About Us

Kenkel, Inc.

is a small family owned corporation. We pride ourselves in providing quality and service to the end consumer and stand behind our nutcrackers.

Birth of a Nutcracker

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.

Birth of a Company

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.