Having spent all Christmas fighting with an old pair of nut crackers. I decided it was about time I replaced them. Other nut crackers available on the market are the same as the traditional type but just vary in price. These are amazing, no more fighting to lever a nut out of its shell. They will crack any nut, brazils, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts. I have personally cracked all of these nuts and have had no problems. Also you end up with a complete nut, not having smashed it to bits trying to get at it. And no aching wrists or bruised hands.They are so easy to use. If you want a new set of nutcrackers, look no further.