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Bottle Openers, why?

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by Scoman, May 17, 2015.

  1. Scoman

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    Why does every little tool or keyring gadget have a bottle opener? I thought most bottles nowadays had twist of tops. Do people struggle to open them on such a scale that every tool has to have one? I can honestly say I have only ever used a bottle opener to open a bottle a few times. I have used everything else, key, bic lighter, knife spine but rarely a bottle opener tool. Am I the strange one or should I just drink more bottled beer and get on with life?
     
  2. white_wabbit

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    Your profile says you live in Scotland?! I didn't know twist tops were so common north of the border. Down here in the backwards South most of the bottles still seem to have the old fashioned tops. The answer for me... Gerber Shard :p
     
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  3. Westerdutch

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    Same here in Netherlands, 95% of the bottles (at least the ones i drink) have proper caps... And even if twisties became more mainstream i don't think speciality beers will jump that bandwagon too soon so ill still need my openers.
     
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  4. LRex
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    I think the cut out to make a bottle opener on a small tool is so easy to make, why not? Must be a marketing tactic where you can have a 4 in 1 tool vs a 5 in 1 tool. People like to see more bang for their buck even for such a novel design, such as a bottle opener. If I really looked at my stuff, The Pangea Designs Alpha (no hex wrench) pickpocket has no really use other than being a keychain that allows me to dangle my keys, but they fitted a bottle opener on it. Might as well have one, than not have one at all. Though this creates a situation, where you also have a pry tool, and that pry tool has a bottle opener and then your Victorinox on your keychain has a bottle opener, by the time you know it, you have several different bottle openers. Which brings us back to your point, I think it's a marketing thing.
     
  5. Narcosynthesis

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    The majority of bottled beers I see here still need a bottle opener, so it is far from being a useless function. I can only guess that your preferred drink is one of the minority with a twist top or come in cans or some other alternative...

    As a separate thought, a bottle opener is such an easy addition to most tools, why wouldn't a manufacturer add one in? Pretty much no downside and one extra function to add to the marketing. It can end up with the situation of many people managing to unintentionally carry multiple openers, but given they don't do any harm or get in the way they are not really a bother.

    I am also someone who doesn't drink beer so has no use for a bottle opener at all, so if anyone should be annoyed by them appearing everywhere, it would probably be me...
     
  6. MatBlack

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    I don't drink "twist-offs" and I like to drink bottle-beer, hence I carry a dedicated opener.
     
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  7. quietconundrum
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    agree with above. I use my dedicated opener (pictured) regularly, whether for myself or to lend help to another. I honestly don't see many twist-off caps around here.
     
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  8. kertap75

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    I need an opener now. I used to use a lighter our anything else handed as a lever to pop beer bottles. I injured my finger a few years ago and it's sensitive enough that some days it would be impossible and on the best days it's uncomfortable. The sheer volume of things that a bottle opener has been added to lately is mind boggling sometimes but in a way it makes sense. When I look at people's keychain who have never heard of or considered EDC the one tool I almost always see is a bottle opener.
     
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  9. quietconundrum
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    additionally, I find 90% of bottle openers that are built into other tools completely uncomfortable to use or otherwise unwieldy, thus the choice to carry a dedicated.
     
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  10. GearHunter

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    Never without it. The best " on tool " opener I've ever found. I built a new covered patio in our back yard last year and I put one of this old fashioned bottle openers on every post (8) so I always have an opener handy ( we drink a LOT of corona around here) but still find myself reaching for the skeletool.


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  11. farmdog

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    For myself I have not had to use a bottle opener for quite awhile. Just my choices in beverages I guess. I like having the option of having one in case it is needed though.
     
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  12. Scoman

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    I'm genuinely surprised that many people use them so I stand corrected. I do think theres a lot in LRex's statement though. I bought a Trayvax wallet recently and it has one that was bloody awkward to use. Not trusting the security at the small airports I use I cut it off and trimmed it away. The resultant 'stub' is more use as a bottle opener now.
     
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    I'm with you Scoman! I can open a bottle with a lighter with a bit of leverage. Grip it near the cap, and put the lighter under my middle knuckle of my index finger. Can do it with lots of things, another good one is another bottle - only a problem when you get to the last one as you need the edge of the cap of the unopened bottle, the rounded glass slips off.

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  14. Cheeser
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    Usually by about the 5th stubby my coordination is a little off and a bottle opener prevents me ripping my hands up ;)
     
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    All craft beer in the U.S. Requires an opener


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    It's not just beer, but normally also glass-bottled soft drinks or so. Though I can open a bottle with nearly everything in range (in emergencies a table or even my teeth), I prefer a dedicated cap lifter. Because of reasons. And thanks to my minimalism I carry just one: my LM Style CS.
     
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    Openers are always handy.


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  18. cityofthesouth

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    I don't get it either. I've never used the bottle opener on a key chain or tool. I can probably count the number of times I've used a bottle opener of any kind on one hand.
     
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  19. Weej

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    I tried to use them, but i always end up using just about anything else other than a bottle opener. Most of times the back of my knife. Its always funny seeing people try to find something to open their dos xx and by the time they look back up at me, ive already began to enjoy my awesomeness.
    I dont always use my bottle opener, but when i do, its because you cant open a beer like me.

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  20. les snyder

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    the fine folks at LaRue Tactical are major 3 gun match sponsors...and make quality products... not too PC with their logo

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