Kuhn Rikon Auto Safety Lid Lifter, Red
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- Automatically locks onto can
- Stainless Steel Cutting mechanism
- Cuts from the side leaving rim smooth, not sharp of jagged
- LidLifter jaws clamp on to remove lid from can and then releases into trash with a push of a button
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|Dimensions||3.5 inches x 7.25 inches x 2 inches||2.5 inches x 8.5 inches x 2.5 inches||3.5 inches x 7 inches x 2 inches||3 inches x 6.5 inches x 3 inches|
|Item Package Weight||0.2 pounds||0.45 pounds||0.35 pounds||0.35 pounds|
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Once you get the swing of how this operates, it is a cinch. You position the head of the opener at the top of your can with two little arrows at the edge closest to your body. You then turn the handle and the can moves around as it's held by the opener. As soon as you feel a little change in the momentum, your can lid is safely separated from the base of the can. Using the little metal clip on the side, you push a button on the opposing side and grab ahold of the lid, lift, and you then have an opened can, thereby exposing you to whatever is inside the can. It works on varied sizes and shapes of cans without problem and it remains clean. You will not be cut because there is no sharp edge. If you want, you can place the lid back on the can, but I only do that if I'm going to transfer the product into another container for storage. I haven't tried to use this one-handed, but it probably could be done by resting the opener on the can and then turning the handle.Read more ›
The other models by this manufacturer clamp on in the typical fashion. That is by opening the split handles, like a pair of scissors or pliers, and manually clamping the cutting mechanism to the rim of the can. They differ from convention in that they are an outer edge cutter, with the blade, wheel, and knob all operating in the horizontal plane rather than vertical. This arrangement splits the can seam around the outside edge, so no more lid cave-in, and no more mess. The can opener stays clean! Once split, there is a little set of pliers that one uses to grab the edge of the can and lever the top up.
Now the auto version is a bit different. No more split handles. The cutter is clamped against the wheel by turning the main butterfly knob (sorry, I can't think of a better name) about a half turn. To un-clamp, turn it backward a half turn. Since there are no plier handles, there is a small button that actuates the little plier beak. I was skeptical about this feature, but it works just fine.
The one thing that I would request as an enhancement deals with the main knob. I think a crank would be easier and faster for me. However, it is a great tool design and I have on complaints.
I also have an old (at least 7 year old) Oxo Good Grips Smooth-edge can opener which I thought had gone bad on me but the problem turned out to be me(!)-- somehow I had developed some bad habits while using it. I have since corrected myself after analyzing my actions. The Oxo is easier to hold (rubbery grip rather than hard plastic) and has two handles which are gripped together in order to grasp the can edge. The fat grippy knob is easier to turn because your hand is at more of a handshake angle rather than palm-down. And the pincers are operated by the same scissors-type handles, which is an instinctive action, rather than by pressing a little button.
Neither the Kuhn Rikon nor the Oxo is suitable for a left-handed person. Now that I'm happy with my old Oxo again, I'm going to donate the Kuhn Rikon to Goodwill.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Din't work out for me. Would only open 1 of three cans and left a mangled mess of the two it would not open. Don't really understand the raving reviews.Published 6 days ago by M B
Works very well. It makes me want to open more cans than I need.Published 7 days ago by Dallas Sallad
This opener seems less sturdy than the old model (plastic versus more metal). But it seems to work well.Published 7 days ago by J. Forrister
I like the fact that you can close the lid again after it's opened, but the turning handle is a bit uncomfortable to use.Published 9 days ago by smiles
I bought this to replace an older Kuhn Rikon that I used for many years. My older one had a split handle so I was a little concerned about this solid handle grip. Read morePublished 9 days ago by LadyR
I replaced my old can "safe edge" type can opener with this one and I couldn't be happier. This turns easily and I love the "lid lifter" feature... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Sandi
This little can opener opens cans and it does it well. Seems to be good quality.Published 14 days ago by D. S. Hailey
Worth the price. My last one lasted 10 years ! Love the no edge cutting. Easy to use Highly recommend !!Published 14 days ago by P. Bauhoff