As the tools we use develop and evolve, they inevitably seem to move towards more complex machines. There seems to remain a place for the earlier, simpler versions, at least in most cases. Sometimes you don’t need a 100 HP power planer, a simple hand planer will do. Sometimes your yard is small and you love the environment, so a push reel mower does the job nicely, no riding opulence for you. But there are some tools that seems to have gone by the wayside, like the hand mixer you see above. And I don’t mean a 1.21 gigawatt corded mixer that purports to be a hand tool–I mean a mixing device operated by pure manpower, but turning a hand crank to achieve mixing speed.
I am in no way a master chef, but I will say that it seems like there are times when the effort of getting out the mixer and digging in the drawer to round up the beaters, and moving stuff around on the cabinet to plug in the too short cord is more than the 30 seconds of mixing is really worth. Wouldn’t it just be simpler to use a hand mixer?
Instead we are stuck having to choose between smacking at the contents of a bowl with a fork, trying in vain to not make a huge mess and actually get some mixing done, or using the ginormous stand mixer for all of half a minute. The simple hand machine tool is gone, replaced by ‘better’ electronic gadgets. What ever happened to the manual hand mixer?