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P 38 Or P 51 Can Opener Is A Simple Essential For Compact Emergency Kit

January 31, 2014, by Ken Jorgustin


The P 38 (or the P 51), “the best Army invention ever,” is a great add-on to one’s emergency survival kit – especially for a smaller and lighter kit. It can even be attached to a keychain using the small punched hole.

Here’s how it works…

The P 38 and the P 51 are both the same except for their size. The P 38 can opener measures 38mm long (The P 51 is 51mm long). They’re small, but cleverly designed to easily open a can.

The handle portion will also double as a flat-blade screwdriver.

Originally designed for the United States Armed Forces, the pocket-sized can opener consists of a short metal blade that serves as a handle, with a small, hinged metal tooth that folds out to pierce the can lid. A notch just under the hinge keeps the opener hooked around the rim of the can as the device is “walked” around to cut the lid out.

I’ve added several pictures to help get the idea across how to open a can with a P 38 or P51 can opener…





This can opener won’t last forever when used a-lot, which is why I also keep several quality ‘full-size’ hand crank can openers too. The P 38 or the P51 though are perfect for a small kit.

P 38 and P 51 Can Opener made in the USA