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Are you looking for the perfect novelty gift for that special someone who already has everything? Do you hate getting corn stuck in your teeth? Then you’ll be glad to know that the Corn Peeler might just be the item you’ve been looking for, and it just might revolutionise the way you eat corn.

Invented by Fubasami Takanezawa and Hirokai Fujita, the Corn Peeler is designed to effortlessly remove entire rows of kernels from a corn cob. Now no one need ever get corn stuck in their teeth ever again. Is that amaizing or what?!

The prototype won the Excellence Award in 2010 at the 14th Annual Personal Handy Tip Invention Exhibition sponsored by the Invention Society, and now the handy utensil is sold through Sanyo Precision as one of their miscellaneous kitchen goods. The kernel remover has unexpectedly become a huge hit; since it went on sale back in March, the company has sold a massive 40,000 units, four times their initial projected sales.

Made of stainless steel, it is very easy to use and requires no batteries or charging cords. And it’s super lightweight at only 18 grams (0.6 ounces).

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But how does it work? By sliding the tip of the blade down the corn cob, the kernel remover will  pick up and lift the kernels from the root of the cob. Simply repeat for each row. It’s so simple and ingenious that I’m disappointed that I didn’t come up with this handy invention first. And what’s more, it can be used on corn that is either raw or cooked.

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Once you have removed one row, it makes the rest of the rows of kernels easier to remove. Starting that first row can apparently be a little tricky, though.

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If you’re wondering where you can get your hands on one of these, Amazon Japan is selling the handy Corn Peeler utensil for 864 yen (US$7). It’s also available at Tokyu Hands department stores. With Christmas around the corner, it makes for a perfect stocking filler.

Source: Shimotsuke
Images: Amazon JP