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I need a few last minute gifts this year, so i decided to try my hand at a few simple bottle openers. Turned out decently for first attempt. And they actually work really well.  

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This is my first punched and drifted bottle opener and has been tested and works perfectly.

The starting stock was 30mm x 5mm, i chose to do the handle as a split flat bar twist i saw on blackbear forges youtube channel.

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Arkham: Personalised cube twist openers. Well done, sir!

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Arkham - those look great.

This was my attempt at a double ended bottle opener, and my first go at a corkscrew.

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Looks good to me. If it pulls a cork all the better. 

Daswolf, they are not. But it’s interesting that you asked. I have been looking at various sizes of stamps and pondered the thought of making my own. 

The shoe turned out wonky, and the horse head was a collaboration with my son. 

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Arkham, they are nice large letter stamps and I haven't seen any like that. Perhaps I should look a little harder :) 

making stamps like that seems like it would be very tedious. 

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Just looked and found some online. Even half inch. Guess they will have to wait till I can build up the tool buying money :wacko:

 

 

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I think harbor freight has some larger ones, haven't tried them ever. They may have only been 3/8" though I think they were half.

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Gotta try one of those corkscrew things. I'm guessing that mild is not going to handle the torque. So what are you guys using for stock? I'm thinking a high-tensile bolt or a shackle pin. I have some aircraft engine through-bolts that might do. And heat treated or not?

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Thanks, Zero. Perhaps I'll make a mild steel one first to practise the method and see how it works.

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Wow, that's a great video, Viking. Thanks for posting that. Mr Aspery makes things look so easy. I see he was using 4140 for the corkscrew, and he said that mild would be too soft. I always thought the screw part would be done by winding the hot metal around a thin former. Not so!

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I attempted doing a corkscrew as you described by winding it around something.... it's now sitting buried in a pile of scrap with other failed experiments :D

I'll have to try following the video myself and see if I can get any closer on a second attempt... likely just using mild as a practice piece as it's easier to work, and what I have on hand (other than some thick coil springs).

 

Back to the topic at hand, the evolution of my own bottle opener attempts (the more successful ones anyway):

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With the corkscrew I did I used the technique Mark Asprey demonstrated however I made it a lot shorter, for the balance of the whole piece I thought if it was to long it would feel weird when using the other end.

It still seems to grip in the cork nice and solidly I will have to try it out a few more times to see if it holds up.

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On 1/10/2018 at 4:54 PM, JustAnotherViking said:

I came across this Mark Aspery video earlier today. Higher carbon than mild, but not hardened. 

We taught that in the Teaching Tent at the 2014 ABANA conference.   It really is quite simple, make a loop and roll it up.   

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JustAnotherViking - well I will just have to suffer for my art :D

Gerald Boggs - That looks really cool I like the handle, what steel did you use?

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On 1/9/2018 at 2:58 PM, littleblacksmith said:

I think harbor freight has some larger ones, haven't tried them ever. They may have only been 3/8" though I think they were half.

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

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