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The stainless steel Critter Cutter: Easy, stylish way to open bottles & boxes. It even holds your keys! 
Looks good and works great!
The stainless steel Critter Cutter: Easy, stylish way to open bottles & boxes. It even holds your keys! Looks good and works great!
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QPQ coatings

The QPQ nitrocarbonizing is awesome but with 1700 degree temperatures it's really rough on parts (the "stuff" they dip it in looks like volcanic lava). We don't expect to do it again so the kickstarter ones are just going to have to be a limited edition. We do have enough QPQ Critter Cutters to cover our kickstarter rewards. We are now testing a similar process for blackening stainless steel that uses lower temperatures.

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    1. Jeremy & Karen St. John, Thomas Seidel Creator on

      Thomas (this is Jeremy "speaking") does black anodizing all the time in his business (TroupSystems.com). It's a pretty, uniform color, not as strong as QPQ but FAR cheaper than QPQ. The problem is it's for aluminum or titanium and will NOT work on stainless steel. Instead we are looking at replacing QPQ with the Black Oxide process which will work on stainless. Black Oxide is strong like QPQ (Dewalt has a line of Black Oxide drill bits). We are hoping Black Oxide will give us the results we want, improve quality and lower costs.

    2. Jeremy & Karen St. John, Thomas Seidel Creator on

      We think the problems we are having with QPQ is caused by residual oil on the Critter Cutters left from the manufacturing process but we aren't sure. This is the first time anyone has ever been silly enough to put an industrial case-hardening coating like this on a bottle opener, and we had some unexpected problems.

    3. Jeremy & Karen St. John, Thomas Seidel Creator on

      The rainbow ones looked so good we "went out on a limb" and did a huge batch to bring the cost down. I haven't heard from the factory on the status of the rainbow coatings we'll contact them Monday for an answer. As soon as the rainbow ones come in we'll ship them and that will include the reward for one of each.

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      Simon Karls on

      Thanks for the update! Any news on the Rainbow ones?

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    6. Timothy Toler
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      So the QPQ ones are now the Limited Edition? I can see the "Limited Edition" Rainbow Blue version has a place on the website's store. Have they now swapped status with this update or was there not enough of the blues ordered to do a batch without increasing the quantity to minimum?

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      ralph pitt on

      have you tried Black Anodizing?

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      Michael Uhlman on

      Yeah I was slightly disappointed as well with the coating. It picks up dirt VERY easy. Overall still a very nice piece.

    9. K on

      My black is an ugly grey. So expensive! Such a waste. :(