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Aug 7, 2012 02:15 PM

Manual Stainless Steel Can Opener

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. 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.

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

    1. 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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      1. re: tanuki soup

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

        1. re: tanuki soup

          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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          1. 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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            1. re: cheesemaestro

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

              1. re: sueatmo

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

                1. re: kagemusha49

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

                  I just bought this:

                  Works very well. Can be stored in a drawer.

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

            2. 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

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