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Thread: Can anyone recommend a good manual can opener?

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    "Anyone have one that has lasted at least half a year they can recommend?[/QUOTE]

    Yes, I can highly recommend the Swing Away Portable Can Opener. I see them on Amazon but I got
    mine at my local grocery store. I have had it over 2 years and it has never failed me. I do not
    put it in the dishwasher, just rinse the blade off and let it air dry. Love it!!

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    I also had the one made by KitchenAid & I hated it, it was so hard to turn so I got rid of it & bought one made by Starfrit that cuts the top off & holds it until you remove it from the opener. I love it.
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    Vermont Country store catalog is one place you might look. they have lots of "old" stuff!

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    Best one I ever had is OXO.

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    http://www.amazon.com/Swing-A-Way-40.../dp/B001CDEFK0

    The retail price is very very wrong but the sale price is very very good. LOL
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    I have an Oxo as well. I highly recommend it. You can get it ar Bed Bath and Beyond with a coupon

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    I have one that the handles squeeze together like scissors - easy to use, cuts really well. Similar to this one

    http://www.amazon.com/Chefn-EzSqueez...eze+Can+Opener
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    I also have the older pampered chef one and love it. Took me a while to get used to it, but now I have the feel of it and it is much easier for me to use than other hand openers.
    I went through one after another electric openers until I got fed up and decided to never buy another one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchit123 View Post
    I have bought all of the above and they don't last long enough to justify their cost's. I was browsing through an Antique store and came across an old one called ''Swing Away'' it attaches to the side of a cabinet or where ever you want to put it. It is from the late 50's /early 60's My Dad has been using it for over 3 yrs and loves it. It is easy to use and stays sharp. He can't stand the noise the electric ones make-
    My mother had one of the Swing-Away's like that and it was the best opener ever. I have one that is hand held that I have had for about 6-10 years and it does a really good job. Not quite as good as the really old one but very acceptable.

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    I have one of these http://www.amazon.com/Swing-A-Way-40...KGC7B75VGC4XV7 It's the second one that I've owned, I wore out the first one after many many years of use.
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    I have a swing away, wall mounted. It's been working just fine for about 20 years now. You can find them online for 10 bucks, give or take a little. Mine came with a little removable magnetic doodad that catches the lid when it's completely severed and lifts it off for you.

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    OXO is one of the best I've ever had. I bought mine at Kohl's.
    Karen in Kentucky

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    I have a Swing Away, pretty much always have had one. It's mounted on the wood molding around the pantry door. They last 6-7 years staying sharp. But the next one I get may not be that good and probably what's wrong with all the other 'new' ones. MADE IN CHINA. Yep, Swing Away is now a China product. I'll bet many of the others are too, just like Levi's. It's all junk now but expensive. I've started checking out and buying Made in America products.

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    I have a Good Grip I really like. I e had it unite a while. I like the big rubber handles.

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    Funny can opener story to lighten your heart during your search.
    When DH and I set up housekeeping together I hand a normal can opener from The local "buy it cheap" store. It soon wore out, so I went a bought another inexpensive one. It lasted less than a month, so I went and bought a more expensive one thinking the less expensive one was made of cheap materials. The second one was trash in about six weeks! I next tried one of those little battery operated ones that takes the whole top off of the can, did not like it much, and when I cut myself trying to use a spatula to clean out the rest of the tomato paste, it also joined the others in the trash. Next I tried an expensive electric one. Got the best I could afford, and it was trash within a week! Now, getting really disgusted by the low quality of can openers I was finding, I acquired an extra one my sister had had for years that was still nice and sharp. You can just imagine my chagrin when it was up useable in less than two weeks?! Now, I am not usually this hard on things, so I started wondering if putting them (non-electric ones) through the dishwasher was the problem, so I again bought a mid-price manual can opener, carefully stored it, hand washed it, and treated it like fine china, and just "knew" I could make this one last longer by doing so. Wrong! Less than three weeks later it was toast! I began to wonder if the gremlins were doing this (since nothing else made any sense) and began to watch the can opener for anything that might be making this happen. Imagine my complete surprise when I finally noticed the fact that I had fallen into the habit of letting DH open cans for me as I cooked, and finally figured out that the problem was him! My wonderful was DH doing them in! He is a very strong man, and a lefty. He was actually twisting them out of alignment just trying to get them to work in the "wrong" hand! We had a great laugh, and I forever banned him from using my can openers! Haven't had to buy anew one since. Lol!
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    I have a kitchen aid one also, really find it is easy to work with. I have another one that is a generic one and it is not as good as the kitchen aid

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    can opener

    I bought mine at the local super market. Not the flimsy kind but the sturdy one. I find it is satisfactory and works quite well.
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    I highly recommend a SWING-A-WAY. I don't know the mfg. number, I have the one with white handles, had it for 15 or more years, works as good as when new, hand-held and glides really easy. Best can opener I have ever had and much prefer it to an electric one, stores in my utensil drawer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fangman View Post
    I bought a regular "Farberware" about a year ago and it works great.
    this is what i use & the crank turns like butter -- it's SO EZ!
    "variety is the spice of life"

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    Mine is by FArberware. I probably paid around $10.00 for it, maybe. It isn't the smooth edge but will take the top off. As soon as I'm done with it, I get it soaped up and run a scrub brush around it. A quick way to dry it thoroughly is take a paper towel and use the can opener on it as you would to open it. This prevents it from accumulating any rust on it. You will be able to tell also if you have it cleaned well. So many people do not think about cleaning their can openers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misty's Mom View Post
    I bought one of these last year, its well made and solid. Made in the USA!
    Sharon in Texas

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    Mine is a kitchen aide

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    I have both a handheld and a wall-mounted Swing-A-Way. I've had them both for years, they work great. Assuming they are still made as well as they used to be, they should still be a good choice.

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