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Jan 29, 2010 02:25 PM

Need a new manual can opener

I have to get a new can opener. I want a manual one that's easy on the hand/wrist to use, cuts well and cleanly and is durable. Your suggestion? Thanks.

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  1. I am pretty sure mine is just a basic OXO can opener. I have had it forever (at least 6 years, probably more like 10) & it works great.

    1. So far I'm pretty happy with my OXO. It's the one that cuts the side of the top so there is no sharp edges.
      One drawback is, the lid doesn't drop back down into the can when it's empty and needs to be discarded.


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      1. re: Davwud


        I have that one too. Why is it a drawback that the lid does not drop down into the can? I think most people won't want the lid to drop into the can as they are opening the can. In addition, you can actually use the empty can now as a storage can if you like. The lid does not drop into the can.

        That being said, I won't think this "non-sharp" edge can opener is easy on the hand and wrist. Unlike most can openers, this one does not cut very aggressively and often it needs to do another extra round.

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          I don't mean it doesn't drop into the can as you're opening it. Most can openers have a magnet to hold the lid. I just find it easier to empty the can then drop the lid back into it. Especially if you have a few cans. It's nice to be able to nest the smaller ones inside the bigger ones to throw them all out.

          Secondly, I do not store in the can. Ever.

          Lastly, while I agree that it's not easy on the hands, I don't find it particularly difficult either. Granted I am old enough to remember the old all metal can openers and also, I do work with my hands all day.


          1. re: Davwud

            Well, I am poor enough to remember saving used glass jars and cans for storage.

            I like my smooth edge Oxo can opener and would recommend one to most people. However, the author of this original post asked for can opener which is very easy on hand and wrist and cut clean.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              I would too.

              I think we like the same thing but for different reasons.


      2. I've found the best manual can opener I've ever used is the old reliable Swing-Away. Can't beat it IMO.

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        1. re: lominator

          I'll second the Swing-Away, which I have mounted to the kitchen cabinet next to the sink, at shoulder height. It includes 4 screws for installation. A magnet keeps the lid from falling into the can, and turning the fishing reel-type handle is easier on the wrist than twisting a hand-held manual opener.

          1. re: greygarious

            I would add my enthusiastic second second (I've had one for 30 years, replaced once when we lost the wall-mounting piece in a move, and bought them for my kids when they set up housekeeping), but, there was a thread on Swing Away can openers falling apart (now made in China).

            I posted a potential replacement in a separate post below.

        2. I have the Zyliss Safe Edge can opener, and I love it. It never gets dirty because the blade never touches the food in the can. It cuts smoothly, and the lid is removed in a second step by the opener and can be deposited directly into a trash can, so your fingers never touch the lid and the lid never falls into the can.

          1. I just used this one for the first time this morning:

            It is CI's #1 recomendation. It feels so solid and sturdy in the hand. It locks on to the can top, and has a magnet to catch the lid. I love it!