Very sturdy and elegant. A surprisingly beautiful and sleek nutcracker.
We've yet to find a shell this guy won't crack. Once, the handle popped off, but it nests back into the center well easily (the design is quite simple).
We got ours as a gift, and I'd recommend it as a gift, as it's an item people often don't think about shopping for. And then it ends up being so nice to have such a well-made device in the kitchen drawer.