A simple wine opener
Hello and thanks for landing here! For this new Quickstarter, I set myself the brief of designing and manufacturing a very simple corkscrew. This product comes from a frustration of not being able to find one that is simple in its design while at the same time functional. There are all sorts of corkscrews available online and they come in all shapes, sizes, materials, finishes and qualities.
To my surprise, finding a simple one that just does the job is surprisingly difficult. All of them have various unnecessary features: bevelled edges, shiny varnish, “organic” curves, engraved ornaments, … and many of them are of poor quality. See below for some examples.
The normal corkscrew is as simple as it can get. No cosmetic ornaments, no curves. A high quality screw mounted on a straight beechwood handle.
2 components: a handle and a screw
The handle is made from a ø25mm beechwood cylinder, cut at 90º with no round edge. Beech is a great wood to work with and is widely used in kitchen utensils. Each handle is treated with oil so it won't take any stains from wine or other liquids.
The screw (worm) is made from forged carbon steel that is then nickel finished. Its diameter and length have the optimum dimensions to be inserted into any cork.
Made in France, Germany & England (🇪🇺)
The beech is sourced from a fully certified and highly respected mill in Germany. It is then machined into dowels in England (still in the EU!).
The screws are made in France by one of the last three French worm manufacturer. The company has the reputation of producing their screws to the highest qualities. Amongst their various clients, they are providing the screws to Victorinox’s Swiss Army Knives (this means this is the best of the best 🇨🇭).
And finally, the assembly is made in France.
Shipped directly to you
All corkscrews will be shipped to you with a packaging made from recycled cardboard, designed to fit any standard letter box (there is a slight chance for the packaging to change/be different but I doubt it will).
As for every products, it takes a lot of prototypes to develop the design, even for products made from two components.
I am raising the funds to manufacture the first batch of corkscrews. The costs include:
- manufacturing of the worms (France)
- manufacturing of the handles (England)
- manufacturing of packaging (France or England, TBC)
- oiling and assembly (France)
This is the rough timeline from now until you receive them in your letterbox:
- February - Quickstarter launch
- March - manufacturing of handles, screws and packaging
- April - assembly
- June - Shipping
Thank you for supporting the campaign. Share this campaign to the people you know that love wine. Thank you Lyla for helping on the video and photos!
This is the third Kickstarter as part of Quickstarter, a series of campaigns where I give myself a brief that I have to fulfil in a short amount of time, in parallel with my design practice. I’m doing this to challenge my creativity and for the joy of working on “quick/fun” projects. I actually created, with Kickstarter, a dedicated space for those campaigns. You can find them all and launch yours here.
Each of them follows ± the same criteria:
- Designing, prototyping and manufacturing should not take longer than 3 months.
- The campaign has to be under 20 days.
- The funding goal has to be below £1 000.
- The reward has to be offered under £20.
- The video has to be shot in 1 day.
Want to launch a Quickstarter too? Feel free to do so!
Risks and challenges
It's not my first time here! Actually, I have ran 4 crowdfunding campaigns of my own and have fulfilled them all (you can check them in my bio). The last big Kickstarter was MOON in collaboration with Kudu studio and we designed and manufactured the product from scratch. This product was a great challenge as it it is made up of more than 60 different custom parts. This corkscrew has only 2 components, so I think I will manage ;-).
In parallel with my design practice, I run Sidekick Creatives ltd where we help other creatives to launch their Kickstarter campaigns. To date, I have been involved directly and indirectly with over 50 Kickstarter campaigns.
I am aware of the potential pitfalls of running a Kickstarter campaign. I know what it takes to run a Kickstarter and especially how to wrap the project and send you the rewards. If any delay occurs, you will be the first ones to be notified.
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