p-51-can-opener

The P 38 (or the P 51), “the best Army invention ever.”

It’s a great add-on to one’s emergency survival kit. Especially for a smaller, lighter, compact kit. You can attach it 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. They’re small, but cleverly designed to easily open a can.

The P 38 can opener measures 38mm long (The P 51 measures 51mm).

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.

It has 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. 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:

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This can opener won’t last forever when used a-lot. Which is why I keep several!

The P 38 or the P51 by US Shelby (Make sure they are stamped US Shelby to guarantee made in the USA)

P-38 and P-51 can opener made by U.S. Shelby

P 38 and P 51 Can Opener made in the USA