You accomplished something. You built something. You reached a goal, and you deserve to celebrate. Grab your favorite bottle and pour yourself and a friend a shot. Do you use an average, ordinary, boring shot glass? Hell no, you reach for the Booze Bolt! Your favorite alcohol deserves a shot glass worthy of its character. The perfect machined tool to dispense a shot of liquid down the hatch.
What exactly is the Booze Bolt? It's quite simply a machined 6061 aluminum shot glass that holds precisely 1.04 fluid ounces (what some folk call a "pony shot") of the beverage of your choice. The threads provide an excellent tactile feel and the weight of the hex creates a perfect fulcrum for easy tipping action. A vertical brush finish on the sides of the head give it a slight touch of style. The Booze Bolt is offered in two flavors, anodized and non anodized. No more wimpy shot glasses!
2 inch Hex head
Height: 2.5 inches
Weight: 130 grams
Why aluminum, and why a bolt?
Boring, plain glass shot glasses are everywhere. I wanted something different and substantial. Aluminum is cool. Bolts are cool. Bolts hold stuff together and often play a huge role in building stuff. Plus, aluminum will not affect the taste of your favorite alcohol.
Non Anodized vs. Anodized
The non anodized Booze Bolt has that shiny "fresh off the machine" look because that's what it is. It will require a little more maintenance than the anodized Booze Bolt. Over time and repeated handling the untreated Booze Bolt will dull a bit. But a little silver polish and a rag will perk it right up.
The anodized Booze Bolt requires no such maintenance.
Is aluminum safe to drink from?
Aluminum is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the U.S, Food and Drug Administration.
"Consumers easily identify with aluminum products, such as cookware,
beverage cans, antiperspirants and antacids. Aluminum is the third most
abundant element in the earth’s crust; it is in the air that we
breathe and the water we drink."
In short, aluminum is awesome. Although you should not store alcohol in aluminum. But if you're storing alcohol in a shot glass you're doing it wrong.
Is the Booze Bolt dishwasher safe?
Nope. Hand wash only. The hot water and steam of the dishwasher will discolor the aluminum. Sometimes having cool things requires a little more effort.
The Booze Bolt is the perfect family heirloom to pass on from generation to generation. ;)
The initial inspiration for the Booze bolt occurred after I had finished machining some complex aluminum parts for a client. A few co-workers and I celebrated a bit by having a couple of beers after work. Talking with my co-workers, I exhaustively sighed, "After a job like that, I need a shot." With the thought of aluminum bouncing around in my head, the light bulb went off. I sat down at my work station and began drawing.
I created the Booze Bolt using Surfcam, a CAD/CAM software program. Once the CAD design was finished, I proceeded to program and machine the Booze Bolt out of 6061 aluminum on a CNC machine. The first prototype only held 1/2 ounce (a mini-shot!) and didn't have threads, but it was a start. The second version was bigger, but I wasn't happy with the look of the threads. The third time proved to be the charm, and I achieved the look and feel that I was going for. Here's a brief photo history of the evolution of the Booze bolt from cad file to prototypes.
Why Kickstarter? Being an artist/designer/modelmaker in Chicago, I've managed to build the first few prototypes of the Booze Bolt on my own. But I'd love to do a short production run of them. Our shop isn't equipped to handle a run like that. I've sourced a production shop here in Chicago. In order to make the Booze Bolt affordable for your average drinker, I need to have them produced in a relatively high quantity. I have written quotes to do a production run, but need the funds to make it happen. That's where you guys come in. I'm hoping enough people think the Booze Bolt is cool enough to make a production run.
Manufacturing Plan: I have been in contact with a shop that can handle production runs of machined metal parts. I have a quote in hand and the shop is more than confident that they can produce this design in the time frame laid out in my backer plan.
Couldn't you get the Booze Bolt made much cheaper overseas using cast aluminum? Sure, but then the Booze Bolt would kinda suck.
I have friends who like to do the occasional shot of booze, would the Booze Bolt make a good gift? Only if they like unique, cool things.
Thanks for taking the time to check out the Booze Bolt.
Risks and challenges
The prototypes have been machined and heavily tested.*~hic~* But in all seriousness, the next phase awaits. I've been in the prototype business over 15 years and am confident in my ability to get the Booze Bolt made. I sourced a shop right here in the good old USA that will do the production run. They have seen the CAD files and given me written quotes for the production run. If the Booze Bolt demands exceed expectations, keeping up with production to meet the delivery date is the only foreseeable risk. How many booze slurping Kickstarters are out there?