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The tiny, lightweight, P-38 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 (like the jeep)

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 was lightweight, could fold and was convenient to carry as it could be added to the chain holding a soldier's dogtags.


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The P-51 was the first change made to the P-38. It was called the John Wayne!


A collection of can openers believed to be offshoots from the P-38 and the P-51


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