Monday, April 13, 2015

How to use a P-38 (what is that?)*

The P-38 (and it's cousin the P-51) is a type of can opener that has been used by the military for many, many years. I have had one on my key chain since I was in the military some 40 plus years ago. It has a handle with a small, hinged metal tooth that folds out to pierce the can lid. A notch just under the hinge point keeps the opener hooked around the rim of the can as the device is "walked" around to cut the lid out. The handle portion can also double as a flat-blade screwdriver.

I have a passel of P-38 & P-51's from Amazon. Some to keep on hand and some to gift. Each of us have one on our key-chain and an extra in our BOB (bug out bag).
Some people have had issues with P38's that they have ordered, so I would highly recommend that you only order ones that are made in the U.S.

I decided to practice using my P 38 again just to show you just how easy it is to have a can opener with you at all times. This is how easy the P-38 is to use:
You hook the “notch” under the rim of a can & pierce the lid with the cutting blade...


Then rock the P 38 back and forth, “walking” it around the lid to cut the lid off. Like this...


There you have it. It's that simple to use. 

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