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Military Survival Kit Can Opener, P-51, US Shelby Co. (Pack of 4)
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|Item Dimensions||3.15 x 0.39 x 5.12 inches|
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The P-51 is the larger version of the P-38 and was often used by mess hall cooks to open the big trays and large cans of chow. The P-51 is a full 2in long. The added length affords more leverage and doesn't require as much thumb pressure to use. Some prefer them over the P-38s because a P-51 will open cans much easier and faster and will last much longer than the P-38. We recommend having one in every car, on every key-ring and included in every emergency survival kit. Pack of 4.
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Bottom line: If you want a tiny can opener to keep in your emergency supplies or to take backpacking, the P-51 is a good choice. Just don't expect it to open more than a few cans.
- It's small, but not as small as the tiny P-38. The extra leverage provided by the 51mm arm is worth a few extra grams.
- It opens cans. I opened several cans with minimal difficulty, once I got the hang of it.
- My big hangup is the little hook cut into the side edge of the opener. It "grabs" the corner of the can and acts as a fulcrum for the lever handle. After the fourth or fifth can, it bent and no longer hooked into the can's lip. I was able to bend it back into place with pliers, but it bent again with the next can. In my opinion, this makes the P-51 disposable.
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This really is meant for camping, hiking or survival type events and activities. This is really not built to be used in a kitchen home or professional as the opening a single can takes a decent amount of effort and time which in a camping or survival situation is fine considering the almost non-existent weight added to a backpack
Pros: Lightweight, small, effective, large enough to fit in your fingers without problems (I have large hands)
Cons: Not super durable, can not be kept in a pocket or on a key chain,
All in all I am very satisfied with this product. There were no surprises the can opener does just that; open cans. It is not a very expensive product so it is no surprise it is made of inexpensive materials and not built to be used as a homes primary can opening method. I also prefer these P-51 to the P-38's, which are smaller. The P-51 is an excellent size at not to big to be annoying but definitely large enough to be functional.
They fold nicely and have a hole in which a keychain can be attached. In addition to it's compact size, it's easy to wash and clean, and I'm sure the blades can be sharpened as well.