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18 Month Long Term Review
on 8 January 2012
If you have been researching 'manual' can openers here on Amazon, you may have come across my review of the Culinaire Magican Opener from June 2010.
I gave it a low two stars then, because it ceased to open cans after about 12 weeks from purchase, and I explained there and then that I was going to go for the Brabantia Essential Opener with plastic handles, and report back after 6 months.
Then I promptly forgot about it.....Until a comment reply on the Culinaire came into my mailbox this morning and embarrassed me into actually doing what I promised.
So, it might be a little later than promised, but here it is...
Firstly....size and build quality.
This is a beast of an opener, an awful lot of handfilling metal for less than £8, and, although bulky in the hand, is still easy to hold and operate effectively.
When I bought ours the handles were made of thick black plastic that added to the bulk, but I now see Brabantia appear to have sheared off a lot of the plastic to make the handles slimmer and easier to grip for small hands - which will make it even more easy to use.
Secondly.....Ease of Use.
Without a doubt this is a ten out of ten. The can is gripped securely even in smaller hands and the large opener is easily operated by the thumb and forefinger.
Lastly.....Longevity and effectiveness.
Here my forgetfulness has actually helped my review. It's been going strong now for 18 months without loss of grip on the opening wheels, and 'the beast' still looks as good in the culinary drawer as it did when I took it out of the wrapper. It appears to have years of use left in it.
Overall, a great purchase. It's well built, easy to use, opens all types of can thickness easily and without effort, and it looks like it will go on and on.
Hope this helps.