Thanks for checking out my project. The Aervine bottle opener is a combined corkscrew and wine aerator. Over the last 2 years I put countless hours into this project because I wanted to get it right. Your bottle opener should add to your wine experience and not take away from it.
Coolmaterial.com: "Not only are your bottles of vino going to be easier to open (you actually turn the bottle not the corkscrew like you’re used to) but you can open up the bouquet (man we hate using that word) thanks to the aerator."
Swiss-miss.com: "A beautiful brainchild...I'm backing this"
Techmash: "The corkscrew has not really changed much over the years, you know how it works! You Force it in and pull it out hoping that all of the cork comes out. However, the Aervine is different as you twist the bottle onto the device for a smoother action and it comes with a built in aerator too, this really is cutting edge technology for wine drinkers."
TRENDENCIAShombre.com: "Como se puede ver en el vídeo, el funcionamiento es sencillo, simplemente debemos enroscar la botella dentro del cilindro de metraquilato, y antes de lo que imaginemos el corcho habrá salido limpiamente, sin tirones ni gestos extraños, ni la posibilidad de que el corcho se rompa. Luego podemos darle la vuelta al cilindro, quitar el sacacorchos y usarlo de aireador sobre la copa."
ishouldhaz.com: "1 of these would make macguyver look like child's play."
UPDATE Dec 24, 2012- Happy Holidays to everyone! There is only 6 days left and that is only 144 hours and we still have to raise $5222. I am contacting every blog, newspaper, radio and TV stations I can think of to get the word out there. We have to make the $10,000 goal by the morning of the 31st to make this a reality so please help spread the word. I have no doubt we can make this happen.
UPDATE Dec 22, 2012- A big thank you to all of our supports. With only 8 days left there is still much work to be done to get the word out there so please help spread the word. All blog, twitter or facebook post will help. Here is a link to the Aervine kickstarter project if you want to copy and past the link:
UPDATE Dec 19, 2012- Time for something positive! #26acts, I am all in.
UPDATE Dec 7, 2012- Aluminum versions are done and photos added below.
UPDATE-Dec 6, 2012- Just had 2 aluminum openers turned on a lathe by my Canadian friend and they are AWESOME! He turned them for a bottle of crown royal. Very cool. I included a picture below so you can get an idea of what they are going to look like. They are not done yet so they will only get better. Tomorrow the openers will be threaded, glass bead blasted and then anodized. After I get that done I will get more photos up.
UPDATE- Dec 3, 2012- Added aluminum Aervine Bottle opener version for rewards. Replace the acrylic with aluminum, will have same finish as handle. Will have photos up for the aluminum version on Saturday Dec 8th or Sunday dec 9th.
The aervine bottle opener is designed to work a little differently from other corkscrews. The corkscrew threads into the bottle opener the same way a bolt threads into a nut. With this design you turn the bottle into the corkscrew rather then turning the corkscrew into the cork.
An advantage of this ergonomic design allows you to hold the bottle opener with one hand and the bottle with the other to break the cork free. You never lose control of the bottle when removing a cork and it just feels right when using the corkscrew without awkward hand and wrist positions.
Another advantage of this design is the ability to remove the cork without putting a hole completely through it. Some wine drinkers would prefer to have a glass or two of wine and then reseal the bottle with the same cork. A traditional corkscrew punctures the cork top to bottom so the cork cannot reseal the bottle again. The Aervine bottle opener can remove the cork and keep the cork intact giving you a much better chance to reseal the bottle and preserve that expensive bottle of wine for another day
The patent pending design also includes a wine aerator. Many red wines need to breathe before you can drink them making for a better tasting wine. To use the Aervine bottle opener as a wine aerator simply remove the corkscrew, hold the aerator over a glass and pour wine through it. You can enjoy your wine instantly and not have to wait for it to decant. You could spend $40 on just an aerator but with your Aervine bottle opener the aerator is included.
The materials used are all food safe. The handle is made from aircraft aluminum, the corkscrew from stainless steel, and the body from cast acrylic or aluminum. Why cast acrylic? I used cast acrylic because it is food safe and there are no BPA's or any other harmful chemicals in cast acrylic. It is also the strongest type of acrylic and is not damaged by UV rays.
Most wine aerators are made with polycarbonate and BPA is in all polycarbonates. We will never use any materials with BPA or any other harmful materials to make our products.
I also used a different approach with building this bottle opener. I wanted to use CNC machined parts with no glues or adhesives. CNC machined parts have a better fit and finish and the parts have no seems. Machined parts can also be built with stronger materials resulting in a better bottle opener. Nobody else is building a bottle opener like this.
The aluminum handle is glass bead blasted and then hardened. It has the same type of finish as Apple's aluminum laptops. I wanted it to be a simple minimal design that was built to last.
Have your Aervine bottle opener engraved with up to 10 characters. We will set up a CNC machine just for engraving. This is a much more expensive and time consuming way to engrave but it's a better way and it fits with the character of the opener. Laser engraving would be faster and cheaper but it's just not as good as CNC machining.
Your Aervine bottle opener will come with a cotton drawstring bag to protect it while not in use.
The Aervine bottle opener will retail for $44 plus $4 for engraving plus shipping and handling. Kickstarters will be getting a significant discount for supporting this project.
With your help we hope to get enough orders to cover the tooling cost and material cost for the first production run.
Please help spread the word about this project.
Your support is greatly appreciated!
We just added photos for the all aluminum version below. It's a beautiful, classic design. I have never seen a cooler bottle opener. I love it.
The all aluminum version will use the same aircraft aluminum and have the same glass bead blasted finish as the handle. It will be CNC machined from a solid piece of aluminum and we did nothing to reduce the weight of it. With a weight of just over 12oz or 320 grams it feels just like it should in your hand. The bottle opener was already in the aluminum, we just took away the material that should not have been there.
Risks and challenges
I have been an industial engineer for about 20 years now and I have been involved in product launches for all of those years. Most of my background is in automotive and I have also done consulting work for many parts suppliers. Lean manufactuing is what I do for a living. Over the years I have seen just about everything that can go wrong with product launches. I think I can avoid most of those problems.
After the project is funded it will be critical to get things moving quickly. Materials will have to be ordered and then sent to the machine shop to have the CNC lathe work done on the acrylic body and the aluminum handle. The machine shop will need 4 - 5 weeks to machine those parts.
After the machine shop is done with their part I will do some additional machining on the acrylic and handle in my own shop. The acrylic will need to have threads put in for the corkscrew and the hole for the aerator. The handle will need to be slotted and engraved. The handle will also be deburred, polished, glass bead blasted, anodized and sealed. This process takes time but it's the right way to build it.
So the biggest challenge will be to stay on schedule and not fall behind with timing. Things can be held up easily and it's hard to make up for lost time. We also have the occasional winter storm in Cleveland.
I will do all I can to pull parts from the supplier as they are made to speed things up. The machining will all be done in the Cleveland area so it will be easy for me to keep an eye on things and it may be possible for me to do better with timing but I will not know that until things are moving along.
I have an overseas supplier for the corkscrews but as soon as I can find an American supplier I will have them made in the US. I will do all I can to get that part made in the US.
Please help get the word out about my project. I want to do my part to help create jobs in the US and I need your help with this project to make it happen. Thanks for your support.
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