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   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

20 Nov 2012 11:15 AM   |   4696 clicks   |   Perth Now
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Shadow Blasko     
People too stupid to use an Open-X or kitchen shears.

Oh well.

I shall not weep.

20 Nov 2012 09:41 AM
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DON.MAC    [TotalFark]  
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.

20 Nov 2012 09:56 AM
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Marcus Aurelius    [TotalFark]  
If you drop the package into a muffle furnace at around 1000 degrees F for a couple seconds, the plastic will soften right up.

20 Nov 2012 10:51 AM
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gimmeafuckinname     
I've seen can openers recommended but I've never tried it myself.

20 Nov 2012 11:16 AM
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probesport     
www.thedawgpound.com

20 Nov 2012 11:16 AM
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Smeggy Smurf     
Just use a sharp knife.

20 Nov 2012 11:17 AM
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Englebert Slaptyback     
Machete is the only way to go.


The actual bladed object or Danny Trejo, either way.

20 Nov 2012 11:18 AM
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CygnusDarius     
I use my box cutter. It works.

20 Nov 2012 11:18 AM
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zato_ichi     
Can opener.

Ya rilly.

20 Nov 2012 11:18 AM
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Keyser_Soze_Death     
Sounds like a pretty decent IQ test to me.

20 Nov 2012 11:19 AM
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Rapmaster2000    [TotalFark]  
I use a cat.

20 Nov 2012 11:19 AM
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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

20 Nov 2012 11:20 AM
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sore_bluto     
Vehicular Fellatio

20 Nov 2012 11:21 AM
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iheartscotch    [TotalFark]  
Hold my beer; ima gonna break-out the Acetylene torch.

20 Nov 2012 11:21 AM
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blatz514    [TotalFark]  
It only takes a few shots of tequila to open up the ol' clam.

20 Nov 2012 11:21 AM
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chitownmike     
Do these people not own scissors?

20 Nov 2012 11:22 AM
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natazha     
We have a little gadget with a tiny ceramic blade. Cuts right through the plastic, but it won't damage skin.

20 Nov 2012 11:22 AM
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Friskya    [TotalFark]  

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.

20 Nov 2012 11:22 AM
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Maud Dib     
i254.photobucket.com

20 Nov 2012 11:23 AM
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squidgod2000     
Table saw.

20 Nov 2012 11:23 AM
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denbroc     
www.eikengineering.com
Fight clamshells with clamshells

20 Nov 2012 11:23 AM
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HoagieBoy     

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


http://youtu.be/uyw2AxcC9xE

20 Nov 2012 11:24 AM
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buggzzee23     
I keep old aviation snips in the kitchen drawer for opening those packages

20 Nov 2012 11:26 AM
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Holocaust Agnostic     
I own 9 pairs OS scissors but I can't use them because I can't open any of their packages without scissors.

20 Nov 2012 11:26 AM
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HoagieBoy     
http://youtu.be/uyw2AxcC9xE

/Now with warm meaty linky goodness

20 Nov 2012 11:26 AM
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WilliamLeeTwitch     
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.

20 Nov 2012 11:27 AM
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Norfolking Chance     
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.

20 Nov 2012 11:27 AM
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denbroc     

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


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

20 Nov 2012 11:27 AM
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jprogram     
I already have enough trouble trying to open the OPEN-X package...
/annoyed

20 Nov 2012 11:28 AM
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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.

20 Nov 2012 11:30 AM
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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.

20 Nov 2012 11:31 AM
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Shadow Blasko     

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.

20 Nov 2012 11:33 AM
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Day_Old_Dutchie     
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,

20 Nov 2012 11:35 AM
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Smelly Pirate Hooker     
Here you go: http://www.vat19.com/dvds/openit-plast ic-blister-packaging-opener.cfm

I got mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond. About $10.

20 Nov 2012 11:36 AM
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nytmare     
Apparently they haven't fixed the problem since the previous time we covered this topic

20 Nov 2012 11:38 AM
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gimmeafuckinname     

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...

20 Nov 2012 11:38 AM
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manimal2878     
My leatherman has a special blade designed for clamshells. Works pretty well.

20 Nov 2012 11:42 AM
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big pig peaches     
They are easy to open. In a seated position hold the package firmly against your thigh and stab it repeatedly with a carving knife.

20 Nov 2012 11:42 AM
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subfactorial     
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.

20 Nov 2012 11:44 AM
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HoagieBoy     

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?

20 Nov 2012 11:46 AM
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Summer Glau's Love Slave     
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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.

20 Nov 2012 11:50 AM
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darth_badger     
image.spreadshirt.com

20 Nov 2012 11:50 AM
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3rdtimearound     
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.

20 Nov 2012 11:51 AM
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RatOmeter     

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.

20 Nov 2012 11:55 AM
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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.

20 Nov 2012 11:56 AM
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StashMonster     
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.

20 Nov 2012 11:58 AM
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Odd Bird     
Opening clams...I need to get my mind on another track.

20 Nov 2012 11:59 AM
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RembrandtQEinstein     
Not hard

ecx.images-amazon.com

20 Nov 2012 12:00 PM
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Oznog     

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?

20 Nov 2012 12:03 PM
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fickenchucker     

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.

20 Nov 2012 12:06 PM
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