Simply put, a nutcracker is an apparatus. For popping open nuts. So you can eat them. Enough said. At their most basic, nutcrackers resemble a gadget along the lines of pliers, or a handheld bad habit, which may seem more at home in a carport tool stash than a kitchen utensil cabinet.
The nutcracker is a simple machine with an entirely respectable mechanical favorable position and works as indicated by basic principles of physics. It functions as a Class Two switch, similar to a pushcart or jug opener, with the support at one end, the power of one’s hand at the other, and the heap – in this case, the nut – in the center. Simple, in reality.
Very little is thought about the starting point of the unassuming nutcracker, however, its initial use in the English language dates back to the late fifteenth century. Versions of levers for various purposes return as far as Classical Greece and past. Inspiration for its mechanical design may have originated from observing the ground-breaking beaks of parrots, so proficient at getting to nutmeats. The pincer claws of lobsters and enormous crabs are similarly convincing examples of natural design.
It wasn’t until 1913 that Henry Quackenbush, an enterprising American producer, licensed his 1878 development of a spring-jointed, metal nutcracker, and started making and selling the apparatus as a set that included four picks. Estimates suggest about 200 million of the Quackenbush version have been sold around the world. We can also say thanks to Mr. Quackenbush for the extension stepping stool and the .22 bore Safety Rifle, but the nutcracker superseded all other assembling concerns in his organization.
However, the nutcracker possesses a storied and somewhat politically rebellious history, particularly in Germany, where the device took on human properties. Nutcrackers, normally cut from wood, were made to look bleak and furious, showing their exposed teeth, and were considered a token of good karma to give and get among friends and neighbors. Many considered nutcrackers as talismans against fiendish spirits and peril, and displayed them in windows and transparently in the home.