How to Use a Smooth Edge Can Opener

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Although smooth edge can openers cost a lot more ($12-$40 depending on the type), they're well worth the price not paid in the type of hand injuries such as cuts and gashes that frequently occur with standard openers.

Things You'll Need

  • Smooth edge can opener
  • A canned good

How to Use A Smooth Edge Can Opener

  • Place the top edge of the can within the gap of the circular moving parts of the opener. Be sure the turning handle is on the outside of the can. The smooth edge can opener should almost feel "locked" onto the can lid. Some other manual types, such as the Kitchen Aid, lock the can opener handle to the top of the can.

  • While holding the can in place with one hand, use your other hand to turn the opener knob clockwise. Keep turning until you complete the circle.

  • Remove the opener from the top of the can. You should be able to simply lift the lid off the top.

Tips & Warnings

  • Automatic smooth edge can openers are even easier to use.
  • Smooth edge can openers are an excellent way for children to build grip strength without the danger of cutting themselves.
  • Going around more than once can create a metallic dust

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