This one looks basic, and it is, which is why it has turned out to be one of, if not, the best can openers that I have bought. It is made of metal and is solid enough to break through all sorts of cans, no matter what the shape is. It seems to glide around most corners with ease.
I have had this for years and, even though it looks like it should have been melted down and turned into a tin can, it still works better than ever, which is a lot better than some other can openers I have used, including the electric 'time saving' ones.
This one is called a 'Butterfly' opener as the metal handle you turn is shaped like the wings of a butterfly, (Sort of), having two curved arches which make turning it so easy.
On the opposite side of the butterfly wings there is the cog and a 'sharp' piece of metal that traps the can into the cog. This cog turns when you turn the butterfly wing and the 'sharp' piece is what cuts into the lid of the tin can.
The handle is long enough to get a good grip on with the top one being flat whilst the bottom one is more a rod.
To use this you simply push the handles apart, then you place the 'sharp' piece onto the rim of the lid. Then you close the handles together, squeezing your hand into a grip. This action causes the 'sharp; piece to pierce the lid and the cog to grip the underside of the rim of the can. Then you simple start turning the butterfly wings and watch as the can turns as the 'sharp' piece and the cog do their work, slicing through the lid with ease.
This is not just a can opener. No, it's a bottle opener as well having the bottle opener on the end of the flat pieced handle. This is used to pop the lids of those bottles of lager. The ones that do not have a screw on top.
If you're after a simple to use and sturdy can opener then this is for you. It makes those electrical ones redundant as this one has never ever let me down. Unlike the electrical ones I have stupidly bought.
This brilliant little invention sells in Tesco for about £3 - £4 which is money well spent when it comes to getting into that tin of beans....
It makes me wonder, how did they get into their tin cans before the can opener was invented????
After buying 3 more expensive can openers in the past that have broken in ridiculously short amounts of time, I decided to give the really cheap can opener a go. I decided that at 44p, I wouldn't mind if it turned out to be as rubbish as the previous 3.
I bought this can opener about 5 months ago now and have used it on a regular basis ever since. The butterfly can opener comes attached to a thin piece of cardboard that has the classic red, white and blue British colours that are associated with Tesco. The can opener was attached to the cardboard with a cable tie style piece of plastic that was easily snipped with a pair of scissors.
The can opener itself is made from a pretty sturdy metal. The handles are rounded to make holding and using the can opener more comfortable. One of the handles also has a bottle opener on it, which is always very handy. I have always found using the can opener easy and comfortable on the hands.
The Tesco value butterfly can is used by opening the handles so the can opener is open as wide as possible. The claws of the can opener are then placed on the side of the can and the handles are closed so the claws dig into the lip of the can. The butterfly twisting mechanism is then turned to allow the claws to cut into the lid to remove it from the can. I have always found the can opener to work perfectly each and every time. It can get bits of the can label stuck within the mechanisms occasionally. However cleaning the can opener well from time to time resolves this.
The only disadvantage of this can opener is that if you don't dry it incredibly well, it becomes a bit rusty. However with the shape of the can opener, it is very difficult to dry it very well. I have found the best way to get it dry is to open it out as wide as it will go and leave it to air dry after giving it a quick wipe with the tea towel.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this can opener. It has been far better than the more expensive can openers I have bought in the past. It is cheap, cheerful and does its job, which is all I ask for.
Up until recently I didn't own a tin opener like this. I own a flipping brilliant electric can opener that never ever lets me down apart from on Fray Bentos pie tins so when I spotted this costing only 60p when I did my usual weekly food shop in Tesco I bought it not only cos I thought it may have better luck opening those sorts of tins but I noticed it had a bottle opener on the end of it which I thought would also come in handy!
It came attached to a piece of card which told me who it was by and what it was with contact details on the back of that for Tesco and with a bar code so basic packaging it is.
The Tin Opener Itself:
What can I say about this really? Well its long tin opener as I have already mentioned with a bottle opener to the end of it and its butterfly looking really and made from silver coloured metal. It grips on to any can and is reasonably sharp. I simply grab the blade onto the can/tin and then I turn the butterfly part and it opens most cans rather easily.
Its made of metal and is stronger than I first thought it would be. It opens cans easily enough and with not a lot of hard work put in from me, like my electric can opener on Fray Bentos pie tins though it struggles though it is easier for me to maneuver and get to do what I want it to do cos it is manual. For an everyday tin opener for opening my tins of tomatoes, soups and the likes it works fine enough without killing my hands and I am happy to report on my Fray Bentos pies (which I love!) it works too although it takes time and me mucking about a wee bit. The bottle opener is a great little function to and I have had no issues with that at all!
All in all this is great for me and my needs to be fair to it and its very worth the 60p it costs cos the jobs my electrical can opener struggles with this actually does too but I can manipulate it to work so I'm pretty pleased with it!
Only available from Tesco stores.
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===Why I Bought This===
Well I think most households need a can opener of some sort. Even with lots of tins having the ring pull opening there are always some that still need an opener - like my baked beans and cans of fruit and fish.
This is the Tesco Everyday Value range and is very basic. The image above is of the old Vale range - but otherwise it is just the same.
Currently 60p on their website but was slightly cheaper when I bought mine.
I have never wasted much money on buying expensive tin openers and through the years have always gone for these butterfly sorts of openers as they are cheap and also easy to use.
When my eldest son cam back home for a few months between house moves he was horrified to see what we were using so bought up two 'fancy' ones - one where it ends up opening the side of the can instead of the top and another which opens at the top but is quite difficult to engage on the top of the tin.
Well now he has moved out again my youngest son and I are happy to go back to our basic can openers as one of the others in particular we failed to figure out how to work!
I find these basic butterfly openers both efficient and cheap - so what more could you want?
They are easy to fit to the top of the can and turn easily - I usually always leave a little hinge of tin so I then lift the lid up with a knife or fork and then scoop the contents out with a spoon - you can then just push the lid inside the can and squeeze the top together - ready to throw in the recycling bag - so there are no loose can lids floating around on worktops on which you could cut your fingers.
I know the edges of the cans can be sharp when using this type of opener but provided you are careful there should be no problems.
I find these cheap tin openers last really well. I wash mine after almost every use and never have much problem with rusting at all. Sometimes you can get a dodgy one where the two wheels do not meet properly or it can start to go that way with wear and tear. However these cheap openers do last surprisingly well and once they start 'missing' or 'slipping' when I'm trying to open a tin I just buy another one.
Cannot fault these for the price.
===Would I Recommend?===
When I first moved out of my mums house, she gave me a tin opener that she received in a set of kitchen utensils she had bought but didn't use. It was one of those ones with the black handle, it was rubbish! When doing my shopping one day I decided to pick up just a basic can opener as they are usually pretty reliable. I bought the Tesco value butterfly can opener.
The can opener comes attached to a piece of white cardboard wit the blue and red Tesco value logo. Of course, being Tesco value, it can only be purchased from Tesco stores and currently costs a measly 44p.
There is nothing fancy about this can opener, it looks just as you would expect from a cheap brand. The handle of the can opener is slightly rounded so that it gives a more comfortable grip, one of the handles also house a bottle opener. At the other end of the can opener is the butterfly twistable ledge, this is the part where you twist, for the gear to get to work and open your cans.
The can opener is easy to place on the side of the can you wish to open, just place it against the edge of the can and grip the two handles together, this will clamp the can opener into the correct position. Then just twist the butterfly part and the opener will glide around the edge of the can.
I've found it easy to operate the can opener as it doesn't take much effort to get the butterfly part to twist round making the gear work on the can. I found that after around a year of using it, that it did jam up quite bad, but this was easily solved by giving the gear a good clean to get the gunk and rubbish out of the way. Giving it a good wash did make it prone to rusting but it did give it a new lease of life for a few more months before going to can opener heaven. I've since replaced it with another one of the same can openers.
I'd definitely recommend this Tesco value butterfly can opener. Although it is cheap and has a very basic design, it is still incredibly easy to use and does last a long time for the price paid.
Originally written by cornishchic - April 2012
I bought this tin opener when I moved out of home 6 years ago, 6 years ago this cost about 30p which I thought was a mistake at the time however it now sells at 44p which is still amazing value.
As the name would suggest the tin opener is from Tesco and is part of their value range, the tin opener comes attatched to a simply cardboard backing which is white in colour and has the Value logo in red and blue on it. The cardboard has a hanging space at the top for displaying in the shop and the tin opener is attached with a bit of plastic like a cable tie so the tin opener has to be cut off the cardboard.
The tin opener is silver in colour and is made of metal which is not exactly heavy but it isn't exactly light either, the handle is slightly curved to make it more comfortable to hold than if it was just straight and on one end of it there is a bottle opener. The top fo the tin opener has a twisted piece of metal which you turn when you are opening your tin.
To use the tin opener you place it over the top of your tin with a cog at each side and then close the legs together to pierce the tin, you turn the butterfly mechanism and the tin opener will move around the tin cutting as it goes and when you get back to the beginning your tin is open.
The tin opener is easy to use and it worked fine for a few months however the cogs then seems to start getting a little blunt and eventually it became difficult to use the tin opener at all. For the price of the tin opener a few months usage seemed to be ok however I then found a much better tin opener from Asda and by paying a couple of pound rather than pence it has lasted us years. This is a value product and you do get what you pay for but I would say this is a pretty good starting product.