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Old 04-24-2011, 05:18 PM   #1
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Opening Cans

Why is it that I can never properly open a can of food? Almost always two spots on the can refuse to open with a good hand held opener. I remember when I was a kid we never had that problem. My dh says that it's just the aluminum cans are so cheaply made that they don't function well. Is that the case? Or am I just inept?


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Old 04-24-2011, 05:31 PM   #2
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right. combination of poor quality opener and poor quality metal.

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Old 04-24-2011, 05:33 PM   #3
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I used to have that problem, and worse, until about a year ago when I ordered this can opener. Unbelievable! It works like a dream.
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Old 04-24-2011, 05:39 PM   #4
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I have a 20+ year old Swing-O-Matic hand-held can opener that is still working like a charm. I guess the cans I open are intimidated by it because I don't seem to have any problems.
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:16 PM   #5
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I had a swing-o-matic but after many years it just seemed to give up the ghost. So I bought a new one, it died in no time. I looked up the profi plus can opener on amazon. It said "usually ships in 1 to 2 months". I'm not willing to wait that long!
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:21 PM   #6
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I use either an OXO hand-held or a Cooks that cuts into the side of the top and removes the top and part of the rim. Both work great. The Cook's failed once on a tomato paste can.
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:22 PM   #7
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I have an OXO hand held opener. Works well. The one I had a lock to hold it to the can which broke fairly quickly. It works better without the lock.

I have had good luck with most things OXO.
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:32 PM   #8
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Can openers are indeed are not as good as they used to be.
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:41 PM   #9
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Can openers are indeed are not as good as they used to be.
I agree.
I think all cans should be pop-tops.
The one that came with my old house, screwed to the wall, works great on everything. The ones found in the gadget aisle of the grocery store, even the "fancy" ones with colored plastic handles, start having mishaps in a year or two. They just can't navigate the dents, or anything else probably thin can related. I don't open many cans though, so I keep waiting for them all to go pop-top.
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:31 PM   #10
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I have a Swing-A-Way hand held that I probably bought in the early '80s. Still works fine. The Hubster thought it was the style I liked, so he bought me an imitation Swing-A-Way, because mine is so old. The imitation is a POS.

The funny (to me) thing is, his favourite can opener is a wall mounted Swing-A-Way. It works just dandy too.

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