IT’S THE BUSINESS END of a can opener…the kind in common use in the 1950s (and earlier). This one is “heavy duty,” with a wooden handle that made it more comfortable to use. Flip it over and the small hook on the top was a bottle opener. It took some care to open a can with this baby: one mistake and you could punch a hole in your hand. This one was sold in many stores, but some (photo at bottom) were made of all metal and were giveaways.
FROM SANDY DODSON:
Can opener. (And later): I stated in a previous comment it was a can opener. It also is a bottle opener.
FROM DAWN LUITJENS:
It’s the end of a old fashioned bottle/can opener. I have one and it’s kind of a wicked tool, but it works great for removing paper off of cans or containers for recycling, too.
FROM NATE ABRAHAM:
Looks like a can opener used to open oil cans in the days when motor oil came in cans instead of bottles.
FROM JON WHITNEY:
Can opener. Might be military.
FROM WALT HAASE:
It’s a GI can opener. (Well…not really, Walt. But I may come back with one of those when you least suspect!).
FROM LYNNE HUMMELL:
This is the business end of an old-school can and bottle opener. I’m not sure exactly how it worked, although it seems obvious that one would use the shorter point to pop the top off a beer bottle. I think one would use the longer point to punch into the top of a can of beans. But how to get the entire lid off a can of beans? Perhaps that is accomplished by using other old-school techniques such as leverage, maybe even using the shorter part as a brace against the side of the can? Not sure – this was a little before my time, but I remember that my Dad had an old one.
FROM JOHN PEERY:
While it may look like a Medieval torture device, it’s actually a kitchen tool that, when I was growing up, we used to open bottles of soft drinks. I imagine my mom used it for other things as well.
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