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    Best Can Opener?

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    Gabby LSW
    Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:31 am Groupie
    mamagrow wrote:
    I had one of those OXO ones, and it got very dull very fast.

    Thanks for sharing that! I use an electric most of the time, was considering the OXO for our emergency box (since I have horrible hand grip some days). Other than the fact it got dull quickly, how did it work? I've had some that don't turn well at all.

    Of course, I have a power inverter for my car, worse came to worse, I'd power up my car to open cans....

    Fri Mar 20, 2009 3:43 pm Groupie
    I was glad it went dull because I hated it. I wanted an excuse to throw out something expensive (for what it is). It's awful for getting a grip on the can, or getting it on right. If there is any kind of irregularity in the edge, it won't open. I hated it.

    ETA: In all fairness I should say this was 6 years ago. They may have an updated model that works better.

    This one on Amazon gets great reviews:
    Fri Mar 20, 2009 6:58 pm Groupie
    I became a KA person, and I love their Can Openers. It is a top cut, and leaves a sharp edge, but is a great opener.
    Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:36 pm Groupie
    I think this may be the one I get.

    I love KitchenAid, but that is the brand of manual opener I have now, and it's awful.
    Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:42 pm Groupie
    John DOH wrote:
    "Best" Can Opener?

    It may be a different thing on this forum/thread, that suggests you do not have electrical power.

    Can recall the tiny little ones we had in ration packs with the army so many years ago, and the Swiss Army Knife one I have carried for decades, the latter of which is definably workable in almost any cicumstance, in spite of the ragged edge it might leave to the can (hardly an issue where "disaster strikes" and the civilian populace needs do what the Military takes as commonplace)...

    I know, I know, it sounds like "Grandpa" is spouting off about the Dark Ages, but indeed the uneven can edge can be survived...have done this once, twice or even thrice on occaision, and once you get past the "political correctness" BS, it can in fact get pretty simple. You live like your grandparents (my case) or great grandparents or even great great grandparents did, with certain advantages...instead, or in addition to the Atabrine tablets, you can boil water in the ragged edged cans for 20 minutes and flavour it with fruit juice or fruit juice powder, and there's your first "neccessity of life" (ie potable water) answered...


    John, I remember that. It was called a P-3 can opener. What a pain in the you know what, but oh so useful. I was at the tail end of the c-rations, but also got the oh so lovely, MRE's. I loved all those C-rations! I was so hungry. Not so much the MRE's. Who wouldn't want to eat a bag of chili mac. Or those hard, dry brownie thingys.
    J. Ko
    Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:41 am Groupie
    This is the can opener I swear by:

    Starfrit Securimax or Starfrit MagiCan

    Removes lids of cans by side cutting the lid leaving it available for re-covering the can - super for pet foods. Leaves no sharp edge - cans and lids are safe to handle. Leaves plastic lined aluminum tins available for nail, screw, storage containers - won't rust - lids can be secured with a strip of electrical tape across the top for secure storage.

    My first one (MagiCan) lasted for 6 years. I replaced it at Christmas because it was not cutting through some cans and I figured it didn't owe me anything. IMO it is worth the $20 Cdn for the peace of mind knowing that your family (especially children) are not going to cut themselves on either the can or the lid.

    A word of caution: Do not buy the Starfrit "Little Beaver" because it will leave the top of your can with a sharp edge, rather than a sharp lid. For anyone who washes and recycles cans, this is more dangerous than having a sharp lid.
    Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:02 pm
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    I have a friend that raves about the side openers that leave a safe edge, but I must have brought the wrong brand because it didn't last long and didn't work well. I currently have two regular top opening manual can openers : one thick handled one that I use and one thin handed one, I brought so I would have a back up. I also have a PS-9 on my keychain! icon_biggrin.gif I got my PS-9 (the military can opener) over ten years ago for emergencies and have never taken it off. I have used it on occassion for a variety of stuff, including opening cardboard boxes. I've been thinking of buying one of those easy open battery operated self-opening can openers. An elderly friend of mine who had a stroke a few months ago uses one of these and he swears by it. Since it is battery operated it would be good for anyone who can't use a manual opener to have in an emergency--or anyone who likes electric openers.
    Sat Mar 28, 2009 2:34 pm Groupie
    According to the reviews I read, the MIU one I posted is supposed to be much better and easier to use than the battery operated one. And cheaper! I've never used either, so I can't say.
    Candy C
    Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:16 pm Groupie
    Manual for sure! I have an OXO Good Grips at home (mine is as sharp as the day I bought it 5 years ago) and a Swingaway (handles coated in black rubber) at my cabin. They are easy to grip, puncture the first time, open all the way except for about a mm that leaves the lid partially attached to the can so it doesn't fall in, and they have a big lever to twist. I have grip issues with my hands and these are great.
    Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:55 am Groupie
    We ordered the MIU Can-do, and I've been using it for two days. I love this can opener! I've owned several different types, and this is by far the best. It does not leave a sharp edge, it's easy to attach, it's easy to turn, and it's cheap! What more could you ask for? We are going to order another for our food storage.
    OH, let me try that!
    Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:42 pm Groupie
    I have to agree with JohnDOH and Ice Cool about the, I think it's called p-38. While it takes a sec or two to use, they literally NEVER fail. In an emergency, I'd want something that compact, mobile, and if you search the 'net, I'm sure you can find a site that will proclaim 101 uses for the little tool. Literally on your keychain.

    That said, I have a swiss army style knife in my Jeep and I've tested it on cans and it works brilliantly with minimal effort, really. While I sing the praises of the P-38 above, my knife has far more function for about an inch more length and about a half inch of width. It also has a ring for the keychain.

    I love multitaskers. Hear that, AB??
    Just Veggin
    Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:45 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    About a year ago, I picked up a can opener from a kitchen cabinet drawer and sliced my third finger open. It was a freak accident. I was in a hurry and had grabbed onto a part of the opener that wasn't meant for that purpose.

    The extent of my injury (I came real close to heading to the emergency room) convinced me that there had to be a better product on the market than the one I was using.

    Turns out, there is. The OXO Smooth Edge can opener is, in my opinion, a wonderful product. Not only does it appear to be safer to USE than most, but I was thrilled to find that the resulting (opened) can and lid have no sharp edges that can harm little animals who might be rummaging through garbage bags in some dump.

    Because I am an animal lover, I typically take cans that I open, rinse them out and then stuff towel paper in them afterwards, before throwing them in the garbage. Now, I don't have to do that.

    Read more about my experiences with this can opener on my blog:
    Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:34 pm Groupie
    Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:23 pm Groupie
    The Nogent Super(TM) Kim ($15 at Lee Valley Tools) is THE genuine hot damn. It's tiny, has worked on every size and shape of can I've thrown at it, and I've even been able to use it one-handed. You do have to play with it a bit to figure out how it works, though. I love this thing so much that I bought FIVE of them (for gifts) the last time I was in-store.

    i hope this helps,

    P.S. I have no affiliation with either the manufacturer or Lee Valley.
    Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:05 pm
    Forum Host
    This is what I have mounted on my kitchen cabinet, and I LOVE it! My mom used to have one mounted in the utility room in the house we grew up in. It never failed! It's a Swing-A-Way Wall Mount can opener...I can't recommend it highly enough. It can be easily taken off of the mount for washing (one easy-to-remove pin holds it in place) and the magnetic part grabs the lid for you as it opens. I use it for my #10 cans, also...I just have to support the bottom of the can. Look for "Swing-A-Way 609-W Wall Mount Magnetic Can Opener".

    Here's another review on it that I ran across while looking for pictures of it... Except I didn't pay $24 for mine...I think I paid about $11 for it. Either's well worth the money!

    And as you can see...they've been around for awhile... icon_biggrin.gif

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