Substantial and solid can opener requires 50% less effort due to cranking arm’s increased leverage. Safety cutting mechanism leaves no sharp edges, and cutting wheel doesn’t make contact with food. Use side pliers to remove lids and leave smooth edges for safety.
Durable ABS body with zinc die-cast handle is dishwasher safe.
I just had to buy a 2nd one of these for myself. My mother-in-law just stole mine. I have arthritis and can't turn the handle on any other can opener and her old electric can opener just kicked the bucket. She has arthritis too and I let her try mine to make sure she could work it. I am not sure what the other reviewer was talking about since mine opens tuna cans just fine. I will not ever buy another type of can opener and was so happy to try this in the store before I bought it. Very easy for arthritic hands to use and no stress at all on my hands or wrist to open cans.
Bought this for a friend who's in her early 60's. I've used it also. It is VERY easy to turn compared to the other types but, the handles that you squeeze tight isn't that easy if you have problems with your wrist
Would this be a good gift for an older person who is experiencing dificulty with the old style opener but doesn't like electric?
A shopper on Feb 22, 2011
Best Answer:I tried this at the store, and if I hadn't just purchased a new can opener, I would have gotten this one. It takes virtually no effort to turn, so I think it would be great. I was thinking all the Trudeau stressless tools would be great for older people, or people with arthritis
This would be an excellent gift choice. This particular can opener requires 50% less effort due to the increased leverage of its cranking arm. I am sure the person you would be purchasing this for will find it much easier to use than the old style can opener.
Myself, I am 61 and in South Florida where we can lose power due to strong storms. I recently got this from one of their stores, and can vouch when I used it during a power outage that the turning meant more cranking, but by the same token I did not have to use anywhere near the force I had to on an older model. It's a trade off for stress,but this is definitely a lot less stress for me, so what if you need to crank a few extra times, in the end it was the lack of stress that counted and I used less energy in the process. Hope this helps
Best Answer:You have to pull the handle open, exposing an opening where the can rim can fit between the two small wheels underneath. Once you place the opener's wheels over the cans edge, close the handles and turn the crank. The picture shows the opener already attached to the can, but you can see the small slit in the handle wher it pulls apart. By splitting the handles, you are eventually doing the same thing as lifting the handle of the old electric type. You are creating a space for the can rim and when you put them back together you are locking it in. You will have to open the handle again to release the can once it's open, just as you would have to lift the handle on the old fashion electric type. You do have to have the crank in the position shown to be spli the handle. Let me know if this helps.
Hey Vicky, This is a great can opener, just pull the lower handles apart and squeeze it around the top of the edge of the can you are opening. Then just turn the crank until open. To remove the lid, open the handles again and pinch the edge of the lid (like a pliers) and grab it to remove it and then discard. Hope thi9s helps.