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Not nearly as good as a strap wrench
on January 29, 2014
I bought one of these because it got good reviews. It often took several attempts to open a jar. Sometimes the opener slid all the way off (I suppose it wasn't perpendicular to the jar, or I pushed a little up/down instead of perfectly level). Other times, the jar stayed inside the opener but still slid out of the teeth. I finally stopped using it and went back to the old methods. I would give it more stars since it worked with enough effort, but I don't think a product deserves many stars if it's so frustrating it ends up in the junk drawer. I also didn't like the way it scratched up the lids.
Then I bought a strap wrench to fix a faucet (This is a real strap wrench from the hardware store, not something advertised for the kitchen). I got smart and put it in the kitchen, and it works perfectly. It turns so easily that I thought it had slipped loose the first couple of times I used it. But that's just how easy it is to open jars. This morning I used it to open the glued-shut lid on a bottle of nail polish. I was amazed at how easily that bottle opened (It took a slight push, but it wasn't hard at all). The strap wrench is a wonderful tool!