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Throttle | (noun) | throt·tle - The mechanism by which fluid flow is managed.
Opening a bottle is an odd movement if you think about it. For such a small cap, there is a lot of arm and wrist movement. I wanted to create a minimal and unique bottle opener that was also extremely easy to use. But simply making a bottle opener smaller can reduce mechanical efficiency. I took a step back to think about how the hand works and redesigned the opener to take advantage of grip strength. By locking the thumb and gripping the neck of the bottle, the cap pops right off with the Throttle Opener.
Minimal and different...that was the goal. There are some wonderful openers that poke holes in cans or double as a tool, this is not one of them. Removing screwdrivers and accessories was essential to create a bottle opener that can sit discreetly anywhere and still be efficient. Although compact, it’s never hard to find, Throttle Opener sticks to any magnetic surface due to the built-in powerful rare earth magnet and has a bottle shaped hole large enough for a key-ring. Keep Throttle Opener on your key chain or anywhere you like to enjoy a cold one.
Throttle Opener will be made by pouring molten steel into molds, when cooled it will be sand blasted, brushed and then chrome plated in your choice of finish, natural or smoke. Once I receive the openers I will attach a super strong rare earth magnet using a two part epoxy.
Stretch Goal Added
If we can get to $6,500 a third finishing option will be available, and the finish will be…. BRUSHED COPPER!
Why Kickstarter and Relaunch
You Spoke, I Listened... The first version of Throttle Opener was launch in August and received amazing feedback. Two frequent comments were to add a hole for a keychain and that aluminum was too soft and doesn’t hold up well to sharp steel bottle caps. The solution to both suggestions was to produce in steel by investment casting. Steel is stronger than aluminum so I was able to take material away without compromising the structure; therefore a bottle shaped hole was added to the neck to allow space for a keychain. Also, investment casting in steel has a much lower initial startup cost than the original die casting process (with higher per unit costs however) so I am able to raise less money to get started. By backing this project, you will help me cover the cost of the mold and launch an innovative, crowd-pleasing product! Thanks for supporting Throttle Opener!
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Risks and challenges
Prototypes showing the finishing options and key-ring hole were machined but the final openers will be produced via investment casting. All work will be done by the same company so the quality and finishes have been tested.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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