You can buy new bottle cutters online (here's a good roundup of options) but their ability to cut different sizes, angles, and bottle shapes are severely limited.
Of course, there are loads of potential projects to be had, so instead of buying a bottle cutting jig, let's make one!
They say the best camera is the one you have on you. I apply the same logic to bottle openers: the most desirable is the one you can find when you need it. Between wine keys and can openers and dedicated tools, I probably own seven or eight different levers that can snap off a bottle cap, and they all seem to be completely AWOL when their services are required.
Trust me: you want to be the guy with the bottle opener. At a party or small gathering, you'll be the guy everyone talks to. For those times when pick up your sweetheart and some longnecks to go watch the sunset. Or for the many, many reasons you'll need one on vacation or a work-related trip.
My go-to options are the wall-mounted one I picked up at a restaurant supply store and a double-hinged wine key that I use for everything, but each of these is a well-designed heirloom item that'll have you opening bottles just so you have an excuse to use it.
I'm totally digging on this tiny little piece of brilliant design. First, it's a classic, perfectly-sized chrome bottle opener that'll easily slip into a pocket, backpack on the handle of a cooler. But more interestingly, it also allows you to reseal a beer bottle to preserve its freshness, fragrance, and taste.
What do a nail gun, machete, wheelchair, dead animal skull, holiday tinsel, and your belly button all have in common?
Easy. They're all clever and potentially very, very unsafe ways to open a bottle of beer.
Filmmaker Chris Sumers got together with his buddies and filmed dozens of unlikely ways to pop a bottlecap.
Pop quiz time! There are six types of simple machines that have been identified for the last four hundred years. How many can you name?
On their own, bottle caps are tiny little works of art: circular canvases that conveys a beverage's message almost as directly as its flavor. It's no wonder that folks have been collecting these unique expressions for as long as crown cork cap has been around.
So, since its sort of a shame to throw them away, don't. Start saving them, get a few from your friends and family, make friends with a bartender, and resurrect them into some topographic wall art.
Bottle cutters were everywhere in the 1970s...tucked in with the macrame and string art kits, they allowed hands-on folks to create recycled vases from wine bottles, or drinking glasses from jars, cool lamps and lighting fixtures, and all kinds of upcycled goodness, like this great project by my friend Tyler Goodro:
Unfortunately, the kits are increasingly rare and growing more expensive on eBay, so it's a pretty big investment if you're just interested in learning and not planning on cranking projects out in bulk.
Webecoist sez, "Got a recycling bin full of glass bottles? Why waste them when you could have a new table lamp, candle holder, shelving unit, hummingbird feeder – even a house? Reuse beer, wine and liquor bottles for these 13 fun and creative crafts and projects for the home and garden."
The liquor store is not the place to be showing off fancy design work. I'm pretty sure that you could put an Eames lounge, Frank Gehry builiding, and the Mona Lisa in my neighborhood carryout, and I'd find them as dingy as can be.
BUT! Lurking between the boxes of wine and the 99 bottle opener end caps, you can actually find some pretty amazing product design.
I will never get tired of useful things that are cleverly designed.
And the Fang bottle opener by Vitamin satisfies that category perfectly. The little dude stands on his own, then uses his chompers to open your beverage...which is way better than using your own. Comes in nine different patterns, or my favorite - just plain white.
Whether you're stuck without the appropriate tools, or just want an opportunity to show off some cool parlor tricks, there are plenty of ways to open a beer or other capped bottle without an manufactured bottle opener. Since we got such a great response for our Five Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew, we thought we'd assemble five of these beer bottle tricks.
Oh, and yes, it is possible to do this with your teeth, but please, please don't. It's not worth it, and people aren't really laughing with you...
1. With a lighter. Check out this classic simple machine principle at work from the Wired wiki. Also works with a spoon
Cocktail parties are often just as much about flair as they are about gatherings, but most of us aren't skilled enough (or willing) to start flipping shakers and bottles and catching limes in our teeth.
So, instead, try one of these five options for opening a corked wine bottle WITHOUT using a corkscrew. Some are pratical, some are just for show, and none are really classy, but all will certainly show off your mad hostin' skills.
1. Use a screw. The Wired How-To Wiki offers this technique using a screw and a claw hammer. (pictured above)
2. A drill bit and pliers. Simply drill in a 1/4"-or-so drill bit, then grab with a pair of pliers,
I'm still on the search for the perfect day-to-day bag. I admit, I ask alot: I need something that carries and protect my computer and my DSLR, as well as fits my collection of things I use daily - books, paperwork, notebook, cables, glasses/contacts, multitool, etc, etc - that's carriable when I walk, bike, or ride my scooter.
And I think I've found the almost perfect option - with the almost hinging on the lack of external pocket to carry my water bottle or a drink. But, this quick and easy hanging bottle carrier from Between the Lines seems like a great solution.