Our Bottle Opener by Brendan Ravenhill was selected by GQ Magazine as part of their 2017 Best Stuff feature - The Best Bottle Opener for Making Friends. Written by Liza Corsillo, published on August 28, 2017.
"There's a jar of coconut oil in my kitchen cabinet right now that I can't open. And it's gonna stay that way until a kindly visitor with strong wrists rescues me from my oil drought. When this happens I will probably marry him, recommend him for a job, or at the very least invite him to join me somewhere in my car. You see, opening things for other people is just another form of winning friends and influencing people. And though my jar-opening skills are shamefully lacking, I am the Dale Carnegie of opening beers.
In truth, you can open a bottle of beer with almost anything, including your teeth. But because I love my teeth and could never quite get the lighter trick down pat, I always have a bottle opener on me. Opening a beer should take all of 3 seconds and should happen in one smooth, uncomplicated motion. Think about any decent bartender who's ever served you: one of their many talents is making drinks while carrying on a conversation. They can open a six-pack worth of beers in the time it takes to utter the words "you want a lime with that?" Everyone is served quickly, everyone feels seen and heard, everyone is happy. That's the vibe I aim for at any picnic or house party. All I want is to be ready should a beer be placed in front of me, or should some poor bastard find themselves holding one with no way of opening it.
Areaware's Bent Nail bottle opener designed by Brendan Ravenhill is my tool of choice. The simple ergonomic wooden handle is fitted with a single bent nail and two strong magnets. Once your drink is opened, the bottom magnet catches your errant bottle cap. And when you're done, the other one secures the opener to your fridge. Areaware's minimalist take on the common bottle opener is the opposite of an eagle scout's multi-tool, and at a mere $12 bucks, is a sight more affordable. It does just one thing and it looks magnificent doing it. When at rest, these things—with their polished and paint-dipped wooden silhouettes—look like Scandinavian objets d'art. So whether you're opening your own beer while ruminating on an important text message response, or saving the day once again at a coworker's going away party, you and your bottle opener will make dreams come true and turn heads while you're at it.
I cannot brag about a large Twitter following, my Instagram isn't full of exotic beaches or famous friends, and only about 25% of my best jokes land. But I can be sure of one thing: if you have a beer I can open the f#ck out of it."