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    Don't see those very often :-) good for making wood burning stoves out of quart cans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gpburdelljr View Post
    This is what Iíve always called a church key.

    https://www.amazon.com/Chef-Craft-21...s%2C221&sr=8-4
    Yep. The OP's picture is a hybrid with a "butterfly" type opener and a "church key" all in one. A swiss army knife of an opener from its looks.


    ZZZButterfly.jpg
    "Butterfly" type rotating wheel can opener originally invented in 1870's. Almost all now include bottle top and/or can puncture devices incorporated into the handles.



    ZZZchurch key.jpg
    "Crown" type bottle top opener resembling an old real key. The "Crown" bottle top was invented in the 1890's. Old keys typically had large loops to both attach to lanyard or belts or rings and also help with the force required to open the large mechanical locks used years ago. And as monks were often also local beer brewers, their monastery keys may well have found a second purpose. This resemblance is likely the origin for the nickname.


    ZZZChurchkey2.jpg
    Opener now most commonly referred to as a church key after flat tops on steel beer cans were introduced in the 1930's and a puncturing device was needed.



    ZZZp38.jpg
    Best for hiking/backpacking due to low weight. The P-38 aka "John Wayne" was invented in 1942 and packed with WWII K-rations to open them. The P-51 followed for larger bulk rations and is a bit easier to use.
    Last edited by 4eyedbuzzard; 07-24-2021 at 10:36.
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