3 Ways to Use a Can Opener

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3 Ways to Use a Can Opener
3 Ways to Use a Can Opener

It takes a while to get the hang of using the can opener. If you've never used an opener before, the process can seem confusing, but with a little practice and skill, it's possible to master the task sooner than you think.


Method 1 of 3: Using a Manual Can Opener

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Step 1. Understand the components of a can opener

Even though it appears to be a simple tool, it is actually a condensed version of three different apparatuses. The two long supports that attach to the side of the can are the levers. The rod that is used to turn the can is the compressed version of an axle and a wheel. Lastly, the circle that cuts the can is called a wedge.

The aluminum can was invented in the early 1800s by a Brit. It took some skill to open it and people used to use stones, chisels or knives to break this packaging. Finally, the can opener was invented in 1858, and the task just got a lot easier

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Step 2. Open the can opener brackets

Place the metal tine (the wedge) on the tip of the top of the can. This will automatically align the opener wheel and leave it where it needs to be. Firmly press the brackets together. With practice, you will be able to see when you are right.

You may need to repeat the process several times before you get the hang of it

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Step 3. Start turning the rod when it is properly seated

Otherwise, it could fly out of the can, and it's a sharp object, so be careful. This starts turning the wheel underneath, which cuts the can.

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Step 4. Go cutting the edge of the can while turning the rod

This movement pierces the seal, cutting the can as it passes over the edge of the lid. When you finish cutting, the lid will come off the opener by itself. Carefully discard the cut lid. Use the contents of the can.

Method 2 of 3: Using an Electronic Can Opener

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Step 1. Leave the cutter head facing up

Place the can against the back of the top. Position the edge of the can between the wheel and the cutting mechanism.

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Step 2. Press the shaving head down when the can is in the correct position

This will make the opener move. It will start to spin the can. Hold it while it's spun so it doesn't tip over.

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Step 3. Allow the opener magnet to attach to the can as it is cut

This will raise the lid slightly. When the lid is completely cut, lift the top of the cutter head. Carefully remove the can from the opener.

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Step 4. Remove the opener magnet cover

Pick it up between two fingers instead of pressing the cut part into your fingers. Discard the cap. Use the contents of the can.

Method 3 of 3: Using a Traditional Can Opener

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Step 1. Place the cutting edge of the opener perpendicular to the edge of the can

Then, applying force in a controlled manner, push the cutting part down into the can. With a little practice, it should slide easily.

This type of can opener used to be called a cutter, and some people still prefer to use it even though there are more modern versions

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Step 2. Be careful when doing this

If you don't hold the can firmly or if the opener blade isn't sharp enough, it could slip. If you're at the right angle, you could end up cutting yourself. Until you've done this a few times, it might be better to just do it with someone else's help.

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Step 3. Hold the opener with the blade part facing down

Now insert the blade into the hole you just made. The ideal now is for it to be as parallel to the edge of the can as possible. Push the blade down again, more gently this time, opening another hole.

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Step 4. Fit one of the “tines” of the opener to the edge of the can, which is now slightly raised

Raise and lower the blade, moving across the can as you do this. Now the edge of the can will be wavy and very sharp. Do not keep either hand near this edge. Use the contents of the can.


  • Regardless of which opener model you use, keep your hand steady as the opener blade or cut can can hurt. If you don't feel safe, do the process together with someone else.
  • Use an immobile surface.

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