We all know and love knife blocks, but sometimes the counter real estate is more important than the proper storage of your cutlery. Magnetic Knife Holders ($60) take your knives from the counter to the wall with a set of four magnets that keep your blades securely stored and easily accessible. Each pod holds up to two knives, so you can get about eight knives out of your way.
Normal nutcrackers are so boring. If you're inclined to crack a lot of nuts, do it with some whimsy with the Davey Crackit Nutcracker ($23). At nine inches tall, Davey is made from cast aluminum which will blend nicely with most stainless kitchen goods. Simply lift his tail to crack the nut in his hands, but be warned — there's no guarantee your dog won't go a little crazy about the new forest friend in your cooking area.
It's summertime, which means that it's alright for even the manliest of men to break down and drink a few frozen drinks that we normally leave to our female counterparts. The Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker ($300) can make your task of serving the poolside drunks a lot easier. Of course it includes the requisite 32-oz mixer, but the bigger deal is the machine's ability to shave ice and make sure that just the right amount goes into your next rum runner. We haven't seen anything this useful over the summer since the time we took those housekeepers home from the bar. [via]