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6.6.17

The Best Bottle Openers for Any Budget

At home, on your bike, and in your pocket.

Written by J. Travis Smith

Photography by Grovemade

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In the words of an old friend, when someone needs a bottle opened at a party and you hold the opener: “Suddenly, you’re a somebody.”

For good or for bad, a bottle opener becomes part of the experience. I’ve seen a friend saber a champagne bottle and then, as if in one motion, call a cab to be taken to the ER. I’ve personally broken a few flimsy openers, and in one case shattered someone’s lighter prying off a cap. The opening is a simple and often overlook part of drinking. I keep a few wine keys lying around the house to handle any beer or wine needs, and something on my keychain for out and about. But that’s just me. There’s a plethora of options out there: some will last a decade and develop a patina; others get by on their vintage feel; others are unbreakable one-trick-ponies. What ever you choose, toss away anything cheap and bendable and get something that won’t get in the way of you and a good buzz.

Elegant and Pocket-Sized


The Godwin from Machine Era

Weighty but sleek, The Godwin is machined in Richmond, VA from gun barrel black steel. The strap is oil-tanned leather and the engraving is artwork by William Godwin. Functional and beautiful.

Buy: $30

Bottlehook from Corter Leather

For 2017, Corter coated their solid brass Bottlehook with black lacquer to reflect an old rangefinder camera. With use, the bottle opener will develop a great patina. Limited to 250 pieces and made in America.

Buy: $37

Scout Hook from Scout Leather Co

Inspired by the Japanese fishhook, the Scout Hook is cut from solid 1/4-inch brass and slips over your belt or in your pocket. Like many of these openers, it’ll develop patina over time.

Buy: $60

Brass Key Ring from Grovemade

The most functional of the elegant keychain openers, the Key Ring is made from a block of solid brass. It’s small enough to fit into your pocket or, if you prefer, slip quickly on and off your belt loop.

Buy: $59

Elegant for the Kitchen


Splugen from Alessi

The Splugen was first designed in 1960 for the Splugen Brau Bar in Milan and was then refigured in 2001 by Achille Castiglioni. It’s 6 inches long, dishwasher safe, and a blend of function and clean aesthetics.

Buy: $44

Hex Opener from Iacoli & McAllister

This bottle opener is made from solid brass hex bar. Simple in form, elegant in execution, this opener is something you won’t want to keep hidden in a drawer.

Buy: $68

Padova Bottle Opener from Tiffany

Named for the Italian city where the design is crafted. The Padova is 6 inches long and made of ruthenium.

Buy: $150

Chateau-Laguiole Grand Cru

I’m a big believer in multiple use tools, and a wine key is my go-to for a party due to its usefulness among all types of drinkers. And when it comes to winekeys, Laguiole is the only name you need to know.

Buy: $160 Buy: $33 (budget)

Practical and Functional


Magnetic Bottle Opener

This is stainless steel, black nickel plated, and, most importantly, magnetic. You’ll never be on your hands and knees retrieving a bottle cap from under the couch again.

Buy: $10

Brewzkey Bottle Opener

The minimalist approach to being prepared, this is the best bet for a low-key solution to drinking needs. Stainless steel and American made.

Buy: $6

Road Popper from Chromoly

The Road Popper fastens discreetly to the rails on the underside of a bike saddle. Made of bronze-infused stainless steel and available in plain, matte gold, glossy gold, matte antique bronze, and glossy antique bronze. Technically, Chromoly doesn’t endorse drinking and cycling, but it’s always good to be prepared.

Buy: $35

Hermetus Resealer Bottle Opener from Westmark

This little guy is sleek, ergonomic, and straight to the point. It’ll also allow you to reseal bottles if you want to extend their shelf-life for a few hours after opening. Though I personally use the reseal feature to contain spills. Also, it should be noted that the resealer is not large enough for most large format bottles.

Buy: $10

Rubber Coated Suma Bottle Opener from Thirsty Rhino

The “let’s not mess around” opener. Ideal for throwing on a nail out by the grill so you are never stranded and sober while lighting the charcoal.

Buy: $5

Tactica One Precision Bottle Opener

It’s lightweight. It won’t break. It won’t rust. It’s won design awards. Check, check, check, and check.

Buy: $29

Fun


Screwdriver Opener from Klein Tools

The cushion-grip handle resists slippage and provides comfort. Throw in the toolbox.

Buy: $7

Kikkerland Luchador Bottle Opener

Designed by Andres Lhima as part of the Mexico Design Challenge. For any Nacho Libre fans out there.

Buy: $8

Rustic Farmhouse Wall Mounted Bottle Opener by Twine

I considered wall mounted bottle openers to be an eyesore until my old roommate put one on our kitchen wall. They are extremely useful and impossible to misplace.

Buy: $6

Cap Zappa Bottle Opener from Spinning Hat

The Cap Zappa allows you to open a beer and then launch the cap over 16 feet. Pretty much guaranteed to put someone’s eye out. I own three.

Buy: $3

Cycle Dog Bottle Opener Recycled Dog Collar

Made of recycled material, this dog collar dries quickly and won’t get stinky. Oh, and it also opens beers for stealth drinking on any dog walks.

Buy: $20