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Manual Stainless Steel Can Opener

JuniorBalloon Aug 7, 2012 02:15 PM

Anybody own a good one they can recommend? Sheesh. You wouldn't think it would be hard to find, but either the gears don't work well, the handles are made of plasitc or the cutting tool is zinc coated. I would like a straight forward, stainless steel cutting edge with metal handles.

Thanks,
jb

  1. liu Aug 12, 2012 11:11 AM

    I posed this question here about 5 months ago:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/838325

    Those who posted in response offered good information, but I continue my search!
    And while I continue my search, I am using a Swing-A-Way stainless can opener from long ago. Although it is tired, it seems to be better than anything newer that I have tried.

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      CookieLee Aug 12, 2012 11:16 AM

      I have a Swing-A-Way, only a couple of years old. I like the rubber handles, and it's easy to keep clean.

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        liu Aug 12, 2012 11:46 AM

        Yeah, CookieLee, no fancy bells-'n-whistles on the Swing-A-Way. It just does the job.

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          Sid Post Aug 12, 2012 09:30 PM

          I agree. Simple and effective. At ~$7 it's relatively cheap too!

    2. JuniorBalloon Aug 11, 2012 12:43 PM

      We ended up having a can emergency. Meaniing I bought a can, forgot to buy an opener and had to call my wife to grab one on the way home. We ended up with a Kitchen Aid. I don't know if it's stainless, it says to hand wash only, but it works just fine.

      Thanks for all the feedback.

      jb

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        Chemicalkinetics Aug 11, 2012 01:03 PM

        Cool. If it last, great. If not, it will buy you enough time to read up all the other can opener.

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        cheesemaestro Aug 10, 2012 10:22 AM

        I recommend the Oxo Good Grips. It is well designed ergonomically. Its metal handles are covered with soft, grippy rubber and it has a large knob (plastic, though) that is easy to turn. We also have a West Bend electric can opener, but I find myself using the Oxo more often than not.

        http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Good-Grips-...

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          sueatmo Aug 10, 2012 12:10 PM

          I agree. I like my OXO hand held can opener very well. It opens a can the old fashioned way.

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            kagemusha49 Aug 11, 2012 01:53 PM

            I'm sold on all the OXO offerings - not cheap but rock solid and well-designed

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              sueatmo Aug 12, 2012 05:46 PM

              OXO--not cheap but usually not terribly expensive either.

              I just bought this: http://tinyurl.com/8p8utfm

              Works very well. Can be stored in a drawer.

              Their manual can opener is very like my old Swing A Way.

        2. tanuki soup Aug 8, 2012 02:06 AM

          I recently got a WMF Profi Plus Safety Can Opener. It works well and has a really solid and high-quality feel to it. Here's a link and a pic:

          http://www.amazon.com/WMF-Profi-Plus-...

           
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            Sid Post Aug 8, 2012 05:40 AM

            The swing-away I got a Bed, Bath, and Beyond works well. If you wait for a coupon, you can get them 20% off.

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              khuzdul Aug 8, 2012 06:45 AM

              I have a very similar Rosle can opener (it does not have the bottle opener that the WMF has). I think that either the WMF or the Rosle will fit JB's specifications and would work great.

              http://www.amazon.com/Rosle-12757-Can...

            2. dcrb Aug 7, 2012 06:14 PM

              jb,
              There are quite a few that are out there that don't cut but separate or unseal the can. My wife has one that she loves from Pampered Chef, one of their more reasonably priced gadgets. Chefs catalog usually has an offering and many can be found on eBay.

              http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat...

              No cutters to get gunked up, stays very clean. Good luck.

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