Best Keychain Bottle Opener

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  1. JustinH2

    JustinH2 Oct 18, 2009 Virginia
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    Thinking of ordering a Boulevard keychain bottle open, anyone know of any other good ones? I had a dogfish one but it was a little too long and bent easily
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  2. BilbosNuts

    BilbosNuts Feb 22, 2011 Missouri
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  3. StarRaptor

    StarRaptor Jun 8, 2010 California

  4. Jwale73

    Jwale73 Aug 15, 2007 Rhode Island
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    I have an old Newcastle keyring bottle opener that I got back in 1996 and it is pretty much indestructible. Its been on my keychain for the past 16 years and has developed a really nice tarnished look - it never lets me down. Wish I could find a pic.
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  5. ElGallo

    ElGallo Sep 26, 2009 New Hampshire

    I think I have the same one (also now tarnished): it rocks
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  6. Mississipping

    Mississipping Mar 16, 2010 North Carolina
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    I'm pretty sure I have an extra Boulevard keychain bottle opener. I will look for it this weekend and will send it your way if you haven't bought one yet. Will let you know.

    The only keychain bottle opener I use now, and will likely use in the future, is the recycled bike chain opener from Founders (Deschutes has one, too, but I like the Founders one better). It's functional, combines two of my passions, and looks really nice.
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  7. dpjosuns

    dpjosuns Dec 8, 2009 Illinois

    I rock this (and the oberon one). They're light and sturdy as hell.
  8. KevSal

    KevSal Oct 17, 2010 California
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    i keep this trusty guy with me, i love it
  9. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Jan 28, 2011 Ohio

    I use the chainsaw on my keychain to crack open my beers. Seems to work pretty well for the most part.
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  10. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    FAIL. Fixed it for you though ;)
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  11. Prospero

    Prospero Jul 27, 2010 Colorado
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    I'm a fan of this style:
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  12. Jose2412

    Jose2412 Feb 25, 2012 Michigan

    I have the bells two hearted key shaped opener. They even have free shipping if thats the only thing you order.
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  13. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Sep 8, 2007 New York

    I use the Torq, which started out as a KickStarter project but is now a fully operational business. They're carved from solid blocks of stainless steel (which is what I have, pictured below), naval brass or titanium. The higher-end metals are a bit pricey - $250 for a bottle opener is insane - but they're solid as a rock, get the job done and will never break. It is a bit heavy on my key ring, though. But I love it.

    WOW how much beer would 250 dollars buy ? Ok ,make it 249 dollars and buy a BIC lighter priceless
  14. JustinH2

    JustinH2 Oct 18, 2009 Virginia
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    That'd be awesome let me know! !!
  15. kenpo23

    kenpo23 Oct 8, 2009 Massachusetts

    That's what I use and I love it! Can't beat the price tag's something like $0.60.
  16. Dubbercody

    Dubbercody Apr 24, 2006 Washington


    I've been using one of these for a few years. Picked it up at REI or some such.
    Nite Ize S-Biner Ahhh Bottle Opener

    As much as I love the fancier ones from Brewery specific places, I find the dual(multi) purpose nature wins out. Plus, Nite Ize makes the best LED lights for my dogs.
  17. clintonpuckett

    clintonpuckett Apr 29, 2008 Indiana


    For the few of us in the front of the line at Dark Lord Day 2008...
  18. RochesterAaron

    RochesterAaron May 24, 2007 New York

    Got this with a keg back in college. Been in my pocket daily for roughly 12 years now. I can't even imagine how many thousands of beers it's opened at this point.

  19. camil1mj

    camil1mj Oct 4, 2010 Michigan
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    I love the good ole' bev-key. I have gotten quite good at using it to pry off caps without bending or scratching them.
  20. clintonpuckett

    clintonpuckett Apr 29, 2008 Indiana

    I was first in line. :D
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  21. jedwards

    jedwards Feb 3, 2009 California

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  22. Jose2412

    Jose2412 Feb 25, 2012 Michigan

    What else does that tool do? I hope it gives HJs for that price.
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  23. jedwards

    jedwards Feb 3, 2009 California

    Hahah, yeah, they're pretty pricey these days. I got mine years ago when you could just buy them off the website.

    It's a set of hex wrenches, a prybar (the "main" function), and a cutting edge in addition to the bottle-opening functionality, which is nice, but maybe not worth the current cost (a number of folks are making cheaper knockoffs of his stuff now if you like the style -- Gerber has the Artifact and Shard, and there's PocketToolX and the Titanium Shark, etc).
  24. ravot

    ravot Mar 20, 2012 Illinois
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    i've been on his site for a year and i still haven't been lucky to buy one. ARGH! they sell out in minutes.

    as far as why they are expensive? these are 'homemade' and designed by Atwood. a great tool and also a piece of art. HEAVY DUTY.

    imagine the torqbottleopener but usualy about 20 to 30 are made at a time. couple times of year.
    is another site doing similar 'gadgets'.
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  25. Dcv

    Dcv Nov 12, 2009 Michigan

    Wow, I had no idea those were so hard to come by, I got mine as an extra in a glass trade.
  26. midworken

    midworken Sep 20, 2009 Nebraska

    I want this:
    I'd just drill a hole at the tip, hopefully there wouldn't be any gunpowder remaining in there!
    I used to have a 30mm from an A-10 Warthog, still had live ammunition in the tip... wonder if I've got it laying around somewhere. That would be totally badass bottle opener. Can you imagine whipping that thing out at a party or get-together?
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  27. drgarage

    drgarage Aug 19, 2008 California

  28. n2185

    n2185 Apr 14, 2008 North Carolina
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    I've collected quite a few keychain bottle openers, many of which are from my favorite brands or are lovely. I have some nice tulip-shaped ones from New Belgium and Hardywood, the cool Dogfish Head shark, at least a dozen of the generic black ones with the brewery's logo in the middle, and others. Unfortunately, I find most to not be particularly good openers, often requiring two tries to get the cap off. They also bend the cap a lot, and I like to collect caps as well. The DFH one really stinks because its dorsal fin impales your hand when you try to use it. The only one I keep on my keychain now is from one of my least favorite craft breweries, but it's a sturdy and cool-looking opener that can get a cap off with one pry and without bending the cap:

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  29. Duhast500

    Duhast500 Nov 14, 2007 Rhode Island

    I just have a Sam Adams opener since it was free and it has served me well. Beers at work on Friday and everyone comes running toward me.
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  30. afrokaze

    afrokaze Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
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    Did they give it to you after the tour? We all got a bunch and I was actually pretty pleased with it, good solid quality and the logo looks great in raw metal.
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  31. beertunes

    beertunes Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    I have a few of the same basic opener, and ones from Kulshan and Boundary Bay are on my key ring. There is also a pewter opener from Deschutes on there, but just because it looks good.
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  32. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Apr 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I use a credit card opener, like these:

  33. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    My Great Lakes keychain (looks like the old Ohio scratch off lottery key chain) works great. Gotta hide it from the students at school thought.

    I have one of those from Schmaltz on my spare set of keys thats great when Im in the kitchen (where my spare set is) and my keys are in the living room.
  34. wbumgarner

    wbumgarner Jul 16, 2012

    I scored a Sierra Nevada opener laying on the ground in front of a bar last week
  35. Lutter

    Lutter Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    They actually sent one of these in the mail with a mousepad and a couple pens after I reported a beer that had no carbonation in a 12-pack of SNPA. Didn't ask, I just reported it and it showed up in the mail, I guess as a gesture of good faith. Still use it daily. Surprisingly good at not bending bottle caps for a keychain opener.
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  36. KevSal

    KevSal Oct 17, 2010 California
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  37. Texas_Speed

    Texas_Speed Aug 22, 2012 Texas

    LaRue Tactical Beverage Entry Tool. It can be used on cans, twist tops, and pop tops. I realize this may be a dead thread but I thought I should post this anyways.
  38. a77cj7

    a77cj7 May 7, 2010 South Dakota
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    I actually managed to wear one of these out. The aluminum takes a beating after a thousand beers or so. Still an awesome opener, I should get another at some point.
  39. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Sep 8, 2007 New York

    Is that an armadillo? ^^^^^^^
  40. Texas_Speed

    Texas_Speed Aug 22, 2012 Texas

    Yes, it is an Armadillo. They only cost about $10 and they have a couple different styles. I have carried one for years and absolutely love it.
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