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$1,401
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
27
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, January 26 2017 6:42 PM UTC +00:00

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About

This will be our second project on Kickstarter and we've learned some things from the last one... simple is better on this platform.  We've been kicking around the idea of the Sword Bottle Opener for over a year and have been prototyping for nearly that long.  There are other sword shaped titanium keychains out on the market, but we wanted one that actually excelled at opening your beer (or soda).  Southern California is hotbed of craft brewing and they tend to not have twist off bottles so a good bottle opener comes in handy.  Thus, we are making bottle openers that we want to carry.  

Back side.  They are 100% USA Made
Back side. They are 100% USA Made

They are made of .16in(4.06mm) thick 6Al-4V Titanium, are 2.8in(7.11cm) long (long enough for good leverage, but not too long that they are bigger than your car keys), and 1.125in(2.86cm) wide at the "crossguard".  We feel the ball chain seen in the pictures is the best way to attach them to keychains so that is what they will come with. 

that's a 750ml bottle hanging from the Sword
that's a 750ml bottle hanging from the Sword

 

Why Ti?  Why not... it's light, strong, and happens to be our favorite metal here at Ferrum Forge.

Why a sword?  We like swords and the crossguard was the perfect place to insert a bottle cap opening aperture that would handle even the largest of bottle caps that we encounter.  It was a nice confluence of form and function.

Are they sharp?  They are not sharp in anyway.  They do however have enough taper at the tip to pry with and we have found that you can scrape away that waxy stuff some higher-end beers have around the cap.

We're seeing more breweries do it, now you have a weapon against the wax
We're seeing more breweries do it, now you have a weapon against the wax

We are not going to offer color options at kickstarter pricing for this run, but if time permits we will try and make some special ones and make them available on our website once the KS order have been fulfilled. 

The manufacturing process for these is almost identical to how we generate our folding knife scales.  I render the part in 3D CAD (computer aided design) software, have bulk material cut via water jet into oversized, but vaguely sword-shaped blanks, our aerospace machine shop runs my CAD through CAM (computer aided manufacturing) software and sets up CNC (computer numerical control) mills to cut all the wonderful geometries into the blanks.  We used to run CNCs in house but the shop we use is much better at it than we ever were so the consistency of the parts is much better, and they have a lot of machines so our parts are completed much faster.  Once machined, the swords come back into our shop and we take the raw parts and run them through some finish processes to get the logo and USA blue, but turn the rest of the sword back to stone washed grey.  If you're curious about our knives click here to go to our website. 

Since people have been asking, we will have an option in the backer survey to omit the USA on the back side if you would like.

Risks and challenges

One of the things we learned from our last campaign was that Murphy didn't get a law named after him because he was wrong. So this time around we've left ourselves 3 months for manufacturing and shipping after the close of the campaign. We came very close on our last campaign to actually meeting our shipping date, but this time we want to have everything shipped by or before our projected date.

Since machining titanium is part of our core business (making folding knives) and holds very few surprises for us, we think this project has even less risk than our Ruler project.

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