About this project
Stout: adjective \ˈstau̇t\ - Strong of character: brave, bold, uncompromising. Physically or materially strong: sturdy, enduring.
We’re a team of two designers who desire more really well-crafted objects in our lives. Timeless objects that will still be useful, beautiful and even better in 50 years.
Do you remember opening a Coke with your Grandpa's bottle opener? His beautiful hunting rifle? The old fishing pole of your dad's or the family silverware that's been passed down for generations? These “forever objects” are still memorable to us because they helped foster those special moments with family and friends. Stout Bottle Opener is our continuation of that forgotten time where things were more permanent. A forever object, built to be a part of memories.
Imagine your favorite place to relax with friends. Where is that tree you build campfires by? Where do you go to relax on a sunny, summer Saturday? Where do you gather to watch a game? Stout belongs there.
Stout is completely designed and built in the USA. With every opener you'll receive a creativity kit including various screws, mounts, and adhesive to make sure you can put Stout anywhere. The world is now your oyster.
Stout is a joy to use. Stick a bottle in. Pull the bottle out. A crisp ‘pshht!’ reassures the world that your tasty, new beverage has arrived. Stout’s bottom "claw" is curved to the shape of the bottle...you can’t miss. Shove a beer in, and it automatically centers itself. An extremely strong magnet holds the bottle cap until you’re ready to pluck it off.
Stout uniquely opens bottles by pressing on opposite edges of the cap, unlike common openers that bend the cap in the middle. Stout does not bend the bottle cap. At all. This results in an efficient popping of the cap, and none of your usual “wrenching” of the beer to bend the cap off. Home brewers -- you can reuse these caps on your next batch of beer.
We’ve spent over six months fine tuning, prototyping, and preparing Stout for production. In watching people use and interact with Stout we have been able to further tune the design...and have a few barbecues too. Everyone agrees that Stout is just incredibly satisfying to use. We are already finding ourselves more likely to invite friends over, pop open a few beers, and enjoy a Colorado sunset. We think you’ll be more excited, too. Consider Stout your new, permanent member of the family.
Stout Sticks Everywhere.
Stout comes with a creativity kit. You’ll receive a large set of matching, stainless steel screws and an adhesive pad so you can put Stout wherever you damn well please. We’ve made sure you can mount Stout to wood, metal, drywall, or really any surface you can think of. If you need some more time to think of the best place to mount Stout, or just don’t like making holes, use the included adhesive pad to stick Stout to any flat surface.
How many bottle openers have you lost in your time? Stout won’t walk away like the last ten did. We hope Stout starts life on your barbecuing porch and ends up at your great-grandson’s mountain cabin.
Steadfast. Proudly made in USA.
Stout weighs 1/4 of a pound. Stout is investment cast from 314 stainless steel, heat-treated, tumble-finished, and finally bead-blasted for a lasting finish. All screws are finished to match. We will be overseeing production to positively ensure the result has confident, crisp lines and smooth, clean surfaces. We have picked our metal foundry, and they’re ready for us. As soon as we pass our goal, we will be ordering the tooling necessary to create Stout in larger quantities.
Investment casting, sometimes called "lost wax casting," is the same process that is used to create most jewelry. This starts by creating a wax duplicate of Stout, then coating that "wax Stout" in several coats of ceramic. Next, the wax is burned out, leaving a detailed, empty cavity. Molten stainless steel is then poured in and left to cool. After removing the ceramic, we are left with an incredibly accurate piece that is ready for heat-treating, finishing, and eventually opening tasty beverages.
Our last step to producing larger quantities of Stout is to build the steel mold used to make the wax duplicates of Stout, which is the beginning of the casting process... That’s why we’re here, Kickstarter. We’ve put in all the legwork and now only need your support through pledges to pull the trigger.
We guarantee that your Stout will last forever.
We believe in Stout and are excited to bring you along, Kickstarter, in the journey to make this forever object a reality.
STRETCH GOALS: We're are thrilled to announce two new finishes to the Stout Bottle Opener Kickstarter project.
-- $40,000 -- Gunmetal finish.
Once this stretch goal is reached, the gunmetal finish option will, in a sense, be ‘unlocked.’ Each backer will get to choose the Stout finish that best compliments the room, tree, patio, or random place you would like to mount Stout. After the project's close, you as the backer will be able to select your favorite finish with the backer survey we will be sending you.
PLEDGE $1 ---- We appreciate you!
Welcome to the family.
PLEDGE $5 ----
You will receive a hand screen printed 'Welcome to the Stout Family' card.
PLEDGE $20 ----
Stout Logo T-Shirt + 'Welcome to the Stout Family' card.
T-Shirt will be quality dark heather grey, USA made. Available S-XXL.
See below for t-shirt design.
PLEDGE $27 ----
First 100, Early-bird Stout Bottle Opener + 'Welcome to the Stout Family' card. Creativity kit with screws and adhesive included.
PLEDGE $35 ----
Stout Bottle Opener + 'Welcome to the Stout Family' card. Creativity kit with screws and adhesive included.
PLEDGE $50 ----
Stout Bottle Opener + Stout Logo T-Shirt + 'Welcome to the Stout Family' card. Creativity kit with screws and adhesive included.
See above for t-shirt design.
PLEDGE $65 ----
Stout Bottle Opener + Poster + 'Welcome to the Stout Family' card. Creativity kit with screws and adhesive included.
Hand screen printed, 16" x 24" poster on French Paper, signed and hand-numbered 1-150. Explore the poster for creative ideas on where to mount Stout. Frame not included.
See below for poster design.
PLEDGE $80 ---- THE ULTIMATE BUNDLE
Stout Bottle Opener + Stout Logo T-Shirt + Poster + 'Welcome to the Stout Family' card. Creativity kit with screws and adhesive included.
Your support is invaluable and we are excited for you to join the Stout family.
See above for t-shirt and poster designs.
We'd like to be making Stout Bottle Openers in 20 years. There is a patent pending for Stout Bottle Opener.
Come say hello to us on Twitter at @StoutOpener. We would love to hear about the grand plans you all have for your new forever object!
Thank you Kickstarter!
Special thanks to Jeff Sharpe for helping edit the video and our friends for joining us in product testing.
Music: Holiday by Les Enfants
Risks and challenges
As soon as the project is successful, we will immediately order our first full production run. Our foundry will build the tooling necessary to cast Stout. Next, we will receive our first samples for approval of quality. Once we're satisfied, the foundry will cast our full batch, which will then be sent for surface finishing. Lastly, we'll assemble, package, and ship your Stout like a pack of hungry wolves.
The foundry has quoted us that this process will take 4 months. We feel this is quite reliable, but this still is manufacturing. We will always choose quality over speed, and sometimes it takes time to "keep the train on the tracks." Stout is a straight-forward product, and we feel confident that we can deliver on-time.
We invite you along on this journey of making our best “forever object.” We promise to be transparent throughout the process and to let you in on the fun of making something great. We have worked thoughtfully to set our goal high enough to ensure a resilient project, one that can cover the expensive tooling, stainless steel, quality casting, and any speed-bumps along the way. In other words, we have set our goal in order to guarantee that you receive your Stout Bottle Opener.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes! We are selling Stouts at our website, www.stoutbottleopener.com
We have had this exact application in mind while working on Stout... can I put it on my patio for 30 years?
We haven't had 30 years to watch Stout, but here's what we have in mind. We're casting these out of 314 stainless steel. We selected this type of stainless steel for its corrosion resistance. It also takes well to the casting process we're working with. Basically, we're making Stouts with the same process and the same material that metal hardware for a boat is made of.
We're thinking of those polished "rope tie-down cleats" on my (Lance's) father in law's boat. The boat has been sitting in Lake Erie for 20 years and they still look great, no corrosion, etc... The general rule for testing metal corrosion is that salt water spray is THE WORST... so I'm confident that Stout will stand up really well in any environment. If it doesn't, we'll send you a new one. Also, all the screws are matching stainless steel, so they should match Stout's lasting qualities.
We're also 'bead blasting' the metal finish on these. This is basically hurling tons of tiny glass beads at the surface to 'ping' the finish and give it an even, bright satin finish. This also hardens the outer surface, making Stout further resistant to wear.
We expect that with enough beverages, enough barbecues, and enough years, Stout may begin to 'wear in.' The satin finish may buff out in the corners, giving Stout an 'I've been here, and I'm here to stay' look. We're excited for that day to come -- A Forever Object.
Yes! Just add $30 per extra bottle opener to the pledge amount that you chose and we'll send a backer survey at the close of the project to ensure that you get the correct number of Stouts based on what you have pledged.
Each and every Stout Bottle Opener ships with its own stick-anywhere-adhesive pad and a full set of matching, stainless steel screws (wood, sheet metal, machine screw+nuts, drywall anchors, ). You'll also receive a 'Welcome to the Stout Family' card.
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