Enemy, thy name is can opener

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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885 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Ugh, I’ve had such bad luck with can openers!  I finally got a half-decent one, but then my old roommate wrecked it somehow, and every one we got after that ended up breaking.  Now we actually use one from DH’s parents which they probably got 30+ years ago, but it works like a charm!

Have you tried an electric can opener?  I’ve always had pretty good experiences with those.

Post # 4
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1108 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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Post # 5
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5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Nona99:  His & Hers can opener sets.  I wonder if that actually exists, and if not, is there a market for that kind of thing?

Post # 6
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8418 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Nona99:  You could always just buy things in easy open cans, then convince your husband that the things in standard cans don’t taste as good 😉

Post # 7
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487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I can only work manual can openers. When I met FH, he only had an electric one, and I never could remember how I had to place the can and where to clamp, so I just bought a cheap manual one. FH used to tease me every time I asked him to help me open a can, but now we each have our own opener lol

Post # 8
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9529 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah, I’d get a new can opener for yourself. You could even stencil your name on it in pink so he knows you’re not replacing his. 

Post # 9
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1689 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We have two can openers.  FI registered us for a third.  His thinking: “Our other two just seem so primative.”  I’ll give you one.

Post # 10
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505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Cabin

@Nona99:  My mom bought this one for us that is a battery operated one, you just lay it on top of the can and it connects by a magnet and it does all the work, and it cuts the can, not the center lid, so you don’t have to “reach in” to pull the can top off.  My husband loves it.  And it isn’t very big, we just throw it back in the utensil drawer when done. You could each have your own.  

Post # 11
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115 posts
Blushing bee

@Nona99:  Yes, his and hers do exist. We have them. It’s pathetic. He couldn’t let go of this old one that we had, and I got sick of cutting my fingers. So…his and hers. They sit side by side in the drawer.

Post # 12
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10489 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I have so much issues using the side can openers (the only manual ones that existed when I was a kid).  They seem to require strength I don’t have and I would burst blood vessels in my hands.  I much prefer the ones that go on top of the can.  Blame your weak wrists and get a new one for yourself 🙂

Post # 13
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633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@Nona99:  I feel your pain. I CANNOT operate standard manual can openers for some reason and actually did avoid eating canned goods for some time for this reason. An ergonomic manual opener from OXO changed my life. Seriously, it’s so easy to use and even has a clamp to remove the whole top without touching it. I’ve since purchased the same opener for my parents and future in-laws because of the joint protection factor and it just simplifies the whole can-opening experience! I highly recommend in lieu of pricy electric openers:

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/OXO-Good-Grips-reg-Smooth-Edge-Can-Opener/1012742371

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

FI and I had this problem, only it way the other way around. It works fine for me and he struggles. I figured out its all in the angle you hold the thing at. If it’s almost horizontal the thing works like crap, but if you hold it so that it angles down a bit it works beautifully. Next time you open a can try opening it in the sink so that it’s lower and at a different angle maybe it will work better.

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