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I have always been one to love gadgets and many many years ago I bought my first electric tin opener. Well this was the bees knees, this was the Kenwood Can Opener, now it lasted for quite a few years, in fact it never did break but started to look a bit tatty, so I purchased another one (the one I still use now!) with my Boots Advantage Points.
Well with this one I got a couple of extra's as this was also a bottle opener ( as in beer bottle!) and a knife sharpener.
Both of the ones I had were in white, but I have noticed that since that last purchase they now do a lovely chrome one, which I would love to buy, but there is nothing wrong with the one I already have. That's the problem with these they never break, so you don't need to replace them ( Well I will point out that this is in my case, before someone tells me theirs broke after 5 minutes use!!) very often.
This comes in the shape of a sturdy, freestanding white plastic gadget, this is approx. 10 inches high and 6 inches wide. It is of a very simple design and has an arm on the front at the top that lifts up and down, as well as lifting off, so you can give it a clean from any build up of food from around the tiny blade that pierces the can lid when in use. At the end of this arm there is a grey soft rubber hand grip.
You lift this up and you will see a round metal cog, this is where you will place the can you are opening, then push the arm down into the can and it will lock and start to turn the can around. Then it will automatically stop when finished and the magnet under the arm will hold the lid in place away from the can as you remove it.You can then pour all the contents of the tin into your bowl and place the sharp tin lid into the empty can as it gives it a clean cut from the rest of the tin, but can be sharp.
Now to start with this can be a bit tricky until you get the hang of it, but before you know it you wil be doing it with your eyes closed it's as easy as that. I do it now without even releasing that I am and it's very man friendly as well!.
Beneath the arm there is a moulded dip into the front of the opener with a metal surrated edged which will flip the lid of any beer bottles without any problem, when my kids were younger they used to love being able to use this part of the opener, as they were not allowed to use any other part because of sharp edges ect..
When you turn this opener around you will see the back has two large slits, this is where you can sharpen your knifes. to be very honest with you although I've been using this gadget for so many years I have never sharpened my knifes with this, as with having small children around I was always nervous of having very sharp knifes about and it has just been something I have never thought about. I will proberly give it a go later as they are all very grown up now!! (I will update to say how sharp they are and proberly also do a review on plasters!! ).
At the bottom of this opener on the back there is a cord storage space which is handy, as you only need to pull out the amount you need so it looks neat and tidy without it looking an eyesore hanging out of the back.Now the only drawback I would say is that it is brilliant on standard size cans, but sometimes can struggle if the tin is not perfectly round or if it is one of the larger size tins, but it gets there in the end! This runs on a 40 Watt motor.
I still get people say to me or when my sons bring a new girlfriend back, they whisper what is that your mums doing, as so many people have never seen one before, which amazes me!
When I got my last one it was from Boots with my Advantage Points so I didn't pay a thing, but it retailed at around £18.00. I've noticed that on Amazon you can purchase one of these for only £11.99 what a bargain and the chrome one is only £14.97 (I really want a chrome one, perhaps I'll treat myself to one and give this one to my daughter!)
I would never never be without my can opener, as I use it all the time and when I have been away and have had to use a handheld metal one I hate it, as this takes the lid off with so much ease, just stand there and push the arm down easy! You can even walk away and do something else as this is automatic and will stop when finished.