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Grumpybiker,  nice sequence of photos with your opener.  Nice work! I've never done wooden handles like those and others I have seen here but definitely inspiring!  What are you using for the finish on the wood and metal?  Looks acrylic spray paint to me.  Thanks for posting.

Tom

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Grumpy: Classy opener, complemented by classy photography!

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17 hours ago, tkunkel said:

Thanks.  I don't have any experience with Flitz and will have to try it.

It’s just a jewelers polish.

10 hours ago, ausfire said:

Grumpy: Classy opener, complemented by classy photography!

Refreshments in my wife’s study.

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This one was a great learning experience, a lot of forge welding practice.

The twist is borrowed from John at Blackbear Forge. I wanted to see if I could do it, plus wanted another opener.

Take away was to make sure the twists are even, and try to add more material for the opener end. I grew worried I would split it as I drifted it larger.

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On 1/11/2018 at 9:37 AM, JHCC said:

HF has three sizes of letter punches: 1/8", 1/4", and 3/8"

Third thing I've ever made. First try at both a bottle opener and a twist. 

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On 9/29/2018 at 9:20 AM, GrumpyBiker said:

Made a mini opener. glad some folks here posted their wood handled openers. I’ve been having a blast making them.

I love that!   A wooden handled bottle opener.   Knife makers have another weapon to handle now.  But grinding out a bottle opener might be a challenge!  On the flip side no quench and temper issues...

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My daughter likes owls. Watched a short video on the tube. This is my take on it. #3

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I've experimented with some patters on my openers. I really don't like the zig-zag one, but what do you think? Are there any good looking patterns that are quick to cut with a chisel? The openers will be sold, so it can't be any over complicated ones that take a lot of time.

(Any other thoughts on the openers are also appreciated! :) )

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I think they all look great. 

If you are looking to sell them, unless it's functionally flawed don't discount ones that you think don't make the cut. Someone out there will love it, and it will be their favorite one.

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Similar to the zig-zag, try a crosshatched pattern with repeating lines (equidistant spacing will help the overall appearance) going both directions. For variety space the lines going one way close together, and the lines going the other way farther apart. A little variation creates a strikingly different look. Varying the depth can also provide some interesting and unique looks.

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Worked up a new tentacle opener this weekend. The hooks on the end are a result of a failed round punch in too thin of material. I started over with a slitter that left me with more material but I decided to leave the failed nubs as a part of the look.

 

Also pictured in the first shot are some Talon claws I like to make out of all the short round cuts you end up having sitting in the scrap bin...

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Here is another opener I gifted to a good friend. I did a non traditional end with a little tentacle wrap.  This one was a ton of fun to make. First time using my sucker punching jig pictured. My test of function is always hooking a bottle and balancing it in the air. If it works I don't get a broken bottle and beer on my floor. So far none have failed.

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Olydemon, I enjoy the visual texture of your tentacles!  Your jig for dimpling the suckers, you are just screwing down the bolt and indenting?  Did you find it faster than a hand held punch?  Thanks.

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Thanks.

The jig is just for holding the stock so I can punch the suckers by hand. Works well. I adapted the simple angle iron piece I saw a fellow Instagram contact had posted. My work has V blocks for holding round stock for measurments that have a similar bolt hold down, so I just combined the ideas.

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