How to Open Clamshell Packaging
Clamshell Packaging Lifehack
You probably haven’t lived much unless you’ve come up against the dreaded clamshell packaging. It’s tough, rigid nature is nice for manufacturers since it makes the product easy to display, cuts down on shoplifting, and reduces returns. On the other end of the sale, it’s a nightmare for us as consumers.
Just this morning, I was without my favorite EDC, the CRKT Fossil. We had an unfortunate accident that resulted in a bent out clip and I haven’t had time to fix it yet. So there I was stuck trying to open four brand new batteries without a knife. Did I mention that I’m in the middle of moving and don’t know where my scissors are, either?
As this 15 minute epic mano a plastico battle ensued, I had sweat dripping off my forehead and a couple of cuts on my hands… from opening a few batteries! There’s got to be a better way!
As it turns out, there are several methods out there using a knife or scissors. These are tried and true, but still leave you with the occasional cut. The method that really intrigued me was the can opener method. Yep, your plain old household can opener can be a Godsend when it comes to opening that clamshell packaging.
Admittedly, I was skeptical. But then I tried it.
I kind of wished that I had more clamshell packaging to open up after that. Alas, I needed to get on with my day. Four brand new batteries needed charging and I had other new toys to play with.
Try out this lifehack for yourself. If it works for you (and it will), you’ll probably want to keep a can opener in your shop and leave the one in the kitchen for actually opening cans. I have it on good authority that using your wife’s can opener on tool products will make for an unhappy Lady. And we all know that if Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.
So guys, when I see you in the kitchen section at your local Bed, Bath, and Beyond, just give a two finger salute with your right hand. That’ll be our signal that we’re there for man stuff. Just don’t wear skinny jeans and carry a latte. That’ll get your man card revoked immediately.
Want to skip the can opener?
PTR recommends the Milwaukee Fastback!
Check out this quick video from Real Simple showing the can opener method of opening clamshell packaging.