How To Open A Can Without A Can Opener (Amazing)

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I have to admit when I first saw this video by the “Youtube Celebrity” CrazyRussianHacker, my jaw dropped. I was stunned that you can actually open a can of food by just rubbing its top against a piece of concrete! It’s way too easy! *resists the extreme urge to try it out right now*



Cans nowadays are sealed with a roller. It bends the top of the can which creates a crimp (kinda like the way you seal empanadas, or any filled pasta). The friction cuts through the top, which makes it easier for you to open the can. Take note that the open top of the can will be sharp – so please of course use it with caution, or else you will risk cutting yourself!

If you got lost in the woods or in a desert and you only have canned food in your bag, you will have to find a small boulder or rock that has a flat surface. If you’re using a bigger can, you might need more time to get it to open. This technique is really cool and it’s one of those survival tips that you really need to learn.



Aside – I’m sure that when the whole thing with the Mayan Calendar got really popular last year, there was a significant increase of interest in survival shows. Do you think there was a connection? ;) I remember watching a few episodes of Doomsday Preppers. Many people were preparing themselves for worst-case scenarios. I find these shows funny but also very educational. We’ve been so used to the wonderful conveniences that the modern age gives us that pretty much everything is being spoon-fed. We’ve become a very impatient society, relying on anything and everything that is labeled as “instant” or “quick”.

That’s why I really appreciate survival shows and reading and watching different tips. It helps you go back to the basics. Our ancestors were able to survive with whatever they had around them. So let us not forget those things even if the modern age becomes even more advanced. When push comes to shove, it’s your survival skills that will make you a cut above the rest!

How To Open A Can Without A Can Opener (Amazing)

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  • By Geos Letona, November 14, 2013 @ 5:45 am

    cutter is called ;)

  • By Richard Snow, November 14, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    Thanks Guys , I didn’t know this . With your help , now I do .

  • By Patsy, November 14, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    This is great. Love the comment ‘the cat’s gonna survive too’ – made me laugh out loud!

  • By Ida Hands, November 14, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    Excellent!

  • By teresa fisher, November 14, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    Pretty damn amazing

  • By Kamiko, November 14, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    Very cool info to have indeed, i will be placing a very well earned link to your page for a cool survival trick! my kitties will be happy to know that they will be well fed too! <3

  • By Lorrie, November 14, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    Glad to learn this-thanks! Had some canned goods at a beach cookout-concrete fire-pits, but no can opener!I also laughed out loud at the cat comment, too!

  • By Lori, November 14, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    Pretty cool, loved the humor too :)

  • By penny lumsden, November 14, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    I’d like to see more of your videos.

  • By David, November 14, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    That was great!! You guys are adorable and funny !! I also liked the cat moment in the video !! made me laugh. Best of luck will be watching.

  • By Jeff, November 14, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    I was told that this is how prisoners open their canned goods.

  • By Paula, November 14, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

    I think that this is an EXCELLENT thing to know! Thanks guys!!

  • By Dana Kniesche, November 14, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  • By Gee, November 14, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    Terrific to know!!!

  • By MsMcCoy, November 14, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    That was awesome!!

  • By kyi'sha garner, November 14, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

    This is amazing…! Thanks for the information…how Cool ! Sharing ! Looking forward to more !!!

  • By Cynthia, November 14, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    AMAZING! I will try when I go home!

  • By Melanee Simpson, November 14, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    good to know… now can you do getting a cork out of a wine bottle without a corkscrew?

  • By Meg, November 14, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

    I wish I had known this before ruining a bunch of pocket knives back in the crazy days of my life :)

  • By Theresa, November 14, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    brilliant! Spreading the word and trying it today…I hate can openers, perhaps I will just get a concrete slab for the kitchen!!

  • By Michelle, November 14, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

    Awesome tip! I’ll be sure to remember this one!

  • By jaynay, November 14, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

    AWESOME!!! THANK YOU!!!!!! :)

  • By Chrissie Gallagher, November 14, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

    Great stuff guys

  • By Rob, November 14, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

    Mind=Blown

  • By Teresa, November 14, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

    Awesome! Thanks guys!!!

  • By wanda stratmann, November 15, 2013 @ 12:17 am

    yes you can open a wine bottle without a cork screw, you can push it down into the bottle just a little, as it absorbs some of the liquid you can push it all the way down.

  • By mtrumantigeru, November 15, 2013 @ 12:38 am

    he haz adorable accent, I subscribe merely for that.

  • By Gail C, November 15, 2013 @ 2:07 am

    Try it with the big can

  • By leah, November 15, 2013 @ 3:34 am

    Sweet ..useful info!!

  • By Степаня, November 15, 2013 @ 5:52 am

    Одарённость!

  • By mena sabatino, November 15, 2013 @ 6:10 am

    excellent! the way you tought us how to open a can

  • By Paul Sambrano, November 15, 2013 @ 6:12 am

    very good thats amazing…

  • By Ellen, November 15, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    totally cool for survival yeah!…just messy.

  • By Nudeman, November 15, 2013 @ 7:35 am

    That was pretty cleaver I never thought of that….

  • By Mushi, November 15, 2013 @ 8:50 am

    If you do not find concrete do it on the wall around in your appartment

  • By rocky, November 15, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    omg..fantastic I teach survival school and this will come in handy!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By heather, November 15, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    nice! thank you!

  • By Bodski, November 15, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    Cool stuff…. how do I subscribe ?

  • By Robert, November 15, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    Really Great thanks

  • By Brad, November 15, 2013 @ 3:45 pm

    “…like, you know… with meat.”

  • By mary mongeon, November 15, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    amazing

  • By Rory Axelrod, November 15, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

    What if you don’t have any cans? Can you still use this trick? I don’t buy canned goods, but I really want to use this trick to impress my friends and women. Mostly women.

  • By Tan, November 15, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

    Very cool!

  • By Patti Dennison, November 15, 2013 @ 7:15 pm

    This is excellent. Thank you for sharing this.

  • By Teresa, November 15, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

    That was amazing!! Thanks for the info!

  • By Sue, November 15, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

    Love it!

  • By Reba, November 15, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

    Good to know!..Thanks for sharing!

  • By Callista Lee, November 15, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

    So glad the cat is going to survive too! LOL Thank you, I never would have tried this if I was without a can opener.

  • By Vasilisa, November 15, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

    Great stuff, I like the cat is going to survive till we still have canned food joke ;)

  • By Mary, November 15, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

    Awesome!!! Great knowledge to have. Thanks, guys.

  • By Yoshiro Maya, November 16, 2013 @ 12:20 am

    I think that is how they do it normally in Russia… :)

  • By ANdrew, November 16, 2013 @ 1:06 am

    i am happy you tell people how to do this, but i am amazed people don’t know how to do this, by inspection. look at a can, it is so simple

  • By angel, November 16, 2013 @ 1:44 am

    Does anyone tried this?

  • By Carla Lick, November 16, 2013 @ 3:01 am

    can you do this with vegetable cans to?

  • By sylvia songco, November 16, 2013 @ 3:15 am

    Thanks for sharing.

  • By Remitog, November 16, 2013 @ 4:12 am

    great to know! Thanks.

  • By Jack, November 16, 2013 @ 4:34 am

    You got this technique from the Philippines, right?

  • By Tarzan, November 16, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    Gosh…so many people didn’t know this trick?I remember when I was kid doing this with empty soda cans to store pens, markers,etc….

  • By Jackie, November 16, 2013 @ 8:17 am

    Wow!

  • By Mary, November 16, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    very cool. thanks for sharing.

  • By john palmer, November 16, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    Very interesting and funny.Keep going!!

  • By Carole-Ann, November 16, 2013 @ 7:02 pm

    You guys are great!! Intelligent, informative,entertaining in a low-key kinda way, and cute too!

  • By JAMES LONON, November 16, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    Great info….keep up the good work.

  • By George, November 16, 2013 @ 7:54 pm

    Awesome!! Great to know!!

  • By Marisa Robinson, November 16, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing this!! Amazing!!!

  • By robert henriksen, November 16, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

    why we use to do this back in Park slope brooklyn NY 60-70s… use the cans for the Johnny pump.dont know what a johnny pump is .. you can read about it in my book The Park Slopian

  • By Buddy, November 16, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

    Eggcellent

  • By dave, November 17, 2013 @ 3:32 am

    Good technique. I’d use a thick rag to pop it open, or keep some bandages and sutures handy.

  • By NINA, November 17, 2013 @ 5:37 am

    You guys rock!!! Very useful info. I went on a camping trip once, took plenty of food but forgot the flippin can opener. Not smart. Now I know what to do!! Oh, and thanks for taking care of kitty so she can survive too! Wonderful.

  • By StB, November 17, 2013 @ 11:43 am

    What if I were in the desert and there was only sand ?

  • By Dustin M. S., November 17, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    How about using some thick gloves maybe???

  • By queer, November 17, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    smart!!! and cuties..

  • By Cindy, November 17, 2013 @ 6:58 pm

    Dat’s some awesome info.

  • By jickson, November 17, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

    This is not new.We have been doing this in Nigeria a very long time ago

  • By shawna, November 17, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

    Wow! That’s neat!!! I have got to try that.Thanks Russian dudes!

  • By Vanessa, November 18, 2013 @ 1:24 am

    This is definitely nothing new… I knew this since i was 5 years old and I am now 30.
    As a child we used to make cups out of soda cans just for the fun of it
    by scraping off the top of the just like this… With concrete.

  • By Grammy Sandi, November 18, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    Love it, thanks.

  • By Haley, November 18, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    Wow, learn something new every day!!! Thank you for the info!!! I am gonna try this!!!

  • By Norma, November 18, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    This is awesome thank you.

  • By barbara, November 18, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    good to know just incase…

  • By Delilah Vela, November 18, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    I love this!

  • By Andreea Mohorea, November 18, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

    Cool !!! Thx for share ir with us >:D<

  • By miho 62, November 18, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

    very cool did not know this, thanx

  • By Magi, November 18, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

    Great video. Very interesting, funny and informative. Looking forward to watching more.

  • By johello, November 18, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

    Glad you guys will survive the apocalypse….will be better with you there :)

  • By Canuck, November 18, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

    Excellent good to know stuff!! Canned food is something not everyone will grab right away in a Zombie Apocolypse because they aren’t easily accessible under certain situations, yet it is the food source that lasts the longest! This video taught me to go for the canned goods first so thank you!! I also really like your video on starting a fire using just a AA battery and a piece of gum! FANTASTIC! This stuff is now burned into my mind and with just these two little bits of survival knowledge i feel that much more prepared for anything…Thanks guys and keep the great tips coming!

  • By Mary Armstrong, November 18, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

    Cool nice to know.

  • By nigel, November 18, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

    Remember seeing this demonstrated 20 years ago on childrens TV.

  • By Linda, November 18, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

    Great, thanks!

  • By Kev, November 18, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

    Great info guys, but what if I don’t have a cat, can I use my dog?

  • By stephanie, November 18, 2013 @ 10:59 pm

    wow thats awesome

  • By denene, November 18, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

    way cool guys rally glad to know this i love your sense of humor please keep posting tips thanks for the info

  • By Karen, November 19, 2013 @ 12:04 am

    Love this!

  • By SG, November 19, 2013 @ 12:55 am

    Thank you ,this is very good to know

  • By hari Kario, November 19, 2013 @ 3:26 am

    This is great for camping! Thanks, guys….

  • By Karen, November 19, 2013 @ 3:58 am

    Such a great idea! so simple, good job guys.

  • By coco, November 19, 2013 @ 4:09 am

    good info to know :) thanx guy’s !

  • By Dave OM, November 19, 2013 @ 6:09 am

    That’s Awesome you guy’s, I’ll Be Checking Out Your Site A lot More.

  • By kurt, November 19, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    Great idea. Will come in handy. Thanks

  • By Ellen, November 19, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Wonderful and helpful.. . Thank you so much! Blessings!

  • By soraya kariem, November 19, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    cool guys!! keep up the good work!! greetings from Suriname!!

  • By suzanne, November 19, 2013 @ 6:44 pm

    freekin amazin’…….

  • By adam, November 19, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

    works for soda cans also.. to make a soda can emergency stove! :)

  • By Superbunny, November 19, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

    Very good to know. I love the accent! Thanks for letting the kitty survive too.

  • By Irit, November 19, 2013 @ 10:19 pm

    very good idea!!

  • By jessica faith, November 20, 2013 @ 1:12 am

    that was somehow just adorable guys! thnks.

  • By AudraFay, November 20, 2013 @ 1:14 am

    Verry good, thank you so much! Ingenious

  • By damian, November 20, 2013 @ 1:35 am

    wow, thaks russians dudes

  • By Louis Beach, November 20, 2013 @ 3:48 am

    Great idea specially when camping and you forgot the can opener or the can opener broke.

  • By Gary K, November 20, 2013 @ 4:15 am

    Great video only one thing left out. Most likely when time comes ALL food will be from China in can from China and most likely filled with lead or other poisons. Okay I jest, seems like everything is made in China these days!

  • By dixie baker, November 20, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    love this

  • By Andrea, November 20, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    Thanks for that interesting info , So cool you can open a can without a can opener or knife .. This will come in handy one day and I will know what to do thanks to you guys !!!

  • By JMCross, November 20, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    Wayyy cool, dude!! Wow! Great tip, i would have never guessed! Love that you thought about the kitty-baby, too <3

  • By belinda, November 20, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    we used to make glasses from coke can like that way back i the day

  • By Zahra, November 21, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    Great video, thanks! Although it’s probably easier nowadays to find a can-opener than it is a concrete block.

  • By Steve, November 21, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

    Nice!

    Looks like Popeye’s secret is out.

  • By Barbara, November 21, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

    That was very! Cool! Thanks for sharing!

  • By April, November 21, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    Wow guys, thanks!!

  • By onie, November 22, 2013 @ 1:05 am

    That was cool love it. It was very helpful.

  • By GrumpyJack, November 22, 2013 @ 1:09 am

    They teach this in prison Its an old technique

  • By Cathy, November 22, 2013 @ 2:01 am

    I love this.

  • By Susan Wheeler, November 22, 2013 @ 3:28 am

    Nice. Learned something new. BTW, I like your T-shirt!

  • By Sandy, November 22, 2013 @ 5:00 am

    Wow. Amazing. Thank you for the info!

  • By Thelma, November 22, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    WOW ………….. I am speechless , you did GRATE ,
    thank you , for teaching us , such , grate lessons ,
    will………. always , remember you ……… Thanks Thel

  • By Kathy, November 22, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    Thank you for this,, I would have never thought of this.. Great Job

  • By Tiffany, November 22, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

    Thanks a ton!

    “Guess what, cat gonna survive too!” LOL

  • By NonnaEllie, November 22, 2013 @ 6:59 pm

    Amazing! Especially for an 83 year old lady like me, who has seen just about EVERYTHING during my lifetime. Keep it up….you two will be rich and famous soon…..I hope so.

  • By Mike Fine, November 23, 2013 @ 12:40 am

    The cutter is called ” dykes” or a pair of dykes

  • By Crystal Spurlock, November 23, 2013 @ 3:08 am

    Cats gonna survive too! Lmao!

  • By Dick Benda, November 23, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    Wow. I’m going to pour a slab of concrete into my kitchen counter right now.

  • By Veronika, November 23, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

    молллллодцы ребята! У меня глаза оквадратились от такого метода. Пошла искать кен! :)

  • By carol austin, November 23, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

    This is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. I wouldn’t of thought it possible to do this without an opener.

  • By Natalie Kowalczuk, November 24, 2013 @ 2:42 am

    I am amazed, thank you so much would come in handy on camping trips
    thankyou

  • By Reg, November 24, 2013 @ 2:49 am

    Ha! Love it. I, too, now subscribe to Russian Guys’ “How-To” channel. Ура! (Cheers!)

  • By Orlowski, November 24, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I did not know this.

  • By Kevin, November 25, 2013 @ 4:06 am

    U Can Make Some Good Glasses Doing The Same Thing Take Any Can Beer Coke Can Duse Can The LargerThe Better Take It And Do It The Same Way

  • By Sue Roth, November 25, 2013 @ 11:36 pm

    awesome! good to know…thanks guys!!

  • By Gigi, November 26, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    Good to know. Thanks!

  • By Es, November 26, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • By Brenda, November 26, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

    very cool!! Thanks guys

  • By Margaret Gardiner, November 26, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

    Wonder how many rushed to the cupboard and doorstep to try this out. LOL! Wonder how man rushed out to the shop to buy a can of tuna just to try this out. Quite a few, I suspect.

  • By Marvin Cecil Jr, November 26, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    That was just AWSOME!!!

  • By Rita Rommens, November 26, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

    amazing , would love to see more.

  • By christina, November 26, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

    cool That is something wonderful to know

  • By Danijela Chrysostom, November 27, 2013 @ 6:55 am

    * very coool * thx :)

  • By avinash, November 27, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    nice concept……… i will definitely try

  • By MarieElena, November 27, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

    Cool ideas glad I found your site.

  • By Yoli, November 27, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    awesome nice to know u guys rock!!!!

  • By Jorge, December 4, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

    That is an excellent idea if you are lost in the city!!
    What about being lost in Siberia where there´s no concrete?

  • By Nancy, December 16, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    Good stuff guys! Really enjoyed seeing this!

  • By Kelly, December 16, 2013 @ 11:43 am

    Omg that is Excellent

  • By Weezie, December 17, 2013 @ 2:23 am

    Hey guys! This is really useful info! Thanks Can’t wait to see what else you got!

  • By Judy, December 17, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    Great info! I hope I never need it!

  • By Felicia, December 27, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

    That was awesome! Thanks guys!

  • By Kat, December 28, 2013 @ 12:31 am

    You are totally cute. You got a girlfriend?

  • By marnie, December 28, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    that was great thank you guys for sharing!!!!

  • By sandy, January 9, 2014 @ 7:39 am

    VERY INTERESTING. CANNOT WAIT TO TRY.

  • By liz, January 9, 2014 @ 8:45 am

    Cool

  • By Samir, January 9, 2014 @ 8:50 pm

    Great trick, thank you, but I will not try this at home or won’t recommend for anyone else, as it will make a mess and also can be dangerously sharp: however when camping and treckig This is my new way of opening cans.

  • By Frank Rummel, January 19, 2014 @ 4:59 am

    You guys always have interesting things. This can opening technique would come in handy in an emergency. Everyone should know it!

  • By Juliet, January 30, 2014 @ 1:37 pm

    Already knw abt 6yrs ago

  • By Thomas, March 10, 2014 @ 4:17 am

    I used to use this technique when aluminum cans were thicker to make drinking glasses out of empty cans. They need sanding after to get rid of the thick edges.

  • By Joanne, March 18, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

    Love this and really want to subscribe.

  • By Leonard, April 3, 2014 @ 10:06 pm

    Funny!!!! Loved it. The only thing I would have liked added is the amount of time you need to rub the can….. Pacific Northwest Rocks!

  • By Alkemyst, April 4, 2014 @ 12:48 am

    Hey bros, when the zombie apocalypse comes just know tuna cans are traps left by the zombies. Most cats go insane when their food bowls are only 10% empty; when they aren’t being fed let me tell you; it’s get crazy fast. I crashed in the Himalayas in my G6 with my super model wife, her six girlfriends and their 20 cats. First, day we ran out of food all those cats were gone. 30 days later, we finally found a single can of tuna (it wasn’t even the good stuff we kept on the jet that was all hand packaged, some third world brand and even packed in OIL!!!!). Let me tell you those cats were no longer just 20 in number. I went from 7 problems with pussy to 1000. Those little bitches can multiply. The messed up thing is between them and all the super models I was over-numbered. They somehow fixed the jet, left me tied to a tree and raided my vast fortune. At least after all the frostbite healed I am still able to type with my nose. Just throw any tuna to the zombies. It’s a trap!

  • By Elizabeth, April 5, 2014 @ 12:36 pm

    great info!!

  • By Charlie, May 15, 2014 @ 11:40 pm

    I was doing this 30 years ago when I was homeless. It does work, but you can get some grit in your food.

  • By kesha, May 15, 2014 @ 11:43 pm

    So cool!

  • By Chromedragonfly, May 19, 2014 @ 8:32 am

    Sweet action!

  • By Carol J. Snell, May 20, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

    Get tip on opening a can. Would love to subscribe.

  • By Teresa, May 21, 2014 @ 3:07 am

    This rocks! I can’t wait to impress my husband with my new-found knowledge. Love the kitty too. Thanks!

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