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- Measures 7-3/4-inch by 2-1/4-inch by 1-inch
- Large lever is easy to twist
- Leaves can lids safe and smooth
- Contaminated can lids won't fall into the food
- 7.75" by 2.25" by 1"
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MIU France CanDo safety can opener, item # 91600. The large lever is easy to twist. Leaves can lids safe and smooth. Contaminated can lids won't fall into the food. Easy to use and clean. Dishwasher safe.
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After only a few months of use it was showing rusty spots despite being kept clean at this time it also started to fail to cut through the edge and open the can.
The short live of this product was not wroth the early replacement, I purchased an OXO side cutter to replace and have been happy with the performance and durability.
I no not recommend this product, it is a good design just poorly executed and fails to function quickly.
Since I had another new, unused one (it was going to be a gift, but when mine started to fail, I gave something else), I could compare the two. The only difference seemed to be that the old one had a little more distance (about 0.1mm) between the grip wheel and the plastic body when the knob was turned to engage the rotary cam that draws the wheel toward the body. Since this is what pinches the can rim between the grip wheel and the cutter, a small difference in standoff could result in inadequate depth of cut.
I took mine apart by removing the cap on the knob and removing the pin inside that holds the knob on the shaft, then pushing the shaft end to open up space between the grip wheel and the body (see blue arrows in the photo, if it posted). That let me see a little bit of black greasy gunk around the shaft and the inside face of the grip wheel, so I cleaned that off the wheel, shaft and plastic body, then reassembled it. After that, it worked perfectly again. Now that I know that, I think it could be cleaned without disassembly by rotating the knob backwards half a turn to back off the cam and make some space between the grip wheel and the body, then using a bit of cardboard to clean it all around.
We'll see how long it lasts, and if cleaning restores it next time. Since I'd have to pay for shipping to get another from MIU (I don't need three!), and they all seem to work and fail the same way, I told them "no, thanks" on the replacement, and what I'd found.
UPDATE: It didn't last. After a couple of months, it was back to the same non-cutting, metal splinter-making behavior. I decided life's too short to fiddle with it any more and bought one of these: http://www.amazon.com/Good-Cook-Classic-Safe-Opener/dp/B000AX13US/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351642592&sr=8-1&keywords=good+cook+can+opener . After about a year and a half and dozens of cans, it seems to be a winner. Interesting that it appears to have the same cutting mechanism as the MIU, but the plastic body has a shallow recess around the back side the cutter wheel, where the gunk accumulated on the MIU and appeared to make it stop cutting effectively, so maybe that tiny detail is all that's needed to make the difference. The recess seems to allow the wheel to move toward the rim of the can to assure complete cutting. Anyway, experience to date says Good Cook good, MIU bad.
The first time I opened a can, it took one pass. Problem #2: With each successive can, it took a little more until I found myself making two passes. With the last and final can, I found myself making three complete passes with no success. I had to use a paper towel to grip part of the lid and then pry it off by hand. That was dangerous.
I will not throw it away because I hate to waste things. It will remain in my kitchen gadget drawer only as a curiosity. Let me save you some money. Don't buy this thing. I gave it two stars because it "sometimes" works.
UPDATE: I took it out of the drawer for old times sake and had a go at another can. This time, no matter how many times I circled the can, I could not get the lid off. It left the lid at least 50% intact (not cut). I tried to pry the lid off with pliers but that only made things worse. I drained the fluid, flipped the can over, and removed the other side with my electric can opener. By now, my MIU CanDo is probably in some landfill or has been incinerated. Save your money...
I thought it may have been the way the can was designed, so I kept using the can opener. The last time I used it, parts of the lid were cut but not the entire lid even after going around it several times. When I tried to lift the lid with my hands, I managed to get a 1/2" slice on my finger from a jagged piece on the top.
I tried it one last time to see what it did to the can and there were a couple rough spots on the lid which could have easily sliced a finger.
I am guessing this may be a defective opener based on all the reviews. If so, I'd be more than willing to try another one since it was great when I first purchased it.
Pro: Ease of use
Stores in a small space
Con: Can't think of any now
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