Thursday, September 14, 2006

Can openers

For the past several years finding a can opener that will actually open a can has been a "crap shoot' at best. I am left-handed. No, I am not ambidextrous, I am left-handed, left-handed, left-handed. Heck, I can't even wave with my right hand without slapping myself. Every can opener I find is designed by and for right-handed people. Add that to the fact that the lids of cans are not uniform, plus the quality of can openers leave a lot to be desired.

I have tried several styles of electric models from the cabinet type to the portable type and never found one that I can use very easily. My right hand just will not cooperate. It's like shooting a rifle off your right shoulder but aiming with your left eye.

The old fashion hand operated can openers work best for me. Until now I haven't found one of the quality that my mom used.

Enter Lehman's. They are located in Ohio and are a major supplier of goods to the Amish. I purchased this can-opener from them.













It may look like a Wally-World special but it is far from that. It appears to be made of tempered metal and the twist handle is welded to the gear instead of pressed on. The twist handle is "oversized" and the cutter is gear drive. It is an absolute pleasure to use. It clamps and cuts a can like no other can opener I have ever used.

By the time you get you electric can opener lined up, I will already have my can opened. I could not get the URL to pre-load so if you want to see the page you will have to "copy and paste". If you have never seen their catalog, it is worth checking out.


http://www.lehmans.com

8 comments:

Michelle said...

Urrgh! I loathe opening cans. I look for cans with a ring pull lid :o) I have around 25 can openers and none of them work, it drives me mental!

Annie said...

Thanks for the tip about left-handed people and can openers. I have left-handers in my family so maybe I'll get them something useful and left-hand-friendly now that I know where to find such a thing.

And thanks for the name of the artist to Signs, Signs, in my post yesterday.

squire said...

Annie, it is still for right-handed people but at least I can use it.

Hal at Ranch Ramblins said...

I'm a southpaw also, and I find left-hand shops interesting (although usually overpriced). Here is one that has a pretty good selection:

http://www.thelefthand.com/

I have bought items from Lehman's, and appreciate the large selection of "back to the earth" type products that they offer.

Anvilcloud said...

We also use a manual can opener but not of this quality I'm sure. Electric ones are more bane than boon methinks.

PEA said...

I'm not left handed but I can sympathize with you about finding a good working can opener! I had bought all kinds and none of them seemed to want to work properly...now I have one that looks similar to the one you bought and it's still not perfect but does the job. I will check out that link...have a great weekend:-)

Gary said...

I am left handed but I don't really have a problem with a right handed can opener. Maybe because when I buy one i look for the tallest one i can find. I think my biggest problem with electric can openers is keeping them cleam. They are always getting little food spills on them.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I can't open a can either and I'm right handed. Thank's for the link...I'll have to check it out.

 

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