Chestnutter-anyone have one?
I was curious what you were talking about ... thought maybe you meant those little plastic thingies that you get for free with a bag of chestnuts in Chinatown.
Anyway, for anyone curious ... this is it.
Lots of places sell it like Amazon, Wiliams Sonoma, Sur La Table, etc
It seems from the online reviews that it does the job ... but not for very long ... has a tendancy to break and fall apart. Check the Amazon reviews.
Maybe Chowhounds have had better luck. Here's a link to a Chow article that had positive and negative comments about it.
Someone in ... of all things ... the chestnut forum ... is there a forum for everything or what ... liked a chestnut cutter called snips
I just got one and, having suffered a finger injury from using a knife, I love it. It's easy, it's puts a big enough "x" in the chestnut, and I don't have to worry about hurting myself. It does work best on large chestnuts, but I've found that I can stack two small/flat chestnuts on top of each other to make sure they each get a good enough cut. I don't know how long it will hold up, but I'm enjoying it while it does.