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April 20, 2005


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Tim Palmer

It also "is" perfect as an emergency screwdriver, as a cleaner for boots and a million other tasks.

I've got one on my keychain and find it quite handy even in the urban jungle.

http://www.georgia-outfitters.com/page52.shtml has 2 for $1.

Bob  Shaver

I have one in survival kit, on my picnic basket, and in my backpackign cook set. You can't have too many.


I still have the first one I grabbed out of our first box of C-rations, in Army boot camp in 1977. The only place a GI could get them was in a case (12) of C-rations, where they appeared to be thrown in as an afterthought, 4-5 to the case. It's on my keychain. I still use it to open cans when camping (car-camping, that is). I've used it to adjust my carburetor, get a grip on a splinter, clean my fingernails, pick my teeth, adjust rifle sights, let air out of a tire, rip open taped boxes, and open cans of all sizes to the gasps and amazement of lookers-on. It shows no sign of wear, other than the hole where the keyring has carried it for 28 years.


At the photoalbum of http://www.the-canopener.com look for category line item: K T - Simple turn key, Rim Latch
Many variations to the theme.


The P-38 name had nothing to do with the amount of turns it took to open a can. The P-31 and its big brother the P-51 was designated with these numbers because of its size. The P-31 is 31mm long and the P-51 is 51mm long.

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