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5IVE Star Gear P-38 Can Opener

$0.65 List price:

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The P-38 Can Opener is a key chain sized and consists of a short metal blade that serves as a handle (and also a screwdriver to the resourceful), with a small, hinged metal tooth that folds out to pierce the can lid.

  • 1.5" Stamped Steel tool
  • Can be attached to your key ring or dog tag chain
  • The ultimate multi-tool - 39 uses for the P-38
  • Uses:
    • Can opener
    • Seam ripper
    • Screwdriver
    • Clean fingernails
    • Cut fishing line
    • Open paint cans
    • Window scraper
    • Scrape around floor corners
    • Digging
    • Clean out groove on tupperware lids
    • Reach in and clean out small cracks
    • Scrape around edge of boots
    • Bottle opener
    • Gut fish (in the field)
    • Scale fish (in the field)
    • Test for 'doneness' when baking on a camp fire
    • Prying items
    • Strip wire
    • Scrape pans in the field
    • Lift key on flip top cans
    • Chisel
    • Barter
    • Marking tool
    • Deflating tires
    • Clean sole of boot/shoe
    • Pick teeth
    • Measurement
    • Striking flint
    • Stirring coffee
    • Puncturing plastic coating
    • Knocking on doors
    • Morse code
    • Box cutter
    • Opening letters
    • Write emergency messages
    • Scratch an itch
    • Save as a souvenir
    • Rip off rank for on-the-spot promotions
    • Bee sting removal tool (scrape off w/ blade)
  • Made in the USA

SPECIFY: Single or 10 Pack

COLOR: Steel


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  1. P38 - One Item You Should Never Be Without 5 Star Review

    Posted by

    The versatile p38 is one small item that is worth its weight. Besides the obvious use these little guys can do a lot more in a pinch. With the 10 packs now you can stow one in just about all your gear that you travel with, take to the field or at home. They are also durable if you don't lose them. I still have my original p38 that dates back to 1974 and the 10 pack will let me keep a p38 in any gear or pack i carry for whatever purpose.

  2. Must Have 5 Star Review

    Posted by

    I still have the first one i got in vietnam in 1968 (45 years ago!). It is on my key chain. It has gone through airport security in the usa, europe and mexico numerous times with no problems. If you don't have one, get one. It is a must have item.

  3. Kamper 5 Star Review

    Posted by

    I gave away my p38 years ago, and regretted it ever since. I just got the 10 pack i ordered, i'll never do without this handy little tool again!

  4. The Only Can Opener You'Ll Ever Need 5 Star Review

    Posted by

    The p-38 is the only can opener i still have after thirty years because it is the only one that still works.

  5. Great Item, Don'T Be Caught Without One 5 Star Review

    Posted by

    This is a truly great piece of military equipment. I always have one tucked in my ruck or on my keychain. At one of our field exercises some of my buddies were ripping open their mres and sometimes the contents would fall out onto the ground or in some cases fly across the room. I told them to try my handy p-38 and their eyes lit up, apparently many young military personnel have never seen one of these. Being an third generation army brat i recommend every soldier have one.

  6. P-38 5 Star Review

    Posted by

    I had a p - 38 since basic training (77) and i lost it in 2001 i used it for camping, hiking, hunting, fishing and for picnics when i foreget to bring a can opener. I sure do miss it alot. They are great to have in a survival kit or in a vehicle survival kit or even when traveling.

  7. Must Have 5 Star Review

    Posted by

    Ive found another use a leter opener . It realy is a must have :)

  8. Little Buddy 5 Star Review

    Posted by

    Just a note. I have carried my p-38 on my keychain since vietnam, 42 years ago. Would never be without it. It has served me well on numerous occasions over the years, and to the sometimes amazement of those watching it in action. Fellow vets easily recognize it. My little buddy!

  9. Mighti Mini Metal Machine 5 Star Review

    Posted by

    This little tool is a must have and get the ten pack because you will want to put one in your car, desk drawer, survival kit, canteen cover tablet pouch as well as give one or two away. One good tip is to carry one on your keychain with a small piece of tubing used as a cover to keep it from snagging in your pocket. Like the m-2 50 caliber heavy machine gun and the 1911 45 pistol, this item was made perfect decades ago and will be around for decades to come.