How to Use a Pocket Knife Can Opener

How to Use a Pocket Knife Can Opener
Most models of the Swiss Army knife (and many other pocket knives besides) have a tool for opening cans. The odd thing is how many owners of these knives have no idea how to use that tool, or even what it is for. While awkward, the pocket knife can opener is compact, and compactness is a major virtue for backpacking hikers everywhere.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Swiss Army knife Canned food
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Canned food
Step 1
Draw out the can opening tool. This is the one that looks similar to the bottle opener and standard head screwdriver tool, except that the side of the head is curved and has a sharp blade.
Step 2
Place the bottom notch of the can opener on the outside of the can's lip. Then place the top part with the blade inside and against the side of the lip.
Step 3
Push down with the blade so that the bottom notch remains secure against the outside of the can lid. The blade will cut right through the lid of the can.
Step 4
Reposition the knife so that the blade is set to cut a new section of lid. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until enough of the lid has been cut away to pry open the lid of the can.

Tips & Warnings

As with any sharp implement, use caution with the blade.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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