About this project
Thank you for all your support! You can still pre-order a Cap-Off and get the latest updates at www.eaglecapoff.com.
With passion for local craft beer and breweries at an all time high, we believe that beer enthusiasts deserve a unique bottle opener that was made with just as much craft as the beer they are drinking. The satisfying *POP* is a great beginning to an ice cold bottle of your favorite craft beer.
As craft beer aficionados, we go to great lengths to get our hands on a rare find. Enjoying a cold bottle of your favorite craft beer is an experience to be savored; why not enhance it with a bottle opener that starts a conversation and connects people to a common passion?
The Cap-Off represents a piece of American history. It is a high quality, durable, all metal, mechanical bottle opener that was manufactured almost 70 years ago. When the Eagle Cap-Off was first made, people took pride in craftsmanship and quality tools.
Time has gone by but the Cap-Off is still part of an American Dream that is alive and well. We still take pride in quality products and craft beer, and it's time to once again take pleasure in the tools we use to open that beer. Even though it hasn't been in production for decades, the Cap-Off has stood the test of time and we believe it deserves a new beginning. That's why we are remanufacturing the product and bringing it back for the next generation of beer lovers.
The Cap-Off is also perfect for those who collect bottle caps because it does not bend or scratch them. Unlike traditional pry-off bottle openers, the Cap-Off grips the cap from three sides while depressing the top, thus leaving only a slight, concentric indentation in the surface.
Place the opener straight over top of the bottle. Squeeze the hand grips together, which closes the cap grippers on the inside of the device. The grippers wedge underneath the cap as a center plunger applies downward pressure to the top of the bottle cap. With a satisfying *POP* your cap is removed and your beer is ready to enjoy. You can even use the Cap-Off one-handed!
We are bringing a vintage product back for the next generation of beer lovers to enjoy!
The original Cap-Off device was produced by the Eagle Lock Company in the 1940s. Eagle Lock Company was established in 1833 in Terryville, Connecticut and was the largest lock maker in the world. They specialized in metal manufacturing, and forayed into making other metal products, including a high quality bottle opener called the Cap-Off.
As an adult, I (Mike) developed a taste for craft beer and American-made products. My friend Matt is also a craft beer enthusiast, and a few years ago I found a Cap-Off for sale on Ebay and gave it to him as a gift. Matt really enjoyed the opener and wondered how it was possible that no one had brought it back to market. We began to ask ourselves if we could be the ones to revive the product, and started doing a little research into what happened to the Cap-Off.
We discovered the Eagle Lock Company went out of business in the 70s and the Cap-Offs were only produced for a few years but never saw commercial success. We were able to find some various Eagle Lock Company paraphernalia on Ebay, but vintage Cap-Offs have been very challenging to get ahold of and we've only obtained a handful of them throughout months of dedicated searching. Almost all the Cap-Offs still functioned great, despite their age. We decided we wanted to give this product another shot, maintaining all of its ideals: American-made, high-quality and easy to use. We have already obtained the trademarks for the Eagle Lock Company and Cap-Off name and logo, and have already chosen a manufacturing partner in the midwestern United States.
There are tons of accessory products for the wine, cigar and liquor industries. It’s time that the craft beer industry caught up.
*All measurements are approximate and based on original vintage Cap-Offs.
We have secured the trademarks for the Eagle Lock and Cap-Off brands, and now we need to purchase the tools and dies for the casting. We believe in keeping this product American made and maintaining the quality and craftsmanship of the original product. It will cost a little more to manufacture in the US, but we believe it's the right thing to do in order to maintain the quality and craftsmanship of the original. Your support will help fund the remaining engineering, tooling development and manufacturing of the Cap-Off so we can give this product a chance to succeed.
Even if you can't buy a Cap-Off now, you can still support us by sharing this campaign with your friends to help us spread the word. We are really passionate about the craft beer community and all things thoughtfully crafted in the USA. We believe that drinking a bottle of craft beer is an experience, from sourcing the beer to savoring every last drop. Why not make the opening of that beer just as unique? The Cap-Off is the bottle opener you never knew you wanted until now!
Risks and challenges
The Cap-Off is made of metal, which means we have to purchase tooling, and the materials are more expensive than a plastic part. High quality construction and precision mechanics make this product a more costly and complicated one to manufacture. However, we are dedicated to making our Cap-Offs work flawlessly for decades to come and will only ship out high-quality units. We also feel very strongly about keeping our product here in the USA. This was how the product was made over 60 years ago, and we wouldn't have it any other way today.
We are still finalizing some manufacturing details and getting final price quotes. We don't foresee any issues, but there could be delays. We are dedicated to making sure all the Cap-Offs we ship out pass our inspection, and we'd rather delay fulfillment than deliver less than amazing product. However, quality should be easier to control since the Cap-Off will be made domestically.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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