I ordered this mallet to use in my kitchen to make it easier to cut hard-shelled vegetables such as winter squash and sweet potatoes. I wanted something that I could use to hit the back of my knife to give it a little more power to punch through the tough skin, but that wouldn't damage it. A rubber mallet seemed to be just the answer. This one really makes short work of the job, and I'm happy with it.
I would have given it 5 stars, except for when I received it, it had such a terrible odor that I couldn't stand to keep it in the kitchen. I wrote to the vendor, and he told me that the rubber was still curing, and eventually the odor would subside. I set it away in a window, and after several weeks, the smell has mostly dissipated. It still smells a little, but is now bearable. This is the only drawback, and other than that, this mallet was just what I needed.
Inexpensive and useful product, good value, and great customer service from the vendor.