More often than not, the majority of cans tend to come with a lid that doesn’t require the need for a can opener to open them.
However, there are some cans that still require the assistance of a can opener to pry open the lid – and this is where a multi-tool can come in handy.
If you don’t have access to the convenience of an automatic can opener, a multi-tool can opener is the next best thing and ideal for camping and other outdoor pursuits.
Unlike a regular can opener, a multi-tool can opener is attached to a variety of other tools (hence the name) which leads many people to wonder how to use one, exactly.
This is where we come in to lend a helping hand! If you’ve recently purchased a multi-tool with a little can opener attached to it and you want to learn how to correctly use it, rest assured that this article is for you.
Below, we are going to be showing you how to use the can opener attached to your multi-tool. Just read on!
What Is A Multi Tool?
Before we jump any further into this article, we first think that it would be a good idea to talk you through what a multi tool is, exactly.
To cut a long story short, a multi tool is essentially a tool that contains a variety of different tools (just like its name suggests) which makes it a must-have in the arsenal of any outdoor enthusiast or regular camper.
To follow on further, a multi tool is also sometimes referred to as an “oscillating tool” and is typically powered by either mains or a battery.
It offers a variety of different functions which makes it an extremely versatile tool suitable for a variety of different purposes – including cutting, saying, scraping and much more.
There are even some multi-tools that can with the addition of a can opener attached to it – which brings us to our next point.
How To Use A Multi Tool Can Opener
Even though using a multi-tool can opener can feel a little off putting, once you get the hang of it you’ll be using it to open up your various food cans in no time at all!
Just keep reading to discover the simple, step-by-step instructions that you’ll need to follow to begin using your can opener:
- Step One: First things first, you are going to need to take your multi-tool and set it out in front of you. This will allow you to easily access the can opening blade and set it apart from the other components of the multi tool.
- Step Two: After you have set your multi tool out in front of you, you should then proceed to make sure that it is completely switched off for safety reasons. If you are using a multi tool that is connected to a power source, then you should make sure that it has been unplugged before using it. Alternatively, if you have a multi tool that is powered by battery, then you should be sure that it has been switched off before you attempt to use the can opening blade it comes with.
- Step Three: After you have made sure that your multi tool has been switched off, you can then proceed to locate the can opener blade. Usually, this will be tucked into the side of the body, although keep in mind that the location of the can opener can vary depending on what type of multi tool you are using, as well as which manufacturer the multi tool has been made by. As a side note, if you are struggling to locate where the can opener function of your multi tool is, we recommend referring to your owner’s manual for further assistance.
- Step Four: Once you have located your can opener, extend it as far as you are able to. Then, once you have done this, you can then proceed to go ahead and align the edge of the can opener’s blade with the can of food that you would like to open. In order to do this successfully, we recommend that you do this in a spacious area where you will be able to safely use your multi tools can opener to open up the can of food.
- Step Five: Once you have done all of the above and ensured that you are in a spacious area, you will then be ready to begin using the can opener to open up your can. To do this, line up the edge of your can with the curved point of the can opener. Then, once you have done this, you can then proceed to jab the top corner of the can with the sharpest point of the can opener.
- Step Six: After you have done this, proceed to hold the can opener with a firm grasp and then begin to turn the can in a slow but sweeping motion, until you have done a complete circle and have reached the point in which you initially stabbed the can.
- Step Seven: Once you have made a full circle, you will then be ready to open up the lid to reveal the contents inside the can. We recommend that you lift the can’s lid slowly to prevent anything from spilling out, and you can then go ahead and remove the can opener from the can. All you will then need to do is to set the can down and then insert the can opener back into the multi tool.
Top Tip: Many multi tools often come with a bottle opener built inside the body along with a can opener.
To ensure that you are using it correctly, we recommend that you cross-check both to make sure that you are using the correct one.
The can opener will typically be bigger and feature a longer curve than a bottle opener will.
As a side note, keep in mind that the instructions that we have provided you with above should only be taken as general guidelines.
For the best results, you should be sure to follow the guidance provided by the manufacturer of your multi tool, as this will ensure that you are using it correctly.
There we have it! You’ve made it to the end of the article.
Now that you have taken the time to read through all of the above, we are hoping that you now have a much better understanding of how you can correctly use your multi-tool can opener.
Remember, to ensure that you will be able to use your multi-tool can correctly, you should be sure to follow the instructions provided to you by the manufacturer of your multi-tool.
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