Product Type: Culinare gadgets
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Culinare MagiCan Opener
Member Name: Listerbelle
Culinare MagiCan Opener
+++ The backstory +++
Now in my early 40s (eek!), I have lived in more than 20 houses or flats as an adult. This has meant that I have become adept at packing and unpacking, as well as ruthless in what I (or my family) REALLY need. At times this is difficult, as I am a natural hoarder attempting to be a minimalist.
One item that comes with me to every new home is this can opener. I even have one in my locker at work!
This brand of can openers first entered my life when I was in my early teens. My mother had finally realised that there is some truth in the expression "buy cheap, buy twice" and had spent four times her usual amount on this opener in the hope that it would last longer than the others.
Now it obviously seems strange that I would remember this event many years on. This speaks volumes for the advertising and marketing of this kitchen must-have. It's unique selling point? Apparently this can opener was used on the space shuttle.
+++ The Culinaire MagiCan Opener +++
We now have three of these openers,: one at home, one in my work accommodation and one in my locker. It comes in white or graphite and is approximately 15 cm x 5.5 cm. It is quite a chunky style; I wonder if it has been designed with the aging population in mind? It feels slightly heavier than other can opener I have used.
This opener is slightly different to many on the market in that it is placed flat on top of the can inside the rim. The "turning knob" is then facing upwards. Underneath this knob is the working mechanism that comprises gripping parts and the cutting blade.
Once attached, the "arms" of the opener are held tightly together in one hand and the knob twisted with the other. Left or right hand - it doesn't matter!
The opener cuts through tin easily. The lid's edge is usually fairly smooth. It's easy enough to remove the led from the opener by simply opening the arms wide.
Finally, this item is easily cleaned. The manufacturers advise that it should not be soaked in washing up water but instead under running hot or boiling water, rinsed and then dried.
This opener is currently available in white and "graphite" from several suppliers on Amazon.co.uk for £3-4.
+++ Recommended? +++
Summary: Fantastic can opener.