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P-38 Can Opener

P-38 Can Opener


What is this little piece of metal you ask? Oh nothing but the U.S. Army's greatest invention says almost every U.S. Troop who's ever been enlisted. This is one of the army's greatest tools. It can be used for dozens of jobs. Makes a great can opener, cutting edge, groove cleaner, screw drive, clean finger nails, open seams and many, many more practical uses. This 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. Most troops carried it on their dog tags.


More than just a can opener, in time the P-38 acquired 1001 uses: 1. Can Opener 2. Seam Ripper 3. Screwdriver 4. Clean Fingernails 5. Cut Fishing Line 6. Open Paint Cans 7. Window Scraper 8. Scrape Around Floor Corners 9. Digging 10. Clean Out Groove on Tupperware lids 11. Reach in and Clean Out Small Cracks 12. Scrape Around Edge of Boots 13. Bottle Opener 14. Gut Fish (in the field) 15. Scale Fish (in the field) 16. Test for 'Doneness' When Baking on a Camp Fire 17. Prying Items 18. Strip Wire 19. Scrape Pans in the Field 20. Lift Key on Flip Top Cans 21. Chisel 22. Barter 23. Marking Tool 24. Deflating Tires 25. Clean Sole of Boot/Shoe 26. Pick Teeth 27. Measurement 28. Striking Flint 29. Stirring Coffee 30. Puncturing Plastic Coating 31. Knocking on Doors 32. Morse Code 33. Box Cutter 34. Opening Letters 35. Write Emergency Messages 36. Scratch an Itch 37. Save as a Souvenir 38. Rip Off Rank for On-the-Spot Promotions 39. Bee sting removal tool (scrape off w/ blade).

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