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Does anyone else hate tin openers?


I always really hate using the things! Why it is that even nowadays, only some tins have ring-pulls? Though maybe the (cheap supermarket brand) opener I have is just crap. The other day, I was trying to open a tin of ratatouille with it, and somehow managed to cut my finger and make it bleed quite heavily. The most recent ratatouille tin, from a different supermarket, had a ring-pull. But the tin of assorted beans (not baked beans) in chilli sauce did not. I avoided cutting myself, but it was still a messy pain to open the lid.

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They always freak me out and I am always extra careful to not want to cut myself. But being extra careful, I cannot summon the strength to rip them open. Once I put in enough strength to finally rip them opened, I have a feeling my hands will slip into the razor sharp edge and severely cut me. Or deeply cut my wrist.

I guess its intent is to be user friendly for people without access to can opener. And design-wise, I guess this is the cheapest and most financially feasible way for them in order to keep costs of can goods low enough.

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The only tins I've really seen here with ring-pulls are for cat food. I have to use a can opener for 99% of the cans I buy. I use a fork or spoon to raise the lid. I've never cut myself opening a can.

I find paper far more dangerous. I've given myself thousands of papercuts, lol.

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The only tins I be opening are mostly ring pulls now, beans, tuna, sweetcorn, my sister's/mothers dog & catfood are ring pulls, that said I don't fear tin openers, or cutting my hands, they've been in the wars over the years couple of scars even, where I've had stitches.






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I think theyíre fun to use, but I havenít used them very often because most of the tins I use have a ring-pull. A few years ago, I was keeping a lot of tins and cans so I could open both ends with a can opener and then cut them up with scissors to make things with them. It wasnít as easy as the videos made it look, and I didnít make anything good.

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some people have the ****iest can openers that cant open anything. they're just kept as a trap. you need to throw that **** out.

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I've had good results with OXO brand ones. Every other brand I have bought has been complete garbage that rusted and stopped working after a short time.

I generally look for pull open cans whenever possible because they're just easier to deal with. But usually if an opener is gonna rust it starts within the first couple of weeks after you start washing it. I've had the OXO one for a couple of months and not a bit of rust anywhere so far. You can't even trust the other brands when they say they're stainless steel. Typically they will still have a cheap rivet or something that will rust right away. Also the little gears in most of them are cheap soft (sintered?) metal that will start to disintegrate as soon as you start using them and that's what causes a lot of them to stop working.

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The only thing I dislike about it is that any liquid in the can might bulge out the top during the opening process, and I always get some liquid on the cutting blade and have to clean it off.

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You won't hate your tin opener so much when you're stuck down in your nuclear shelter with months of supplies of food in tins and you're left your tin opener up at ground zero with deadly fallout so you can't come out your bunker. LOL. Your tin opener would be your prized possession then.

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I think theyíre fun to use, but I havenít used them very often because most of the tins I use have a ring-pull. A few years ago, I was keeping a lot of tins and cans so I could open both ends with a can opener and then cut them up with scissors to make things with them. It wasnít as easy as the videos made it look, and I didnít make anything good.
What sort of things? That sounds interesting and something I'd do.

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I've heard you should wash the can (tin) thoroughly before opening too.



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i like it. it reminds me of old/vintage supermarkets.
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Back in the 70s they were a lot more common, I remember seeing beer cans with the little tin tabs on them and I was told a lot of people accidentally drank them because they would throw those tabs out in half-empty cans and later drink from them


They were a bit more popular in the 80s than now for food, and some of them were cheaply produced. The tab would often get torn off when I used them, which would then require me wedging a knife in the can and manually pulling back the lid until I could safely yank it off. The only time I really use them now is for Spaghettios, but the one on that can is sturdy.


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I like using them. I mean the ones you use your hands and not the electric ones. I usually cut them about 90% away around and leave a little lid, then squish it inside the can when I'm done. I do wonder if it doesn't leave micro-shards of metal in the food though. I hope not. The pull tab ones seem like they leave the sharper edge.
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Back in the 70s they were a lot more common, I remember seeing beer cans with the little tin tabs on them and I was told a lot of people accidentally drank them because they would throw those tabs out in half-empty cans and later drink from them

I heard that guys would put the pull tabs in their beers on purpose and drink them as a macho bravery type thing. lol

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The cheap ones are terrible - even just the Ikea ones are a lot better. What I'm not fond of are bent or damaged cans of food. I always like to make sure I get perfect cans - but sometimes the cheeky devils at the supermarket try and slip a few bent ones in too.
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I feel like the pull ones are going to cut me on the edges. Also electric can openers can be really annoying if you don't get the edge of the can just right under the blade, it won't open.

Also, I am OCD because I want to wash the top of the can before I open it. Because if there's any dust or somehow bugs or rodents pooped on top of the cans somewhere, then it gets into the contents since the water comes on top of the lid when you open it. Same with soda cans.

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