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P-38 Can Opener

P-38 Can Opener

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This small folding metal tool is a compact can opener developed by the US military for use in World War II.

It is called a P-38, but the origin of the name is unknown. It was likely a combination of the tool being 38 mm long and the popular military aircraft the P-38 Lightning that was introduced the previous year. It also supposedly took 38 punctures to open the C-ration can that the tool often accompanied.

To use, extend the blade so its perpendicular to the handle. Attach the notch in the handle on the ledge of the can. Using this ledge as a fulcrum, twist the handle so the blade pierces into the top of the can.

This simple machine is perfect addition to emergency or survival kits. It can also be stowed easily on a keychain. Many first-hand accounts boast about decades of multipurpose uses including screwdriver, boot cleaner, box opener, fingernail cleaner, and more.



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    J
    J.C. (New York, United States)
    Great Tool!

    This little can opener is amazing! It's great in both quality and functionality. It's extremely small and light and is a great addition to my backpacking gear!

    A
    A.P. (Florida, United States)
    Simple and fun

    Ok - that was fun. I've known of these things but never used one. Did it require a lot of cranks to open that can of beans? Yes. Was my finger and thumb a little sore? Yes. Was my wife impressed with the sheer masculine power as I demonstrated my mastery over the physical world through the engineering prowess of simple machines and leverage? No, no she wasn't. If you're still reading this- just buy the darned thing

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