/ Reliable camping can opener
I've already tried tiny folding ones. No good. And proper ones with a wheel blade and turning handle would be too big.
In my mind I picture something like that found on a swiss army knife, but without all the other bits. Does anyone have any suggestions for/experience of something like this?
I use one of the old school one like this and haven't had any problems.
The folding type that you reckon are no good are actually better than most can openers sold for kitchen use. We used to use one as our main can opener for years. What's wrong with them?
I don't get why you aren't just taking a swiss army knife anyway? And why is a normal one too big??
anyhoo - there are these:
Maybe try some army surplus style stores?
My Leatherman opens cans, but I get it out a lot, it lives in the easy access bit of my bag, there is a chance I can loose it or drop it. Knowing I have a tin opener in my match box is piece of mind that I definitely eat. Sounds like the OP has had a close call in the past...
Only buy stuff with ring-pull cans? Shame they aren't all like that.
Though from experience of building bean-can catapults with Scouts, they aren't *quite* as strong.
otoh, if I was wildcamping I wouldn't take tins of anything, way too heavy for my preference! And if car camping, I'd just take the tin opener from the kitchen.
> I don't get why you aren't just taking a swiss army knife anyway? And why is a normal one too big??
Agreed - Essential camping kit: tin opener, bottle opener, corkscrew, saw. Hell, there is even a knife on there !
If you take dried food, that makes sense. If you carry Wayfarers or the likes, remember that the actual tin weighs next to nothing!
Sorry, I probably should have explained better - the folding ones I've tried previously folded sideways (and so just bent after a few uses), rather than out of a handle.
A swiss army knife was the fall-back plan, but it seemed a bit silly having all the other stuff I wasn't going to use - those ones tlm suggests look like they'd be worth a look.
Generally I do just try to take cans with ring-pulls, but wasn't paying attention last time. I know they're relatively heavy, but I figure a bit of 'fresh' tuna in olive oil can do wonders for morale.
Thanks all for the suggestions!
I'd second the folding can openers although I did have 'fun' using an ice axe to open a tin of tuna.
Asda do sachets of tuna, which although relatively expensive would be lighter for carrying than tins and get round the tin-opener problems.
Personally I have never yet managed to successively open a tin with a Swiss Army Knife tin-opener, but find the one on my Leatherman OK to use.
Tuna sachets is a good suggestion
Never had a problem with these myself.
The tuna sachets aren't such a bad idea though.
Tiny folding ones no good?
I've had my tiny military issue can opener since 85 and it has been everywhere and opened every tin, best bit of kit I've been issued:
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