Product Type: Culinare gadgets
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Culinare MagiCan Opener
Member Name: jipp05
Culinare MagiCan Opener
Advantages: Will work on normal sized tins
Disadvantages: Pretty much useless on anything non-standard
A tin opener is one of those things that every single house is going to need no matter how much cooking you might or might not actually do. Even with loads of tins now coming with those ring pull tops there are still loads of tins that don't and need to be opened the old fashioned way with a tin opener.
I bought a Cullinare MagiCan because my mum has one and I always find it easy enough to use. When mine arrived however I noticed immediately that mine looked different to the one she has. As they are both official Cullinare products and not cheap copies Culinare must have changed the design of the tin opener.
The design change didn't bother me as although my one was slightly smaller I assumed it would have been changed for the better.
The MagiCan is made from majority white plastic and looks and feels a little cheap and even though it isn't the most expensive item in the world it isn't the cheapest either and cost me in the region of £6. The quality just isn't there with it unlike my mums which feels more solid and well made.
At the end of the day it doesn't matter how it looks or feels as it is a tin opener and will spend the majority of its life in the drawer only coming out occasionally to open a tin.
The MagiCan is supposed to be the world's bestselling tin opener and the stainless steel cutting mechanism is supposed to cut through tins smoothly and make the opening of tins quick and easy.
I find that for standard sized tins it seems to work fine 95% of the time but it is with non-standard sized tins where it is useless. Not only does it not smoothly cut through these tins but it also takes a lot of effort on my part to get the lid of the tin. On tins such as pie tins it really struggles with them and takes a great deal of effort to get the lid off at all with cuts all over the lid but no actual smooth cut to lift. The last time I tried to use it on a pie lid I had to end up getting a sharp knife into the holes that the MagiCan had cut and use the knife to cut the rest of the lid off which is not ideal when you have spent money buying something for this purpose.
On standard tin sizes most of the time it does work properly and cuts the lid off without any problems. It does occasionally stick which requires some brute force to get it to unjam but on the whole it is ok. When the tin lid has been removed it stays stuck to the MagiCan so there is no need to actually touch the lid which does stop you from cutting your finger.
If like me you are probably only going to use it occasionally then it should be ok as long as you only intend to use it on standard tin sizes such as beans or soups but to be honest for the price you can buy a much better tin opener which will do the job and not cause you endless frustration when trying to use it.
Summary: Save yourself the money and get something else
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