Free Camping in Klamath Falls, Oregon
P38 and P51 Can Openers
How to use a P38 Can Opener: it's a question you didn't know you wanted answered. I recently took a class about the YouTube SEO ( Search Engine Optimization). The "How to Use a P38 Can Opener" video was how I applied what I learned. So I recruited my good friend Alex to help me make this video. Alex has a long history with these can openers. I am half sure he was the one that first showed me one. Make sure to click the amazon links below to learn more and get your own and compare prices.
What is a P38 Can Opener?
Simply put: they are can openers. Sarcastic comments aside, these can openers were issued with military food rations to soldiers between the 1940s and the 1980s. Their simple design makes them easy to make and distribute.
Why Use The P38 Can Opener?
Alex explains a couple reasons he likes the P38 and P51 Can Opener:
"First of all, they're durable . . . You just can't break these."
"Second of all, you can carry them pretty much anywhere:
1. a wallet
2. a chest pocket
3. under a carpet
4. back of a seat
"You never know when you'll need to open a can, but when you do need to open a can, you'll be ready!"
So now that Alex has so convincingly pitched the P38 Can Opener to you, I have included the links below to get your own on Amazon.
How to Use the P38.
Alex goes on to explain how to use the openers themselves. The steps are as follows:
1. Rotate the blade so it is perpendicular to the handle.
2. Hook the small notch under the top lip of the can.
3. Rock the the handle back and forth, using the notch as a hinge point.
4. The blade will puncture the top of the can and cut as you rock the handle back and forth.
5. Just keep rocking 'til the can is opened sufficient to your needs.
If you need the visual instructions, watch the video here or check it out at the top of this blog post.
Use by Detours for Derrik
All I eat on the road is canned beans and tuna (with the occasional Taco Bell run). These can openers were on sale at a military surplus store near Idaho Falls, Idaho, for around twenty-five cents. So instead of borrowing my mother's fancy can opener, I opted to take my P38 and P51 can openers. I used them everyday. I preferred the P51 because of the increased leverage, but they work the same. I find them easier to use than a traditional crank can opener, when a flat surface is unavailable. So there is a flavor of what I do day to day when I am living in the van.
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