GENERAL PURPOSE SUPPLY COMPANY
P38 CAN OPENER
P38 CAN OPENER : STANDARD ISSUE, PRACTICAL - STOCK NO. GP-FG-038
Developed in the summer of 1942. The WWII era P38 has stood the test of time and never in its 70 + years has it been known to ever break, rust, need sharpening or polishing. Which is why many soldiers, past and present regard this simple can opener as one of the greatest Army inventions ever ... Opening ration cans is just one of the many tricks in the book for this Made in U.S.A. General Purpose tool.
A Few Ways To Use the P38
Can Opener, Seam Ripper, Screwdriver, Cut Fishing Line, Open Paint Cans, Digging, Bottle Opener, Strip Wire, Prying Items, Chisel, Barter, Marking Tool, Deflate Tires, Pick Teeth, Measurement (1.5"), Striking Flint, Morse Code, Box Cutter, Opening Letters, Write an Emergency Message, Clean Boots, (in Field) Gut Fish, (in Field) Scale Fish, Clean Fingernails, Rip Off Rank for a Spot Promotion ... etc.
CAN OPENER DIRECTIONS
- Open blade
- Place opener as shown in diagram.
- Twist down to puncture slot in can top inside rim.
- Cut top by advancing opener with rocking motion.
- Take small bites.
STERILIZE BEFORE RE-USE
Tie string through hole in the opener to wash and sterilize with mess-gear if possible. When boiling is unavailable, clean opener as thoroughly as possible and hold cutting blade over a match flame for a few seconds immediately before use.