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10 P-51 Can Openers by Shelby
- 10 brand new P-51 can openers
- Made in the USA
- Weight: .3 oz.
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Manufactured in the US by Shelby Co. Originally issued in WWII as openers for C-rations. They're a very basic and failure-proof steel design. The flat edge can be used as a screwdriver. Each weighs 0.3 oz. P-51 Model number P-51-2-1503 (Opener Canned Ration).
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Electric can openers - well... Require electricity. In the apocalypse.... Have fun with that.
Hand crank w/ puncture - After a while the blade gets dull and doesn't cut the lid. Then the gears that hold the can start stripping when the round blade gets dull. Then you have a hand cranked device that only peels the top of the cans paper label. We've all had that happen.
Hand crank w/ cut-free lid removal - The best can opener of the 3 listed so far. Doesn't make a sharp edge to cut yourself on. Doesn't dull out. The only problem is that it will start stripping itself after use on a few thicker cans. It will stretch the metal and leave a gap that the opener can't close the gap to. Then it won't bite down and roll the lid off of smaller cans. Small can = 1 Cup veggies (regular can) Large can = 1 Gallon Baked Beans (DFAC style, anyone remember KP from Basic training?)
P-38 / P-51 - Yes, just starting out using one will take you about a minute to open a lid. But after you've used it for a few months (or a few years like me and the wife) you can open a can in about 10 seconds flat without even trying. The one in my wallet was about a year old. When I got these new ones I realized how dull the blade was on mine. Yes the blades on these can get dull, but overall you won't lose grip and you can still open cans. A cheap can opener at your local brick and mortar store that rhymes with Mall-Fart (always low prices) will cost you a few bucks. The cheapest solid metal one with no hand grips that will break as soon as you get home costs 88 cents. These P51s cost the same price as a decent 1, but you get 10. And even if they get dull after a years use, don't toss them. Put them in the misc drawer, survival bag, trunk of your car, by your canned goods, in the garage, wherever, so that way when the crap hits the fan, you can still open a can... :) If I don't give these away. These 10 should last the rest of my life.
An enlarged version of the p-38, These are still very small and take up almost no room in your bag or put them on your keychain.
Some day all cans will be pop tops.. but until that day these are handy to have.
I first bought a batch years ago when we kept breaking can openers, for less than $1/ea these hold up very well.
Originally suppose to be used a couple of time and discarded by soldiers these simple yet effective can openers last a while.. you can probably get on avg about 100 cans opened with them.
The only weak spot in the design is the cut out on the side that creates a little hook, this gets under the can's lid but is very thin.. watch for it wearing down or rounding over, sometimes you can shape it up with a needle file.. sometimes not.
Otherwise just use and wipe clean.. they will rust if you leave them in water.
Do not clean them in the dishwasher, The detergents often will cause rust.
Only bad thing is the price continues to rise, every time I go to buy a pack it's went up.
Hand them out to friend and family they are very useful for their size.
One tip if you carry one with you though, the cutting tooth is pretty pointy.. I use a bread tie around it to keep it folded flat on my keychains and in my backpacks.
Years ago my roommate and I couldn’t even afford an electric can opener but we had a P-38 that never failed to open a can. Heck, my current electric can opener only works if the can is placed on the drive gear just right. What a pain. Now I just grab a P-51 and let ‘er rip.
I'd prefer not to use a P-38 to open a #10 can. It would require rocking the opener 100 times and need more force than a little can. A P-51 needs to be rocked only 65 times. It's more comfortable to hold, and it hooks onto the bead better. It's a much more reasonable alternative to a rotary opener. Compared to a rotary opener, it's cheaper, easier to clean, less subject to damage, and better able to open cans with corners (such as sardines).