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99 Capacities Series – Capacity #7: Open Canned Goods Without Electric Can Opener

The seventh capacity that I introduce in my eBook is that you must have the capacity to open canned goods without an electric can opener. In it I state that:

You must be able to “open canned goods without an electric can opener. This one’s easy: keep a manual can opener! It’s cheap and certainly better than a hand gash trying to open a can improperly with a knife.”

I can’t imagine trying to open a can of, well… anything without a can opener. A sturdy knife may be able to do the job but I’m more likely to stab myself severely than open the can. Fortunately, this problem is readily solved with the simplest of devices: a manual can opener. You know, the kind you actually use your hands to turn the knob. Since they’re so cheap at your local Walmart, pick up a few and toss them in your emergency preps and forget about them. They’ll last forever if not abused and are certainly better than being accidentally stabbed with a knife.

For on the go options (such as for bug out bags) the GI can opener is a tried-and-true method for getting into cans. I keep one on each key-ring and forget about them. Since they’re so inexpensive and lightweight, pick up several and include them on your key-chains, in your bug out bags, and your vehicle kits.

For the more adventurous among us, here’s a neat video on how to use the concrete around you to open cans:










Note: This post is part of an ongoing series detailing the ideas from my free eBook, The 99 Capacities You MUST Acquire BEFORE Disaster Strikes You!, which you may freely download here.

1 comment to 99 Capacities Series – Capacity #7: Open Canned Goods Without Electric Can Opener

  • T.R.

    Yep , manual can openers are cheap so you can get several , I would get both the twist knob and the original knife style because the twist type tends to wear out quickly . That is als why every survivalist site on the web tells you to get a multi tool . My leatherman has a can opener on it .