We all have at least one in our homes, but who was the architect of such a milestone in industrial design? The Spanish explorer: a revolutionary invention.
Perhaps it is not in its most buoyant period, given that the vast majority of preserves today have the system of “easy open”, but without doubt, the can opener or rather “the Spanish explorer” has been one of the most used kitchen utensils around the world.
Already in the mid-nineteenth century, some gadgets were invented with the same function, but proved to be very heavy and impractical so, the invention of cans of canned food, lacked complement.
Until the arrival of “El explorador español”, commonly known as “abrelatas” (can opener), preserves were opened with a hammer and chisel or bayonets, a system that was too rustic for the time in which they were found.
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This is where José Valle Armesto, a Galician visionary without studies who emigrated to the town of Gijón with the invention of “El explorador español” (The Spanish explorer), comes into the game.
The Spanish explorer was born and patented 112 years ago and had 3 additional uses:
- For the “perforation of tin cans by means of a light pressure” and thus to extract the content of the packages without needing to open them.
- Also used “as a low power screwdriver”.
- To open bottles known as “crown cap”.
Instruction sheet. Photography: el blog de acevedo