Product Type: Morphy Richards gadgets
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Morphy Richards 46718 Multifunction Can Opener
Member Name: thedevilinme
Morphy Richards 46718 Multifunction Can Opener
Advantages: Cheap and classy
Disadvantages: Can struggle with some task?
The first practical tin openers were developed 50 years after the birth of the sealed metal can, believe it or not. The food in the tin concept was invented for the British Navy in 1813. But the food cans made of solid iron back then, the cans usually weighing more than the food they held. The inventor, Peter Durand, was guilty of this slight oversight and Navy ships having to take fewer men due to the extra weight. He had brilliantly figured out how to seal food into cans but gave little thought on how to get it out again! The navy lads actually had to use a hammer and chisel to get at their grub. Bit like Nandos. It was only when only when thinner steel cans came into use in the 1860s that the useable can opener could be invented. The first patented one was a bayonet style device attached to the counter in shops to keep it rigid that speared into the cans edge and the clerk had to open each can before it was taken away! The modern can opener, of course, uses a cutting wheel that rolls around the rim, invented by William Lyman of the United States in 1870. Most of the best designed can openers use this method. When they are designed correctly often impressive soft engineering When they ate not then you can buy them in Poundland.
Today the only worry we have with these devices is chopping our finger off from the serrated edge, why I always use a decent can opener that keeps the digits away from the steel. I definitely use a can opener on one on those dreadful ring pull cans that have fish in them and never quite peel the lid off and so you are in real peril in losing your grip and off down to casualty to finish the job. They are so dangerous and amazing they are on sale. We can thank Ermal Fraze of Ohio back in 1966 for this ring pull craziness although used more admirably in the fizzy drink business.
So, it is the modern day and everything is electric. Capitalism demands we buy stuff that we don't really need and so makes us feel indulgent and in control. A donation of just twenty pounds, of course, will secure clean water for an African family for the year yet most people buy electronic toothbrushes instead. Come on guys! An electronic can opener as equally decadent but it was free with my new credit card so who cares.
It's a basic plug and play device that's a manly black and silver, rare for the kitchen. I'm sure there are pink versions to encourage women to buy them. You simply slot the can under the cutter, push the handle thing down and a small electro magnet pulse places the can straight. It must sit straight or it won't do the job and makes a growling noise. Make sure its set right. A quick whir and rotation and off comes the lid, in theory. You don't need to hold the can at that point although if you have one of those Royal Navy cans there the tractor beam won't hold it in place. It's quite a big thing and well over a foot high so you could even open the old Watneys Party7!
There are add-on tools that you can use to cur into different type of food containers and you can also cut 'other things'. Best not muck around too much with it though, and certainly don't rely on the instructions to help you. Guys, the misses will be calling you in to set it up (after you have recorded Eastenders for her) as they are not clear. There is an Abul Hamza hook attachment to cut off ring pulls that have malfunctioned but that wasn't that great. But, like I said, anything that keeps your fingers away from those oblong ring pull cans and tins gets my vote. Keep that standard issue Royal Navy hammer and a chisel handy. As well all know women can't open jars and so there is an item provided here to loosen things up although no self-respecting man would conceded to a machine to open jars. I was not convinced by the third device, what appears to be a bottle and screw cap opener. Have yet to try that.
I think this is more a female device to protect their nails and hubby's embarrassment when he can't remove the child proof tops from the bleach than the sort of gadget a guy would buy. I can not imagine an Aussie man buying it, everything done with teeth and the wife's bum crack Down Under.
Cheap at 20 bucks and looks good in the modern kitchen. 12 month guarantee and easy to clean!
Summary: Middle-class kitchen artillery
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