A Brief History Of Can Openers

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Since it is so essential to have a can opener so that you can open a can, most people believe that they were invented at the same time. However, this is not the fact, cans were invented to store food for the navy in the early part of the 19th century. But can openers were only invented about 5 years later by Ezra Warner. Till then, people used all kinds of creative means to open cans, mostly resorting to a hammer and chisel or knives!

What you use today was a modified version of the original design from 1870. This slightly modified design of the can opener came up in 1925 and had an added jagged edge on the cutting wheel. Since then, the only change to can openers has been that they are now electric. However, these electric can openers are not everywhere and there must be hardly any kitchen across the globe where you do not find the classic can opener.

Though these classic can openers were invented almost half a century back, people are still using them to open millions of cans each day. This is because the manufacture of can without the ring pull is much cheaper. Also, if you haven’t done it in some time, there is also a certain degree of nostalgia associated with opening a can with a can opener. Be careful though, it can be a bit dangerous if you end up cutting your hand on the sharp edge of the can’s metal top.

Though these classic can openers were invented almost half a century back, people are still using them to open millions of cans each day. This is because the manufacture of can without the ring pull is much cheaper. Also, if you haven’t done it in some time, there is also a certain degree of nostalgia associated with opening a can with a can opener. Be careful though, it can be a bit dangerous if you end up cutting your hand on the sharp edge of the can’s metal top.

The classic design is not the only one for can openers. You will find another popular design called the P-38 pocket opener that is used by the Army and also given out with food aid to developing nations. This version of the can opener is much cheaper to make than the classic design since it uses less amount of metal and has only a hooked metal blade. For those who are used to this version, they find it easier to work with than the original can opener and it is definitely easy to store and carry this one.

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