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Small (38mm), great for key chains
The P-38 survival can opener is pocket-sized and consists of a short metal blade that serves
as a handle (also doubling as a flat-head screwdriver), with a small, hinged metal tooth that
folds out to pierce the can lid. A notch just under the hinge point keeps the opener hooked
around the rim of the can as the device is "walked" around to cut the lid out. The tiny,
lightweight, P-38 (38mm in length) collapsible can opener was developed during World War II.
Reported to have been a rapid 30 days design project in the summer of 1942 by the U.S. Army
Subsistence Research Laboratory in Chicago, IL. The origin of the name is not clear. Some
claim it required exactly 38 punctures around a can to open it. Others say it performed with
the speed of a P-38 fighter plane. Whatever the case, it is clear this little device has to
be considered one of the most perfect inventions ever designed for use in combat. It is a great tool to have for urban survival situations and is a welcome addition to a
"bug out" bag or survival kit.
2 Pack P-38 C-Ration Can Opener - B00AXLHG6C