And I recently replaced my piece of crap one that came courtesy of Harrahs with a nice, aesthetically pleasing but very functional one and I use it all the time. The piece of crap one though was so bad that manual was better.
Depends on how much cooking I am doing. But I used canned Garbanzo beans a lot. Also canned stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce (yes apparently there is a cancer risk, but at this point in time I have no good alternatives), Steve buys refried beans a lot and uses them. I've been known to buy canned fruit on occasion. Canned coconut milk is another item I use a lot. Canned black olives. Hmm I could go on...
I wouldn't say that I'm anti-electric or anti-automatic, but I find the design of the can opener I use to be vastly superior to the design of the standard electric can opener. (And most manual can openers.)
This one is mine (electric). It holds up the can so it's hands free. It keeps the lid separate. It's super easy and easy on the hands. It has a bottle opener on the back. The part that gets gunked up is removable and is dishwasher safe. And I guess maybe I buy more canned food than I should. Oh - and it is purty and matches my new blender.
Were they horrific before someone used that thing to sharpen them? I remember some of the paring knives my grandmother used to have that she "sharpened" with that thing. So much of the center of the blade was ground away they looked like talons.
With my RSI and Kristin's problems with her elbows and the resulting trouble we were having opening stuff I finally convinced us both that it was stupid not to get one, even though it does seem silly (because, as you note to Sabyl, we really don't open more than a few cans a month).
I hardly ever cook (see above) but to the extent I eat soup (infrequently) it's stuff like Progresso that I got in 8-packs from Costco, and they all have pull-tabs these days. There are also like brick packs from TJs with tab-y things. Is Campbells or whoever still using regular can tops?
I grew up with an electric can opener in every house I lived in or visited, and using them was an everyday sort of thing, but I kind of forgot about them after I left my childhood home and started building my own household. I was thinking about them just a couple weeks ago, and marveling at the fact that anyone would ever use one. (The thought was inspired by a similar thought about popcorn poppers, though at least those have some sort of lame-ass health justification for some people.)
I remember having one in one or more households growing up. I know I had one for a while when I was married to D - more because someone gave it to us as a wedding present than because we actually wanted it. I've had a manual opener at least since moving into my previous house, about 12 years ago, possibly before that. But once a year, I really wish I had an electric opener - when we do the 50+ person chili party. I open upwards of 30 cans (tomato sauce, tinned chiles & mole, beans, clams for dip, that sort of stuff). I suppose I could borrow one, but I never seem to think of it.