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Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: steve...
Date: March 13, 2018 08:37PM
My trusty KitchenAid has been good for several years but has started skipping which is frustrating when I try to open a can of tuna for lunch.

Not looking for the Cadillac of can openers but just a good bang for the buck (manual only). Anyone have a favorite?




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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: billb
Date: March 13, 2018 08:40PM


The following post posts inspired me to open the kitchen drawer and see the name on ours: Farberware.
It is old though.
My last electric can opener dropped its last partially opened can spilling its contents on the counter and floor in the mid-seventies sometime . Met its demise in the circular bin. Been manual ever since.



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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: March 13, 2018 08:56PM
I have been using this one for the last decade -- [smile.amazon.com]

less than $20



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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: A-Polly
Date: March 13, 2018 09:01PM
I would recommend SwingAway (I've had one for more than 30 years), but Amazon reviews seem to indicate that they ain't what they used to be. This one looks just like it, though:
[www.amazon.com]
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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: Acer
Date: March 13, 2018 09:10PM
Another vote for Swing-a-way. We tried a similar knock-off and it just wasn't the same. I'd be inclined to go with the Swing-away again as the best bet despite Amazon reviews. Some people who do those low-star reviews remind of the grumpy customer who is not satisfied with anything short of a store manager's head on a pike.



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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: deckeda
Date: March 13, 2018 09:12PM
If you can find a NOS Swing-Away it might be OK. It'll need to have Made in USA stamped on it. Dusty old hardware stores might have one. I would not recommend the Chinese Swing-Aways that are current. The gears and such are not as well defined.

Otherwise, what you want is either an EZ-DUZ-IT or a "Made In U.S.A." (that's actually what it's called.) Amazon should have both.

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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 13, 2018 09:15PM
....they have the new ones......smooth edge....??

.....where there are no 'sharp edges' after you open up the can......sure IKEA has them cheap.....no accidentally cutting yourself......



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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: mstudio
Date: March 13, 2018 09:20PM
Have been using this one for years and years
[www.amazon.com]
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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: March 13, 2018 09:27PM
I've been very happy with my GoodCook Safe Cut Can Opener 11834 for the past decade. Has never failed to open any can. EZ to clean too!
Amazon has it for $8.99 & shows 4/5 star rating with 1989 reviews.





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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: March 13, 2018 09:29PM
My mom got me one of these "smooth edge" openers a long time ago. Got to be over a decade. Easily.
[www.amazon.com]

Still working.

Kind of neat when you use the grips to wrench the top of the can off after a few twists.

Only problem for someone not used to it is that draining a can of tuna is a smidge harder when you've smoothly taken off the entire top of the can vs the usual method that sends tiny bits of metal-dust and shrapnel into the can. You can still squeeze the tuna juice out by pressing the lid into it, but you have to use a bit more pressure.



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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: space-time
Date: March 13, 2018 09:38PM
some cans have those pull rings and the whole lid comes off in one clean piece. I bought a 4 (or 6?) pack to Tuna and one of Salmon from Costco. I was pleased to see that Tuna was easy to open, but for salmon I had to use can opener. I wish more cans would come with those pull rings.
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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: March 13, 2018 09:58PM
Thrift stores will net you a Swing Away. A little soap and water and you’re good to go.
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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 13, 2018 10:31PM
.....whichever one you eventually get....remember that you then need.....a nice set of cans.......to accompany it......



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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: jdc
Date: March 13, 2018 11:30PM
WE have the OXO smooth open, got it year and years ago -- Runs like a champ.

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space-time
some cans have those pull rings and the whole lid comes off in one clean piece. I bought a 4 (or 6?) pack to Tuna and one of Salmon from Costco. I was pleased to see that Tuna was easy to open, but for salmon I had to use can opener. I wish more cans would come with those pull rings.

I also dig the resealable chip bags. Seems as tho only a few peeps have them, which is too bad. Much better than a clip.

My wife got some promo dog food ffrom Nutro in a 8 lb bag with a resealable top. Its really nice bag -- super strong no tear plastic with a good seal -- I keep trying to think of a way that I can reuse it for something else... but I got nuthin.



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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: Bo
Date: March 13, 2018 11:37PM
Love the OXO Good Grips Locking Can Opener! Close the handle and it locks on like a vice grip so you don't need to squeeze as you turn the handle. Button push releases it. Super easy. $15

[www.amazon.com]

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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: artie67
Date: March 14, 2018 12:08AM
Check out Kuhn Rikon brand. They are smooth edge type. I have an earlier style from Woot!
[www.amazon.com]
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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: March 14, 2018 01:02AM
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A-Polly
I would recommend SwingAway (I've had one for more than 30 years), but Amazon reviews seem to indicate that they ain't what they used to be.

Today's Swing-A-Way can openers are definitely not as robust as the one I grew up with.



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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: Buzz
Date: March 14, 2018 01:07AM
We have the old school USA Swing Away in regular (w/ red handles) and long handled commercial (for Newt's nice BIG cans), and Sarcany's Oxo smooth opener for canned stuff likely not be used all at once. No complaints w/ any of 'em, though Arte's Kuhn Rikon looks pretty neat, so if buying a smooth edge opener nowadays, I'd be tempted to go that route. Had not been paying attention to realize Swing Away's were no longer made here. I've seen too many crappy can openers, so would always recommend getting one w/ a proven track record. Only comment I'd make on old Swing Away's is that small one works best on small cans, and long arm works best on big cans.
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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: max
Date: March 14, 2018 02:42AM
50 cent P-38 on my key chain....



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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 14, 2018 06:02AM
I use a Good Cook smooth edge can opener I got at a Safeway store for >$10. It's very similar to this but with a nice elliptical shaped knob.

It does falter on Steakhouse Chili cans as they have a thin, tall rim, so the pull tab is used. The only time I've ever got metal shavings is on this can, and only if I go over the cut more than once. Once around, no shavings.

And yes, draining tuna takes a bit of caution, but it's worth the tradeoff.




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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 14, 2018 07:27AM
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N-OS X-tasy!
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A-Polly
I would recommend SwingAway (I've had one for more than 30 years), but Amazon reviews seem to indicate that they ain't what they used to be.

Today's Swing-A-Way can openers are definitely not as robust as the one I grew up with.


......yeah, they now Swing.....both ways....



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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 14, 2018 07:28AM
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artie67
Check out Kuhn Rikon brand. They are smooth edge type. I have an earlier style from Woot!
[www.amazon.com]



.....this is the one that I have too.....



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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: March 14, 2018 09:25AM
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jdc
WE have the OXO smooth open, got it year and years ago -- Runs like a champ.

Just got one of those.

Works great. Very smooth. Re-using the lid to seal a half-used can is also convenient.

[www.amazon.com]
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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: steve...
Date: March 14, 2018 11:26AM
Thanks for the great recommendations — Lots of choices.

I'm leaning toward's MrNoBody's GoodCook Safe Cut Can Opener 11834 at Amazon. I like the price, reviews, and 'easy-to-clean' part.

I've never used a 'side cut' type. Can the lid be left attached or does it need to come completely off? I recycle as much as I can and having the lid attached seems like it would be the most convenient.




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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 14, 2018 11:32AM
....it comes off completely, just no sharp edges to cut yourself on.....



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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 14, 2018 01:49PM
Can the lid be left attached

Well, sort of. If the opener failed to cut the lid completely, you'd have to pull (almost pry) it up, and you wouldn't be able to 'close' it completely.

Really, it's best to just cut the whole thing off. I use the lid to 'reseal' the can if I only use a portion of it. Very handy. That's the only reason I use a side-cutting opener in the first place.




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all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men
except by believing all possible evil
of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

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Re: Speaking of can openers... I need a new one.
Posted by: Buzz
Date: March 14, 2018 01:53PM
Yep. the smooth edge side cut variety alleviates the weaponization of can lids, and usually makes the can semi-resealable so if you don't use the entire contents, you can place the top back on and stick the leftovers in the fridge... a handy feature.
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