is a small family owned corporation. We pride ourselves in providing quality and service to the end consumer and stand behind our nutcrackers.
Michael Kenkel designed the first Kenkel Hardshell Nutcracker out of necessity when his elderly father found it difficult to harvest his black walnuts. Recovering from a stroke, William Kenkel could no longer muster enough force to crack the nutshells without destroying the nutmeat in the process.
The new nutcracker worked so well that soon
Michael was getting requests from neighboring
farmers and everyone urged him to make the
nutcracker more widely available. Kenkel, Inc.
was born and has been selling hardshell
nutcrackers through various catalogs, websites,
and general stores for over 30 years.