Manual Can Opener Needed but...
- Breadcrumbs Jan 7, 2014 12:42 PM
so mr bc injured his wrist and now he struggles with our decades old and much loved Swing-Away can opener.
I'm hoping to avoid having to go the electric route and wondered whether anyone could recommend a manual can opener that might be better suited to mr bc's issue?
There's a great thread on Manual can openers that I took a look at but because I need a can opener to address a specific physical challenge, I thought it best to start a separate thread.
If you are refering to the can opener thread I recall, you are already using the best manual can opener you're going to find. There are a few but not many other options, the can openers that cut the lid from the side might be a solution but that depends on which wrist mr bc hurt, if it's left that might help as you don't have to squeze down, but if it's the right, you still have to crank and I don't believe the mechanical advantage is any different. There's always the P38 https://www.google.com/url?url=http:/...
Happy New Year Breadcrumbs,
I'm on my second Oxo can opener. The first one had big soft squeeze handles and a fat turn wheel. Everything the Swing-Away should be, in other words.
Like this but with all soft handles: http://www.amazon.com/OXO-58081-SteeL...
It eventually (15 yrs or so?) lost it's edge, so I replaced it last month with this one:http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Grips-Locki...
Works about the same, but the handles aren't as soft, so there's slippage potential. On the plus side, it locks, so there's no need to squeeze once the can is pierced. I also like the magnet to hold lids.
If his injured hand is the squeezing hand, an Oxo, especially the locking one, should help a lot. OTOH, if it's his turning hand that's gone bad, an electric may be your best option.
If it's a temp injury, go to WallyWorld and get a cheap-o. That's what Dude did for me when I broke my arm. He had some fun watching me use it, as the only way for me to operate it was to hold the can up to it with my good hand and smack the handle with my cast. If we still had it I'd send it to you.
Happy New Year to you Duffy and thanks so much for all this excellent info. I'm about to head over to Amazon and put all the can opener recommendations here into a Wishlist so mr bc can take a look and pick one that he thinks will work best. Unfortunately there's little chance of his wrist improving from its current condition.
...I could just picture you w your broken arm and the WM opener!!! LOL! Thanks again!!
In general, OXO gadgets (can openers include) are known to be easier on users.
Of course, an electric based can opener will be easier.
I have an Oxo Good Grip Smooth Edge Can Opener:
Basically, it cut the cans from the side instead of the top.
Beside the obvious advantages, I also find that it requires much less force to turn the knob and cut the can. On the other hand, I also notice that I often I have to go around the can twice to cut the can open.
This may work for you.
Thanks very much for these great suggestions and links Chemicalkinetics. I agree that an electric version would be easier but we both prefer the manual opener (though we've only ever used our old faithful SwingAway. It's very helpful to know that this version requires much less force. Thank-you!
Google "kitchen utensils handicapped" to find a catalog/website specifically offering kitchen utensils for handicapped people. There are hundreds of adaptive items that are so creative most of us have never even thought of what they have. You might find what you need.