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StarsInJensEyes asks via Twitter:
Okay, let’s take a look at this mystery tool.
At first glance, it looks like a can opener. But it’s a really strange can opener if it is. Nowadays, the non-electric can openers we know look like:
Of course, those of a certain age, or those who lived in the right place or shopped in the right antique stores, may recall a can opener that looks like:
The tool you have seems to have a strange angle on it. So I dug around some more, until I ran across this Finnish can opener, and it seems to be a pretty popular design in Finland. Ikea is a Swedish company and not a Finnish company, but I would not be surprised to learn that the can opener has extended its reach beyond Finland.
As you can see, it has the same crazy angle as your tool, so I’m guessing that it’s meant to be a can opener. The problem with these assortment packs of kitchen tools is that you really have little control over what you get. I’m not saying it was definitely put in as a joke, but I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if someone was having a little trouble rounding out the kitchen assortment.
Having a little experience with even the straight can opener of that style, I know it’s not an easy thing to open cans with them. Hopefully you got a bunch of significantly more useful tools out of the bunch. Perhaps you can save the can opener for a party, where guests first have to figure out what the tool is and then what it’s used for. I’m guessing you won’t get much day to day use out of it.
The Mystery Tool