Bottle opener

Discussion in 'Breweriana' started by dazedandconfused, Feb 28, 2012.

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  1. dazedandconfused

    dazedandconfused Aspirant (253) Dec 11, 2008 New Jersey
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    Here's one of the bottle openers that I made. Been collecting caps and am extremely picky. Needed one that didn't scratch, dent, or warp the cap. I'll take pics of the others if interested.

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  2. BdubleEdubleRUN

    BdubleEdubleRUN Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2009 California

    That is a pretty good looking opener. Well done.
     
  3. BrewerB

    BrewerB Crusader (735) Mar 5, 2008 North Carolina
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    That is awesome! I'm typically using a lighter to pry off caps since the other openers I have manage to dent the cap in some way. Lighter doesn't work 100% of the time but it's generally successful.

    I'd love a bottle opener like this one so let me know if you're ever selling one!
     
  4. RBCORCORAN

    RBCORCORAN Aspirant (239) May 18, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Nice design. Is it forge welded ??
     
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  5. stevefinny

    stevefinny Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 New Jersey
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    Awesome Bottle opener.
     
  6. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,165) Mar 18, 2010 California

    How did you make it?
     
  7. oldp0rt

    oldp0rt Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2011 Quebec (Canada)

    I want one.
     
  8. PaulQuinn

    PaulQuinn Initiate (174) May 27, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    That's a very nice looking bottle opener, and functional as you say. Great job.
     
  9. dazedandconfused

    dazedandconfused Aspirant (253) Dec 11, 2008 New Jersey
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    Made it out of 3/16 steel, mig welded, and smoothed out.
     
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  10. dazedandconfused

    dazedandconfused Aspirant (253) Dec 11, 2008 New Jersey
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    Cut the base out of sheet metal with a plasma cutter, used a drill press for the chamfered holes. Then for the prying section, bent and shaped it out of 12 gauge and welded it together. Left it unpainted cause I like the way it looks.
     
  11. dazedandconfused

    dazedandconfused Aspirant (253) Dec 11, 2008 New Jersey
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    Wow didn't expect the kind of reception it got. Pretty much make these in my spare time at work. Never thought about selling them. Wouldn't know what to charge. Since its made by hand, kinda takes a while. Guess I'll start making more lol.
     
  12. lpotter

    lpotter Devotee (442) Dec 13, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Yeah, I would totally buy one of those. It looks awesome!
     
  13. BnjmnDdd

    BnjmnDdd Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Oklahoma

    I would buy one. Look in etsy.com for homemade bottle openers to see what they are charging for a comparison. I'm always looking for a good bottle opener that won't bend the cap.
     
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  14. dazedandconfused

    dazedandconfused Aspirant (253) Dec 11, 2008 New Jersey
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    Yeah I definitely need to look into setting a price and making time to produce a bunch. Handmade so they could take a while.
     
  15. Brushkanna

    Brushkanna Devotee (453) Jun 27, 2011 New Jersey

    Paint can/bottle openers by Hyde work well and do not mar the cap
     
  16. BnjmnDdd

    BnjmnDdd Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Oklahoma

    Looking at it now. Awesome thanks!
     
  17. BnjmnDdd

    BnjmnDdd Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Oklahoma

    That just means quality! I love products people have thought up and put their time and effort into. I always feel they are worth more than the mass- produced ones.
     
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  18. oldp0rt

    oldp0rt Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2011 Quebec (Canada)

    this could be referring to beer as well.
     
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  19. polishkaz

    polishkaz Disciple (338) May 30, 2011 Connecticut
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  20. kenpo23

    kenpo23 Initiate (0) Oct 8, 2009 Massachusetts

    I would buy that also! thats gotta be one of the neatest bottle openers I've ever seen. Sounds like you should let us all know when you have extras to sell. Handmade things are always better and worth the price that is asked...plus, it makes for a better conversation piece: "oh my bottle opener! yeah, i love it. A brilliant guy on BA made it....etc...." OR "oh, my bottle opener, $2 at walmart" (and you know the one from walmart will break in a month or so!)
     
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  21. dazedandconfused

    dazedandconfused Aspirant (253) Dec 11, 2008 New Jersey
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    Haha I appreciate it.
     
  22. daysinthewake

    daysinthewake Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2010 California

    Very cool. I'd definitely pay or ship some beer for them shits.
     
  23. EROCK75

    EROCK75 Disciple (350) Aug 5, 2009 Illinois
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    I have always found the decapper to be the best way to remove caps without scratching. It typically lifts the sides slightly without bending the top.

    http://www.thedecapper.com/
     
  24. sfsean28

    sfsean28 Disciple (356) Dec 17, 2008 New Jersey
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    Nice! Thats a cool bottle opener and I'm impressed that you made it yourself. Classy avatar too.
     
  25. output01x

    output01x Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2011 Ohio

    How far does it pull the sides out? Does it scratch the top or sides at all?
     
  26. JrGtr

    JrGtr Disciple (396) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    I made my own bottle openers out of a peice of 1 x 2 wood (maple, because of the hardness) and a sheet metal screw. Doesn't do any damage to the cap, and was pretty easy to make. Unfortunately don't have any pictures.
     
  27. sonoma01

    sonoma01 Initiate (190) Dec 3, 2010 Wisconsin
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    I would definitely buy one of those. Please let us know if you decide to make them and sell them.
     
  28. ObeMaltKinobee

    ObeMaltKinobee Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2010 Illinois

    Really nice
     
  29. EROCK75

    EROCK75 Disciple (350) Aug 5, 2009 Illinois
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    It seems to never scratch the top, and if done correctly, does not scratch the sides either. Most of the time it's not blatently obvious where the side is bent. More gradual and not all in one spot.
     
  30. output01x

    output01x Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2011 Ohio

    Interesting. I may need to purchase this item in the near future. Having something like this on hand would be great when you are having a beer with friends and don't want to take 5 minutes slowly removing the cap for your collection.
     
  31. duceswild

    duceswild Meyvn (1,283) Feb 8, 2010 Maryland
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    I'd be interested in one of these too. They look great!
     
  32. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I'd buy that for a dollar!



    I'd pay ten bucks for one.
     
  33. polishkaz

    polishkaz Disciple (338) May 30, 2011 Connecticut
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    Got this hand forged by Hammeronsteel yesterday and finished in front of my eyes while it was still hot(also opened 2 beers with it while holding it with tongs). Made from a high carbon railroad spike. Really awesome and works great, removes the caps nicely.

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    photo by PolishKaz, on Flickr
     
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