Hello everyone, thanks for checking out my project! If you missed the Kickstarter campaign, you can view STRONG LIKE BULL products available at www.stronglikebullmagnets.com
In funding project updates:
1) A stainless steel part will be inserted into the 'jaw' area to make sure this opener truly lasts a lifetime... more details can be found in Update #7.
2) A cool packakaging tin is being offered as an add-on... more details can be found in update #10.
Bottle openers are certainly well covered territory on Kickstarter. My recently unsucessful Bottlejak stopper project incorporated a bottle opener feature, and I found it fun to use. And so, it led me to sketch up a few pages full of opener concepts... along with many pages of ideas as equally unusual as the Bottlejak... but the world does not appear quite ready for those just yet:)
Kickstarters love bottle openers...
-There have been a few 'small format' openers of various types... I own the very nice Torq from creator Mike Bond.
-There have been lots of 'pocket tools' featuring openers. I own the Bottle Grenade from creator Brad and the Pickpocket from creator Michael Dickson.. these are cool designs.
-There have been wall mounted openers, stick on openers, and even a bike seat post opener.
So again, well covered ground, but I still wanted to give it a go...
I always try to be as unique and original as possible. I received a lot of positive feedback from my previous Strong Like Bull Magnet project... backers interested in where I could go with the 'brand'. I also had many backers say they liked Bottlejak and it's opener feature.. so I decided to kind of combine those elements into the STRONG LIKE BULL bottle opener project.
There are lots of cool machined-from-sheetmetal type products on KS. So I thought if I made a really substantial sized, hand held opener, then that would be a fun new direction. Something you'll have a hard time losing, something to throw in your kitchen drawer or display on your bar top.
I thought I was on to something, but then I found the successfully funded 'Beer Claw'... this project is more of what I wanted to do from a size perspective, but it's a very rustic wood and metal design and I was more interested in a modern clean metal look. So I thought my eventual design was a different enough direction to pursue.
I wanted substantial, so 1/2 inch thick aluminum was the starting point. From there, I took some inspiration from some knife handle designs and created a prominent spot for the SLB logo. I'm happy with the result... I think it looks great, works great, and feels great.
Starting with a block of aluminum, there's a great amount of machining to produce the final part which clocks in at 4.5oz. Aluminum is pretty lightweight... so when you have 4.5oz of it, you've got a pretty big piece of aluminum. The overall length is over 6 inches and the width approaches 2 inches at the widest part.
With your support, the funding from the project will allow for a large enough order to get the pricing to a reasonable level. As always, I utilize local, US machine and anodizing shops to allow me to be involved in overseeing the production.
I plan to offer several anodized color options. Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant finish.
Depending on how funding goes, I'll offer several anodize colors... more details on this as the project moves along.
Keep it handy...
The SLB Bottle Opener is designed to allow a SLB magnet to fit in the handle to allow it to be stuck to a metal surface. Hang it on your refrigerator or grill to keep it handy.
If you have a SLB magnet from my last project, then you are all set... if not, I have configured a reward that includes the opener and 1 SLB magnets of your choice.
Where the rewards money goes...
While not inexpensive... it's a large, one-of-a-kind, custom machined part that will pretty much last forever. Here's a look at where the reward money goes...
Thanks for checking out the project!
Risks and challenges
If the project achieves funding, it will be my third successfully funded project. I've learned quite a bit on the first two projects... Spoke Pencils and Strong Like Bull Magnets. Those two projects were reasonably on time and well received. Every project has potential for issues, but with the experience from the prior projects and the prototyping that has already been done on this one, I'm confident I can execute the project (ship in time for the holidays). I hope to get the chance to do just that. Thanks! BrianLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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