Something's buggin me. Rather insignificant at first. Now, its becoming a
problem. Its the manual can opener. I regularly open two small cans of dog
food a day, people food less often regurlarly. Use a manual can opener as I
have small acreage on the countertop. In the past 2 years I've tried one
electric initially that couldn't hold most cans including the dog food can
in place to cut the top. So, I figured manual would be best. Some last a
couple of months, some don't work right at the get-go. There are 2 common
failures. The cutting wheel bends at the axis point, AND/OR, the geared
friction wheel fails to turn the can. Less common during those failures is
the handle cover falls off. Also, the closing of the handles goes beyond
its intended closure to maintain hold of the can; twisting and bending the
closing axis point of the handle fulcrum point. The only problem with the
standard all-metal type is that it won't do all can sizes, at least that's
what I've found.
Before I jump to the 15 dollar range for a manual can opener, what are you
folks using? How long has it been used?
We have an Oster electric that works quite well. Been in use about 6
months and works like new. Before, I used to tell my wife that we can
put men on the moon but cannot make a decent can opener ;)
On 12/4/07 8:14 AM, in article LLWdnTH-j4daz8janZ2dnUVZ email@example.com,
I'm getting myself one of the OXO manuals when I spot one next. Don't know
the price but it is a dream to use. Used my cousins to open 10 cans of
cranberry sauce and it was painless on these old hands.
BUT - have you thought about one of the under the cabinet ones? Mine is
ancient and still works great!
Live near Wimberley, TX. Closest places are Ace Hardware, Dollar General, a
Feed store, and a grocery store. At Ace, I did find an OXO Goodgrips model
Model# 30081. Has built-in lock that locks when closing, just turn the
handle to open. Price: $14.97. Unconditional warranty. Could not find any
Swingaway mentioned by others. Talking manual can openers. Remainder that
I've found locally are all the junk 1 buck can openers I've all already
Closest big box store is 17 miles away. Not worthwhile to drive 34 miles
round trip for a can opener.
My dogs are getting skittish as they aren't getting their regular canned dog
food in the a.m. mixed with chew bones on the bottom of the bowl. Think
I'll try the OXO model mentioned for hopes of a good can opener, or, giggles
for my fruitless search at worst.
Okay, got the OXO. The dogs are happy. OXO will not penetrate bottom of
this specific dog food can, like the cheap can openers did. I like to
puncture bottom so the dog food slides out easily. Vacuum problem.
Normally, I slide out the contents, wack off with a knife in one bowl, then
slide the remaining contents into the 2nd bowl.
J.C. (no pun intended). Haven't seen one of those in decades. Such an
opener, primary use when I was young was opening juice cans. If you were
desperate, without a bonafind can opener, you could also use it in
repetition to open a can. Looks like I'll have to get an oldie but goodie
to complete the job. Another tool in the kitchen drawer.
Speaking of cans, have noticed that many canners are making unstackable
cans. Won't interlock the bottom with the top, making stacking a balancing
affair. I like to keep my pantry well stocked with canned goods.
Rained/snowed/iced in and so forth. When's the noise from all the
newfangled stuff gonna stop. Gettin' worse, not better.
Will keep the pyramid thing in mind next time I restock the canned goods.
Canned good are good for a year or 2 per drop dead date on can labels. So,
I can't see the seam thing as valid reason for modifying the bottom of the
can. And, doesn't explain why they can't make the top interlock with the
bottom of same identical can irregardless. Think we been flim-flammed for
economical can sake. Don't think its gonna stop.
On 12/10/07 12:26 AM, in article firstname.lastname@example.org,
"Dioclese" <NONE> wrote:
Like I said - "supposedly". I suspect that extruding the can bottom up
saves a ton of money and materials. Less metal and less welding. Design
could have been friendlier.
I'm not buying a lot of canned food - mostly tuna, stewed tomatos and soups.
But my new favorite soups are glass jars (Trader Joes). Now those don't
stack at all.
The new extruded cans are far less costly to manufacture and are a
better sealed product. The design is friendly, all you need is a can
opener that works... what's the point of getting a second chance on
the opposite end with the same old lousy can opener. Anyway, more and
more cans are being made with pull tops.
I don't remember what it costs, but I've been using Swingaway manual can
openers for years. I haven't run into a can yet that challenged this tool. I
got mine at the supermarket, but I've also seen them at Bed Bath & Beyond,
Linens & Things, and sometimes hardware stores.
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