I found this strange tool in a kitchen shop during a recent trip to Germany. Although it's a very specific tool (please let me know if you can ever figure out a second use for it!), I use it every time I make soft boiled eggs. I think I even make them more often just so I can use this tool!When I lived in France for a semester in college, I noticed all sorts of charming kitchen details. The family I lived with had their own Raclette hotplate, electric crepe pan, and electric tea kettle, the likes of which I had never seen in the states. But it was the funky little device for neatly chopping off the tops of soft boiled eggs that stuck with me. I had no idea that it would be next to impossible to find back home or that I'd have to wait until my next trip to Europe to pick up the one I use religiously today.
The device has a stainless steel cup which fits over the top of the egg. Then, while holding it steady, you raise the small weighted ball to the top of the rod and let it drop. With some practice, this produces an even break in the egg's shell which comes off in a twist, or with the help of a sharp paring knife.