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(Perth Now)   People are using hammers, saws, kitchen knives, teeth and grinders to open clamshell packaging. I'd give one of my remaining fingers for a better way   (perthnow.com.au) divider line 80
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2012-11-20 09:41:10 AM
People too stupid to use an Open-X or kitchen shears.

Oh well.

I shall not weep.
 
2012-11-20 09:56:15 AM
I saw something from a Diabetes support organization that claimed that injuries from opening clam shell packaging are a major source of initial infections that lead to amputations.
 
2012-11-20 10:51:51 AM
If you drop the package into a muffle furnace at around 1000 degrees F for a couple seconds, the plastic will soften right up.
 
2012-11-20 11:16:52 AM
I've seen can openers recommended but I've never tried it myself.
 
2012-11-20 11:16:55 AM
www.thedawgpound.com
 
2012-11-20 11:17:02 AM
Just use a sharp knife.
 
2012-11-20 11:18:14 AM
Machete is the only way to go.


The actual bladed object or Danny Trejo, either way.
 
2012-11-20 11:18:30 AM
I use my box cutter. It works.
 
2012-11-20 11:18:39 AM
Can opener.

Ya rilly.
 
2012-11-20 11:19:11 AM
Sounds like a pretty decent IQ test to me.
 
2012-11-20 11:19:28 AM
I use a cat.
 
2012-11-20 11:20:50 AM

zato_ichi: Can opener.

Ya rilly.


they work if the an edge if flat. if the all the edges are raised, not so much
 
2012-11-20 11:21:02 AM
Vehicular Fellatio
 
2012-11-20 11:21:15 AM
Hold my beer; ima gonna break-out the Acetylene torch.
 
2012-11-20 11:21:44 AM
It only takes a few shots of tequila to open up the ol' clam.
 
2012-11-20 11:22:07 AM
Do these people not own scissors?
 
2012-11-20 11:22:30 AM
We have a little gadget with a tiny ceramic blade. Cuts right through the plastic, but it won't damage skin.
 
2012-11-20 11:22:32 AM

gimmeafarkinname: I've seen can openers recommended but I've never tried it myself.


I've tried it. It's kind of hit-or-miss.
 
2012-11-20 11:23:07 AM
i254.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-20 11:23:11 AM
Table saw.
 
2012-11-20 11:23:30 AM
www.eikengineering.com
Fight clamshells with clamshells
 
2012-11-20 11:24:43 AM

gimmeafarkinname: I've seen can openers recommended but I've never tried it myself.


http://youtu.be/uyw2AxcC9xE
 
2012-11-20 11:26:12 AM
I keep old aviation snips in the kitchen drawer for opening those packages
 
2012-11-20 11:26:53 AM
I own 9 pairs OS scissors but I can't use them because I can't open any of their packages without scissors.
 
2012-11-20 11:26:55 AM
http://youtu.be/uyw2AxcC9xE

/Now with warm meaty linky goodness
 
2012-11-20 11:27:05 AM
That sounds like a line for one of those products they used to sell on the telebox. It showed stupid people trying to open a clamshell with basic tools, until this new product came that you slid arounod the case and poof, it opened without any resulting headwounds. If I remember that product was in a clamshell package as well. Talk about derpity derp derp derp.
 
2012-11-20 11:27:36 AM
I expected those levels of stupidity from Australians but New Zealanders?

Come on your Canada to Australia's US.

But yes a good heavy set of scissors will do the job. Or a stanley knife if you're not a mouth breathing moron.
 
2012-11-20 11:27:54 AM

Maud Dib: [i254.photobucket.com image 352x475]


OK...But how do you get THAT out of the package?
 
2012-11-20 11:28:15 AM
I already have enough trouble trying to open the OPEN-X package...
/annoyed
 
2012-11-20 11:30:05 AM

Maud Dib: [i254.photobucket.com image 352x475]


That's the product i was thinking about. I wonder how many people got hurt trying to open that up.
 
2012-11-20 11:31:16 AM

denbroc: Maud Dib: [i254.photobucket.com image 352x475]

OK...But how do you get THAT out of the package?


With another pair you already had at home, duh.
 
2012-11-20 11:33:22 AM

WilliamLeeTwitch: denbroc: Maud Dib: [i254.photobucket.com image 352x475]

OK...But how do you get THAT out of the package?

With another pair you already had at home, duh.


WilliamLeeTwitch: Maud Dib: [i254.photobucket.com image 352x475]

That's the product i was thinking about. I wonder how many people got hurt trying to open that up.


jprogram: I already have enough trouble trying to open the OPEN-X package...
/annoyed


The back of the package is perforated and it comes open quite easily.

At least mine did.
 
2012-11-20 11:35:09 AM
The retailers have a "love-hate" relationship with these things

They reduce shoplifting, and the need to have someone behind a counter to server a customer.

Of course they then HATE it when you return an opened package for exchange, because they cannot re-seal the packaging easily.

So it goes on the "clearance" table. And then, of course, the store charges a "restocking fee" to make back the difference.

We'd all be better off if these things were outlawed. Fewer injuries, less garbage, and retailers will have to hire more workers,
 
2012-11-20 11:36:37 AM
Here you go: http://www.vat19.com/dvds/openit-plastic-blister-packaging-opener.cfm

I got mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond. About $10.
 
2012-11-20 11:38:19 AM
Apparently they haven't fixed the problem since the previous time we covered this topic
 
2012-11-20 11:38:47 AM

HoagieBoy: http://youtu.be/uyw2AxcC9xE

/Now with warm meaty linky goodness


I'm thirteen seconds in and there has GOT to be a better way...
 
2012-11-20 11:42:06 AM
My leatherman has a special blade designed for clamshells. Works pretty well.
 
2012-11-20 11:42:16 AM
They are easy to open. In a seated position hold the package firmly against your thigh and stab it repeatedly with a carving knife.
 
2012-11-20 11:44:02 AM
Bread knife. Cuts through clamshell packaging like butter. You do need to he careful though. Nothing bleeds forever like a cut from a bread knife. It's built for tearing and will do a number on your tender flesh.
 
2012-11-20 11:46:24 AM

gimmeafarkinname: HoagieBoy: http://youtu.be/uyw2AxcC9xE

/Now with warm meaty linky goodness

I'm thirteen seconds in and there has GOT to be a better way...


There is......tin snips. Someone earlier mentioned can opener so I added the link. Did I mention tin snips?
 
2012-11-20 11:50:48 AM
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Metal Shears. Costs about 15 bucks. Not really practical unless you open a LOT of packaging (and I do for my job). These mofo's will absolutely destroy any plastic containers. Cuts thru clamshells with groin stiffening ease. 

/Also, an excellent eater of fingers.
//FYI.
 
2012-11-20 11:50:55 AM
image.spreadshirt.com
 
2012-11-20 11:51:42 AM
Jesus, just a normal pair of scissors will do the trick! It's not that people are unable to open the packaging. It's that they've become so childishly impatient, and can't be bothered to take the time to hunt for the right tool.

/Surgical scalpel in the wrong hands stuck under a fingernail is a good lesson.
 
2012-11-20 11:55:08 AM

Broktun: zato_ichi: Can opener.

Ya rilly.

they work if the an edge if flat. if the all the edges are raised, not so much


generally the raised edge fits nicely under the cutting wheel. Can opener for the win.
 
2012-11-20 11:56:30 AM
I have to admit, I used my DeWalt saws-all to get one of those packages open.
I was in the garage and it was right there and really helped with opening the package and with the frustration of trying to open the package by hand.
 
2012-11-20 11:58:06 AM
who wants to ruin a good pair of scissors on this crap? I remember when it didn't EXIST. How did we cope? Now everything imaginable comes wrapped in thick plastic whether it needs it or not. Its a joke, when we are supposed to be aware of the need to reduce packaging.

I HATE the stuff.
 
2012-11-20 11:59:28 AM
Opening clams...I need to get my mind on another track.
 
2012-11-20 12:00:37 PM
Not hard

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2012-11-20 12:03:12 PM

roadkillontheweb: I have to admit, I used my DeWalt saws-all to get one of those packages open.
I was in the garage and it was right there and really helped with opening the package and with the frustration of trying to open the package by hand.


I put one on a band saw.

It make a PHENOMENAL amount of noise. That packaging SCREAMED as the blade went through it. I didn't bring hearing protection, I should have. Who would have thought they'd need it?
 
2012-11-20 12:06:19 PM

Shadow Blasko: People too stupid to use an Open-X or kitchen shears.

Oh well.

I shall not weep.




This.

Scissors or knife--it's not that big of a deal.
 
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