Friday Find ~ Can Opener



I’m really getting back to basics with this week’s Friday Find.  So, I’m not big on a lot of canned food items, but with the arrival of fall, I’ve been baking a lot and experimenting with pumpkin.  I’ve never been a fan of electric can openers…just one more thing to clutter the counter.  Jason came into the marriage with a hand held can opener that his mom gave him when he moved out on his own 20 years ago and she had it for about 9 years before that!  This can opener has been my fave…others have come and gone from my kitchen, but this one has stood the test of time.  But, this last week I was saddened when Dylan said that something was wrong with it…surely she wasn’t using it right!   But no, I stepped into to show her how it’s done only to find  that the blade is warped.  Booo!!  This puppy has as seen the last of it’s can opening days!

I was picking up a few things at Walmart yesterday morning and thought I’d better pick up a new can opener.  I had a more expensive one in my hand with a much more ergonomic design and then I decided to go with the simpler, more basic one. Just like our last one.


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These can openers look extremely similar….hmmmmm….


When I got home, to my surprise and delight, I found out that the old one and the new one were made by the same company thanks to the etching….Swing-A-Way.  I love it when something like that happens…a bit of serendipity in my day! Ok, it doesn’t take much for me!!!



The Swing-A-Way logo is the same 29 years later!


This beauty is just $8.97 at Walmart….let’s see if this one lasts 29 years too!  It goes to show that sometimes expensive is not better!



  • Nancy

    😀 I have the exact same one, beige handles and all! Mine was my Great Uncle’s and it’s still working. LOL! Now I know where to get a new one when it breaks, too. Thanks

    • Pam

      Nancy, I LOVE it that you have the same one!!! Do you know how old your’s is?

      • Nancy

        Oh, it is at least 30 plus maybe even 40!! I did check the cutting wheel and so far so good!

  • Lisa Dahl

    So good to know….I’m needing a new one and have bought a few different expensive ones that don’t work at all. I will definitely be picking this one up!!

    • Pam

      Lisa, let me know what you think of it!!