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* There probably isn't a single kitchen appliance, no matter how long its concept has been out there, that hasn't been retrofitted and redesigned to make it irresistible for gadget-wild American consumers. Why should the can opener be any different? Even though there are simple hand-operated hand models available that function virtually the same as their ancestors, they mostly are scorned for electronic ones with all sorts of bells and whistles. While a number of the latter seem designed with an eye to fitting comfortably in the Jetsons' kitchen, others don't sacrifice function to form.

Straddling that line perfectly is the Die Cast Can Opener from Cuisinart, East Windsor. N.J. Sleekly designed in brushed die-cast metal and glossy black high-impact plastic, it doesn't forget that it is meant for but one purpose--to open cans safely and efficiently. Thus, it is heavy, especially at the base, to resist tipping over or sliding when in use; its open-ended, rounded sides accommodate just about any size can you might bring home, even the monsters found in the increasingly popular "big box" stores, while taking up barely five inches of counter space; the blade penetrates and cuts open the most-stubborn lid as its ultrapowerful magnet makes holding onto the can unnecessary during the process; and the cutting arm is easily removable for rinsing and the body housing wipes clean with a damp sponge or washcloth. …

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