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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.


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  1. dcrb RE: JuniorBalloon Aug 7, 2012 06:14 PM

    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.


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

    1. tanuki soup RE: JuniorBalloon 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:


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        Sid Post RE: tanuki soup 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 RE: tanuki soup 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.


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          cheesemaestro RE: JuniorBalloon 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.


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            sueatmo RE: cheesemaestro 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 RE: sueatmo 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 RE: kagemusha49 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. JuniorBalloon RE: 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.


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            1. re: JuniorBalloon
              Chemicalkinetics RE: JuniorBalloon 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.

            2. liu RE: JuniorBalloon Aug 12, 2012 11:11 AM

              I posed this question here about 5 months ago:


              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 RE: liu 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 RE: CookieLee 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 RE: liu Aug 12, 2012 09:30 PM

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

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