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GI P-38 Can Opener (5-pack)
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- USA Made by US Shelby Co
- Genuine Military Issue
- Can be attached to a key ring or chain
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The can opener is pocket-sized (approximately 1.5 inches, 38mm, in length) and consists of a short metal blade that serves as a handle (which doubles as a flat-blade screwdriver), with a small, hinged metal tooth that folds out to pierce the can lid. The P-38 is cheaper to manufacture than a standard can opener, and is smaller and lighter to carry. The device can be easily attached to a keyring or dog tag chain using the small punched hole.
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A note on using the P-38; If you haven't used one of these before, get someone who has to show you how they work. It takes very little effort to cut the can lid and if it's positioned and used correctly it will take the lid off a can in short order with little effort. You shouldn't have to use a lot of force and if you are, you're doing it wrong. You probably don't want to use one of these if you have a lot of cans to open, in that case get a P-51 because it has a bigger blade and handle. The bigger blade cuts more can lid at a stroke and the larger handle increases your leverage and decreases hand fatigue.
But quickly, over time, I'd managed to lose track of every single one of the items I'd brought back from training with me, the last lone survivor having mysteriously vanished sometime roughly around 2004 or so. Believing that they had all gone the way of the dinosaur, along with our sarcastically beloved "C-Rations," it wasn't until only very recently that the thought had occurred to me that just MAYBE there might be a market for obscure items such as this in the "online" arena. Imagine my surprise when I learned that these things were not nearly as rare & obscure as I'd imagined!
The "5-pack" is just perfect! Now, in order to make sure I never lose track of them as before, I've looped one onto each of my keyrings (primary & back-up) and placed the other inside the pocket of my army duffel bag (which is where I'd stored my final hold-out before it inexplicably faded into the ether), so now there should be no more (or very rare few) bizarre vanishing acts.
As for the units themselves, I couldn't ask for more: they are well made, sharper than they appear, and have a very smooth (almost too smooth) operation... needless to say, I'm very impressed with such a seemingly "little" thing. The units I'd purchased from the seller "Gadgetscollection" are indeed stamped "US Shelby Co.", but you may want to verify that they are so designated before deciding to purchase from any of the various sellers. Cheers!
For Preppers: I bought these to Gorilla Tape to the side of #10 canned foods. Put one opener per boxed food unit. I know all good Preppers have a can opener, but if one has to grab & go, it's safe to know there's a opener in the case of food. At the current pricing, a couple of orders of these isn't a bad idea for "barter" items or give-aways while promoting 'Civil Defense" preparations.
Unfortunately, I find it difficult to use, and the tip of the blade was bending after one can. I have fairly large hands, which makes the opener feel smaller, but this tool also requires considerable hand strength to use. If you have any limits in finger mobility/strength, or you find that you have more trouble than normal in opening bottles/jars/etc. that require hand strength, this product is NOT for you.
I opened a single can about 80% of the way around so I could flip the lid up. Unfortunately, after this effort the tip of the cutting blade had started to bend/curve at a pretty significant angle. I plan to stash a few of these in the camping gear, cars, and suitcases (I've got 5 of them now, after all) for an emergency. If I get to a campground and don't have an opener for the first night's dinner, this will probably work. However, I wouldn't really want to rely on it for multiple meals over the course of a weekend.
You cannot beat the size of this product, but it seems that simple physics can beat it. I recommend it for the kind of backup use I describe in the previous paragraph, but not much more than that.
Note: I've ordered the larger P-51 opener and will provide a review of that when it arrives.