My partner simply wanted to be able to hand chop nuts. Well, they aren't easy to find any more. This product does much more and all without having to plug it in. We needed it on Christmas Day for cooking, but there were so many parts, that he opted to go the old fashioned way...with a knife. Now that he has had time to sit down and discover what it can do, he loves it. Great product for those looking for a simpler kitchen without all the "gadgets" on the counter.