--Crimmeney for a fairly simple machine there sure are some crummy
examples on the market. SWMBO doesn't have the hand strength to make a
decent cut any more and I haven't done much better. Does anyone know of a
reeeeally robust can opener, preferably electric?
Not electric, but the Swing-Away brand available at yard sales for 5 to 25
cents sure open cans easy, even for this old fart with carpal tunnel and all
that. Very little effort, and the handles are long, giving you good
leverage, and wide so they don't hurt your fingers where you grasp them.
I'd buy another in a heartbeat, but the one I have will probably outlast me,
and it was used when I got it years ago.
Heart surgery pending?
Not sure but will try and look for a brand name on it later get back this
evening hopefully--right now I'm in the shop dinking around with some
titanium screws for a local surgeon....still need to rack 10 gallons of beer
into kegs--then gonna smoke some pork and also form a 15lb hamburger chub
into individul patties and freeze...later will continue with the chevy
4l60E transmission rebuild...hopefully find that taco pump thats kicking
around here someplace make a set of flanges for it get some bottom heat in
Like others here, I like Swing-a-Way brand, they are
heavy steel with geared drivewheel/cutterwheel
coupling. These are classics, like Vise-grip pliers,
and all the imitations fall short .
Another style of canopener uses a hard indenter wheel
to split the seam of the can lid, leaving a press-fit
lid for the can; this works well for eat-half-now
meal plans. It's a lovely little mechanism...
..still need to rack 10 gallons of beer
My list of to do's is shortening, and my beer making is rotating up. I just
have about everything I need, just need to set up and do it. Am looking
forward to some homebrewed porter and darker ales. Made one Corny of
porter, and it was great. Just need to get the stuff set up so that it
doesn't take longer to get everything together than to actually brew and
ferment it ............ My aim is to have a full CO2 setup with about four
Cornies in the fridge at any given time. I have just about decided not to
bottle, or do so on very limited runs.
So much to do, so little time .............
Heart surgery pending?
Wet or Dry ? I have a great dry rub recipe , tastes great on pork
shoulders/butts , chicken , even briskets .
Smokin' with dry rub is really big in Memphis ... though when it comes to
ribs I prefer wet grillin' .
I have been using for years Moulinex OpenMaster model 247 (its newer
reincarnation is Krups OpenMaster #404), simply briliant.
They are of the seam splitting type, no contact between the blade and can
contents, hence no cleaning to do. Neither any sharp edges.
Beware of the battery operated "One Touch" varieties, they look similar but they
cut the can just below the seam, contacting contents with the blade.
The Swingaway has its fulcrum at the end, which does give more leverage
than scissor types. And, when wear makes the cutting gap too wide, undo
the fixing nut for the cutting wheel and put its shim on the other side.
Good enough to be the first can opener in outer space!