The can opener is made of nivce heavy materials. It is very easy to hold because the shape is a lot thinner and less cumberson than most of the other manual can openers. It does not bend when trying to hold pressure on it and go around the can. This is great for people with arthritis or limited hand function. Actually very little pressure is needed at all. It opens a can very smoothly. This is great for times that the electric is out or when camping. I would purchase this can opener again.