I was in desperate need of a can opener, and not only did I find one, I found a Pampered Chef one. I own one myself, and I'll never go back. If you haven't been accosted by a coworker to come to a Pampered Chef party, eavesdrop over the water cooler until you hear someone talking about one, and go. While the products aren't cheap, they are high-quality and generally a fair price. For example, I think I have a melon-baller or something made by the same manufacturer of the Pampered Chef melon-baller (or whatever similar tool it was) that I probably got for around $3.50, but they were asking $5.50 or something like that. But it's a really good product, and I probably picked mine up in a restaurant-supply company on the Bowery or something like that, so $5.50 is a decent price for getting it conveniently.

Anyway, back to the can opener. Until last year, I used the "old fashioned" can openers like everyone else. You line up the discs, squeeze, turn, and pull off a lid with dangerously sharp edges. No big deal, but you had to be careful and dispose of the lid inside the can so it wouldn't slice open your trash bag or cut you open when you dumped the recycling.

But the Pampered Chef can opener is better in so many ways! First of all, there is no sharp edge, on either the can or the lid. It somehow makes smooth "safety edges" on each while it cuts. It makes the cut in a different place than the old can openers, I don't recall the specifics. Secondly, you don't have to squeeze so much. You squeeze once, but then there is a locking mechanism that holds it together while you turn the crank. Thirdly, the crank is comfortable. This is not particular to this model, many other brands now have comfortable cranks, a la OXO, but nevertheless I appreciate it.

A few things are a bit strange for the uninitiated. First, you have to line it up on top of the can in an unfamiliar way. It's not exactly intuitive, but it's easy once you get used to it. Secondly, you don't just push/pull the lid in/out like the old-fashioned way. The can opener itself has a "Tweety-bird mouth" gripper (if you saw the thing, you'd understand, it's the way I remember how to use it) that you use to grip the edge of the lid and pull it off once it's cut. So not only are the edges smooth, you don't have to touch the lid anyway.

Bottom Line: Get yourself a Pampered Chef can opener if you don't already have one. I'll never go back.