Is there any way to fix or adjust a hand held can opener? I keep buying new ones because
within a month or so of buying them, they won't roll correctly on the can lip.

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    There are many different type of can openers. Please attach a picture of what you have – TFD Mar 11 '15 at 7:02
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    Cheap can openers tend to break quickly, good ones tend to last much longer. – GdD Mar 11 '15 at 10:12
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    possible duplicate of What is the proper way to maintain a can opener? – Erica Mar 11 '15 at 12:59
  • Typically they either get dulled (can't cut through the metal as easily and therefore are more likely to pop off) or gradually get misaligned (and therefore are more likely to pop off). – Erica Mar 11 '15 at 13:00
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    I've been using the same one for 15 years. – Mr. Mascaro Mar 11 '15 at 16:17

Can openers do break.

But if they're breaking quickly, then I'd suggest you're buying very cheap can openers.

One of these should cost $10-20 and should last at least a year.

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    at least ? I got one that is still going strong after at least 30 years. – Max May 30 '16 at 19:23

Truth of the matter is cheap ones don't last long, expensive ones also bought at certain stores may not last long just because they are expensive. My advise, go to a restaurant supply store, see what they have and ask questions. I bought one for $150 US and it's worth about someone paying me for the aggravation of the time spent to figure it out how to use it. It's one that the edges don't cut anyones fingers also don't open cans. Go and get something priced about $20-25, good grips, easily washed, not to heavy and WITH a return policy. I bought 6 now, and due to the earthquakes and loss of electricity I have in my area, it's been great for everyone I gave it to and I use it instead of an electric can opener. My Mom, who just left me to go to my Dad in the Heavens, bought the best electric can openers in the world 46 years ago, and although one is ugly green and the other ugly gold, popular 70's colors, those 2 can openers even have little things on the bottom to make them taller for bigger cans. You can't find them now, they even have good knife sharpeners on the side. Anyhow, restaurant supply, good handles, ask questions, good return policy. Good Luck!

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    $10 or so has always been enough for me. Get something with solid metal, not one of those punched out things held together by rivet. The rivet'll stretch and make it hard to get the cutter angle right and stable. Fit is important, and a cheap piece of trash won't hold a good fit for more than a few months use. It's possible to sharpen the cutter blade w a diamond file. Some types have replaceable cutting blades. – Wayfaring Stranger Apr 26 '15 at 12:13

The fact of the matter is they dont make them like they used to. I had one my grandma gave me in the early 80's.....and for some god awful reason i cant find it any more....it always worked ALWAYS! Never had an issue...They dont make them to last anymore...it just leads to more profits for the kitchen essentials market. hit yard sales...second hand stores or even online second hand places. You want one that wont stop working...buy one from the 60's-80's and you wont buy another one.

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Well part of my answer is opinion, the opinion being that can openers in my early years were made in the U.S. and were made to last. I have always carried in my wallet the tiny can opener that came with C-rations when I was in the military in 1968. I have pulled it out and used it many times. It is a little slow to use but still as sharp as when I got it.

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  • This does not answer the question – user34961 Jun 21 '17 at 7:33

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