Tired of buying junk that quickly breaks? We were too. So we started Flower City Tool Company to create quality tools that will hold up to any abuse you can throw at them. We thought there could be no better way to kick off a new company than with bottle openers!
We are introducing two bottle openers: a Classic option with wood handle and a small Keychain model.
Keychain Bottle Opener (Titanium or Stainless Steel)
The Keychain Bottle Opener was designed to be a small but functional Everyday Carry (EDC) bottle opener you can take anywhere. It is machined from a solid piece of aircraft grade titanium or medical grade stainless steel (shown) and hand polished to a dull finish. It comes with a 3/4" stainless steel keyring.
Although smaller than a standard house key, it has grooves on the top and bottom to allow your fingers to firmly grip the opener and have the required leverage to open bottle after bottle.
Classic Bottle Opener
Based off of the highest quality knives that have riveted full tang handles, the Classic Bottle Opener brings the same great design features into a bottle opener.
The opener is machined from a single thick piece of stainless steel, then polished to a dull shine. Your choice of wood handle is riveted on by hand through a labor intensive process of hammering the rivets and grinding them flush with the handle. The final step is applying a food safe finish to the handle to bring out the natural beauty of the wood.
Wood choices for the handle are shown below: Maple is on the top and Cherry on the bottom.
All reward tiers are listed to the right. After the campaign is successfully funded, we will begin taking orders for the items on our website. But there are several extra bonuses for backing us through Kickstarter:
- Free Shipping on all rewards to anywhere in the USA!!
- Early Bird reward tiers are available for the first backers
- Package deal with one Keychain and one Classic
- Larger package deals to help with your holiday gifts
Once successfully funded at the end of the Kickstarter project on September 13, production will start right away. Here is the tentative production and delivery schedule:
- Send out backer survey (wood handle choice for Classic model and shipping information)
- Purchase raw materials
- Machining of the metal components
- Polish and package early bird Keychain Bottle Openers
- Finish handles on the early bird Classic Bottle Openers
- Ship Early Bird reward tiers
- Finish polishing remainder of Keychain Bottle Openers
- Finish handles on remainder of Classic Bottle Openers
- Package and ship all remaining rewards
Made in the USA
Although most companies treat tools as disposable or replaceable items, at Flower City Tool Company, our mission is to create the highest quality tools that you can depend on for high performance time after time. As an American company, all tools are crafted in Rochester, NY only with components and materials sourced from US manufacturers and suppliers. For these bottle openers:
- The metal components will be machined in our workshop or other US fabrication shops if there are too many orders for us to handle
- The wood is sourced from small businesses who practice responsible harvesting locally in New York state
- The wood finish on the handle is from a US company that manufactures in the US with all natural ingredients
- Even the keyrings on the Keychain model are made in the US, not imports from China
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Risks and challenges
All the parts for the final designs shown were made in my workshop. I have the capacity to build and fulfill the orders from this campaign. The only real unknown is the number of backers, but if there are too many orders for me to handle, I have other US machine shops already engaged to make sure I can deliver the finished products to you in a timely manner before the holidays (who wouldn't love a bottle opener as a gift??)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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