  • Steve
    Steve
    3/31/2016 10:04 PM

    Always read between the lines...manufactured by US vs. manufactured in US. I would happily pay a little more for a great product that can be made in the US completely. What was the difference in price to make it here vs. in china plus shipping? I'm pretty sure all the consumers on this site as well as any other higher end merchandise websites would agree.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    4/1/2016 9:40 AM

    Hi Steve, thanks for the comment. We are happy to hear you would pay more for a product made in the U.S. That is a great value to adhere to and you can shop our made in the U.S. products here.

    In the case of i Genietti, manufacturing here, as I've said on the board, was never a part of the discussion. They are an Italian company just now debuting in America so making Angurello here wouldn't make much sense.

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