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Jan 7, 2014 12:42 PM

Manual Can Opener Needed but...

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.

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  1. 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

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    1. re: mikie

      Believe it or not, I have the P38 mikie! I collect antique and vintage kitchenware and though this little gadget doesn't get any use at cucina bc, I just can't part with it!

    2. 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:

      It eventually (15 yrs or so?) lost it's edge, so I replaced it last month with this one:

      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.

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      1. re: DuffyH

        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!!

        1. re: DuffyH

          I have the same oxo as your newer one and its wonderful- very smooth, and several years later as good as new.

          But i don't think it would be possible to use any manual opener with a wrist injury....

        2. 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.

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          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            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!


            Swing-a-way large crank can opener. Swing-a-way can openers are hard to beat.

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              1. re: Sid Post

                I really like this option Sid. We've been so pleased with our old SwingAway. I'll come back to report once mr bc makes his final choice. Thanks so much, the info and link are very helpful. I'd never seen this version before.

              2. My brother with one good arm uses: Kuhn Rikon Ultimate Can Opener with Auto Attach Feature


                Thankfully, he gave me one as a gift and I use it all the time.

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                1. re: glennl20

                  Those are pretty good. I bought one for myself at Tuesday Morning and liked it so much I got a second one for my mother. It is a very handy multi-function device.

                  The Swing-a-ways a little better depending on the model in question but, they are uni-taskers.

                  1. re: glennl20

                    That's a really nifty looking can opener glenn, I've added it to the list for mr bc to take a look at. Thanks so much for the info and the link.