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Old 05-08-2022, 09:08 PM   #51
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Those little openers came WHEN? I packed many canned meals (1957-1977) in survival kits for when pilots bailed out of their aircraft so they could survive. Every survival kit had an opener, maybe more, as sometimes their life depended on us.
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Old 05-08-2022, 09:15 PM   #52
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Old 05-08-2022, 09:47 PM   #53
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Some people could screw up pre-sweetended Kool-Aid!!!




I knew what a church key was. Used to love when my granddad would let me "open" the cans of Quaker State when he was changing the oil in my grandma's Buick.
Dad had a spout that pushed into the steel oil cans, and he punched a "breather hole" with the church key.

Yes I know what a church keys is. Still call it that.
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Old 05-08-2022, 09:49 PM   #54
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I never saw a real punch-top can, when they were around. My dad drank long necks.
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Old 05-08-2022, 09:52 PM   #55
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Dad had a spout that pushed into the steel oil cans, and he punched a "breather hole" with the church key.

Yes I know what a church keys is. Still call it that.
I have several of those Donkey. Well I won't say the rest of the name.
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Old 05-08-2022, 10:04 PM   #56
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I know. Been carrying a P-38 on my keys since I was a kid.
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Old 05-08-2022, 10:14 PM   #57
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Never heard them called a church key. We had several growing up, and I still have some, but we just called them bottle/can openers. Mom mostly used them to open condensed milk cans.

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Old 05-08-2022, 10:33 PM   #58
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I thought only my dad called them that, never heard anyone else say it
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Old 05-09-2022, 12:11 AM   #59
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Old 05-09-2022, 05:43 AM   #60
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I know. But don't know how it got that name.
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Old 05-09-2022, 06:01 AM   #61
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I think the church key was actually the opener for beer cans. Before pop tops.
Yep!!!!!
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Old 05-09-2022, 06:31 AM   #62
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History from Wikipedia.

A church key initially referred to a simple hand-operated device for prying the cap (called a "crown cork") off a glass bottle; this kind of closure was invented in 1892, although there is no evidence that the opener was called a church key at that time. The shape and design of some of these openers did resemble a large simple key.

A churchkey with a can piercer
In 1935, beer cans with flat tops were marketed, and a device to puncture the lids was needed. The same term, church key, came to be used for this new invention: made from a single piece of pressed metal, with a pointed end used for piercing cansódevised by D. F. Sampson form the American Can Company, who depicted operating instructions on the cans, and typically gave away free "quick and easy" openers with their beer cans.
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Old 05-09-2022, 06:36 AM   #63
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Itís a bottle opener

At least thatís what I called it


Iím 36 btw
lmfaooooooooooooooooooooooooo!! perfect!
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Old 05-09-2022, 06:44 AM   #64
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I also know what a church key is and still have one.

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How about a p38?
I have one on my keychain as well. Had no idea so many still carry them.
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I know and I still use mine to open cans of broth, condensed milk, etc
Wife does the same
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I know. But don't know how it got that name.
I think it had to do with the Baptist. You know, the ones who "don't" drink... lol
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Old 05-09-2022, 06:45 AM   #65
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Do you remember the key to open sardine cans?
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Old 05-09-2022, 06:51 AM   #66
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When I was a kid, my dad bowled in a league at the Cotton Palace here in Dallas. While he bowled, I would sit up on the bar and open beer cans with a church key. I was about 6 or 7 years old.
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Old 05-09-2022, 06:55 AM   #67
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Iím 40. Never heard one called that before. My parents didnít drink at all so that would explain it. We did have one in the drawer though.
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Old 05-09-2022, 06:59 AM   #68
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Do you remember the key to open sardine cans?
Twist twist twist...
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Old 05-09-2022, 07:03 AM   #69
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I figured the rules were gone at this point. Sorry for not sticking to your format burnadell.
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Old 05-09-2022, 07:42 AM   #70
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For what it is worth, Iím 60 and never heard it called that. Always called it the can or bottle opener. I bet my mom still had one somewhere.
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Old 05-09-2022, 07:42 AM   #71
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I know and still have many.
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Old 05-09-2022, 07:51 AM   #72
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I know what a church key and a p38 are, but I was born about 50 years too late
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Old 05-09-2022, 08:00 AM   #73
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Old 05-09-2022, 08:10 AM   #74
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Is using Siri considered googling aloud?
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Old 05-09-2022, 08:12 AM   #75
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…. and I got a pack of P38 or John Wayne can openers a few weeks ago.
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Old 05-09-2022, 09:58 AM   #76
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I still have a P38 my dad had in 1950 when he was in the Army. I have several church keys from that era as well, my dad opened many Busch-Bavarians with them!
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Old 05-09-2022, 10:16 AM   #77
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I know!

One in each beer fridge and one in a kitchen drawer!
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Old 05-09-2022, 10:22 AM   #78
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It's only a P 38 if you got it the right way

Any other way it is just called a can opener.
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Old 05-09-2022, 10:23 AM   #79
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keep this little fella in my pocket at almost all times . I think it’s smaller then a p38
p 51.
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Old 05-09-2022, 10:38 AM   #80
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never heard it called that.
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Old 05-09-2022, 11:05 AM   #81
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You fellas carrying P38s...What do you use them for? Eating canned food in the hunting blind or something?
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Old 05-09-2022, 11:10 AM   #82
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I know what a church key is. Have Dad's from his tackle box. It's been in mine since he passed about 16yrs ago. Yes I carry a p38 on my key chain. Same one I carried in Nam.
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Old 05-09-2022, 11:13 AM   #83
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You fellas carrying P38s...What do you use them for? Eating canned food in the hunting blind or something?
I carry mine as a reminder not to gripe about decent food after eating C rations in the field

Even chit on the shingle started to taste ok.
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Old 05-09-2022, 11:25 AM   #84
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I don't know why but I still keep one in my truck
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Old 05-09-2022, 11:25 AM   #85
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I know. Iíve used them many, many times. In fact, Iíve probably got one laying around in a drawer somewhere.


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John Wayne... Got one on my key chain, now..
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Still got my original one from Basic Training hanging on my keychain.

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You fellas carrying P38s...What do you use them for? Eating canned food in the hunting blind or something?
They come in handy for opening up lids on spit cans, cans that donít have easy opening lids and easy opening lids when they fail to open easy.
Small, compact, perfect for camping lite and always handy.
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Old 05-09-2022, 11:31 AM   #86
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Of course I know what it is...but I am 70.
I remember when beer cans rusted.
Who knows what Fabacher is????
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Old 05-09-2022, 12:22 PM   #87
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Of course I know what it is...but I am 70.
I remember when beer cans rusted.
Who knows what Fabacher is????
Boy howdy....haven't heard that name in a LONG time. That was made by Jax or somebody.
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Old 05-09-2022, 12:48 PM   #88
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Old 05-09-2022, 02:39 PM   #89
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I know, but I had better know. I'm 75.
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Old 05-09-2022, 03:46 PM   #90
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Mine does double-duty, cans or bottles. Inherited from my gramps.
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Old 05-09-2022, 04:04 PM   #91
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Another thread got me to wondering/wandering...how many of you know what a church key is?

I am interested to know how many of you younger folks know. No googling allowed/aloud.

If you know, just say, "I know" but don't give it away.
I know even though people cant follow directions.

Here's one from Hamm's Beer.
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Old 05-09-2022, 04:30 PM   #92
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Not a church key, but vintage bottle opener from the early 50s, again from gramps. He knew his way around a tavern. This was a classic brand, sponsored the Cardinals in the 40s and gave Harry Caray his start as an announcer.
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Old 05-09-2022, 04:32 PM   #93
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/39402832441...Cclp%3A2047675


Anyone have one of these?
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Old 05-09-2022, 04:57 PM   #94
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Opened many a can of Jax and Fallstaff for my grandfather with a church key. My brother & I got to sip the suds off the bottle.
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Old 05-09-2022, 05:31 PM   #95
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Uhm , takes a good sized opener to get the job done right there.


Back to the Church Key- we also used them to open cans of Hi-C fruit punch or Hawaiian punch cans as a kid.

Suckers were like 32oz, made of steel and stayed open in the fridge once the two triangles were punched in the lid. One to pour, a smaller to vent- similar to the oil can.
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Old 05-09-2022, 05:52 PM   #96
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Some people don't read the OP. they just jump in.
I know, I have a drawer full of them. I have some P51's also.
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Old 05-09-2022, 08:11 PM   #97
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Anyone know the reason why they were called a church key?
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Old 05-09-2022, 08:29 PM   #98
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Anyone know the reason why they were called a church key?
Here ya go
https://www.almanac.com/fact/what-is...dern%20openers.

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Old 05-09-2022, 10:04 PM   #99
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Thanks for playing.

I also keep one in my truck, in the kitchen, and in my tool box...you just never know.

The GI can opener is not a church key, but it's a handy little opener to have. I was not in the military, but I had one as a Boy Scout. Actually, the small is is the P38, and the P51 is the larger version that is about 2" long.
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Old 05-10-2022, 08:55 AM   #100
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