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    knife as a can opener?

    Ok, so it's a staple scene seen in survival, post-apocalyptic, and military movies, but who here really does it: who uses the blade of their knife to open tin cans? I have to be honest and say I've never done it. Anyone have any experience they are willing to share? I'm curious what sort of edge damage it may cause. I know tin is relatively soft, but it's still metal, and our knife edges are quite finely sharpened.

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    Iíve opened steel cans with a knife while camping. This is a food can Iím talking. It didnít break the blade but it dulled it. I donít remember which blade it was. It will definitely need a resharpening at best. Also kind of dangerous.
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    I've opened some food cans - they are thin so blade was in quite good condition. I've also opened UZRGM fuse can with cheap but really sharp blade at this was a little bit nicked after first can and quite a lot after the third or fourth one.

    I've also once opened ammo can with thick blade but this one was in good condition because it was 1/4 opened so I just need to open it a little bit more.

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    This is where a an AK bayonet blade shines.
    Not too sharp, not too dull, thick and unlikely to break or chip.\
    This isn't something you're going to want to do with your Randall.
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    Bayonet worked well on C Rats.
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    A knife works for cans, pop bottles and almost any container if you're determined enough.

    A 8 penny nail also works for opening pop bottles, all we had out on the job site, lost the church key..
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    There is a reason some of us carry a small Swiss Army knife with both bottle and CAN opener. Tooth pick and tweezers come in handy also. They can be found on some multi tools also.

    Just got to plan ahead on what folks 'might' get into.
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    flat head screw driver/chisel and a hammer
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    my glock knife from 2000 has opened many cans and bottles and ammo boxes too..and ive used it as a fork on many occasions.

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    If you do try to open a car with a knife, make sure it’s a utility knife not a fighting one. A kabar or a bayonet will work fine. Not so much with a gerber Mark 2 or anything with a thin blade.
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    Get a P-38 can opener, or get several, and never worry again. Save your knife, don't do stupid shit with it.
    I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMomma View Post
    Get a P-38 can opener, or get several, and never worry again. Save your knife, don't do stupid shit with it.
    He'll yeah. Still have mine on the key chain for over 25 years now. Never let me down. I tried the folding knife on can thing once. Almost cut my fingers off when the blade folded trying to punch a hole in the cans lid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMomma View Post
    Get a P-38 can opener, or get several, and never worry again. Save your knife, don't do stupid shit with it.
    This is golden advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMomma View Post
    Get a P-38 can opener, or get several, and never worry again. Save your knife, don't do stupid shit with it.
    +1, and if you dont have your keys- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7TbOYZs9iM

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    I still get the original ones from the same place that made them in Ohio back in the day. look closely at the ones you have...some are marked "Shelby OH".
    The surplus store that is there now still has bins of these things.
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