PATENT OF THE WEEK – NUT SPLITTER
The NUT SPLITTER was invented by Marlin D. Hahn (San Angelo, TX) on 10th February 1987, bearing the patent number US4641430A.
The present invention relates to nut opening devices and, specifically, to a nut splitter which is especially adapted for opening macadamia nuts.
A nut splitter is shown which includes a base for supporting the splitter upon a planar surface. A jaw having a cutting wheel rotatably mounted thereon is pivotally mounted on the base and is movable between an open position allowing placement of a nut on the base and a closed position in which the cutting wheel of the jaw contacts a nut. A lever arm has a pivot end which is pivotally attached to the jaw and an oppositely extending length which terminates in a free end which forms a handle for applying force to the jaw to move the jaw between the open and closed positions.