Bottle openers don’t come in a standard shape, size, or style. They are versatile tools that have different designs, but they all perform the same function. While they are all designed to remove caps, bottle openers are unique tools that nearly everyone has at least one of.
It’s time to uncap the different types of bottle openers!
What Are the Different Types of Bottle Openers?
Bottle openers do not come in the same cookie-cutter design. While they nearly all work the same, they can look very different.
Crown Cork Opener
The crown cork opener is one of the classic styles closely resembling the first bottle opener ever invented. The easy-to-use design became the standard for the varieties of bottle openers that followed.
Also known as a bar blade or paddle opener, speed openers are most commonly used by bartenders because they reduce strain on the wrist from continuously opening bottles.
Regular bottle openers require two hands: one to hold the bottle, and one to hold the bottle opener. With a wall-mounted opener, you can open a bottle cap with just one hand. Some wall-mounted bottle openers also come with a container or magnet to catch the loose caps.
Card Style Bottle Opener
You take your wallet with you every time you leave the house. Card style bottle openers are especially handy because they fit right in your wallet. Wherever you go, you’ll have a bottle opener at arm’s length.
Key Chain Bottle Opener
Without your keys, you can’t start your car or open your front door. So why not attach a bottle opener to your keychain? Keychain bottle openers are small and lightweight, so they won’t weigh down your keys.
Sunglasses Bottle Opener
Sunglasses and a bottle opener are two summertime essentials, so why not put the two together? The arms of these sunglasses have an integrated bottle opener on the end.
Flip-Flop Bottle Opener
While you might not recognize it at first, these sandals have a bottle opener integrated into the sole of the shoe. Next time you’re on the beach or enjoying summer fun, you’ll have a bottle opener handy!
Can Cooler Bottle Opener
Imagine a cooler full of drinks, but nothing to open any bottles with. Sounds like a nightmare, unless you have a koozie with a bottle opener attached to it.
Lighter Bottle Opener
A lighter is something most people keep at home to light candles or start a bonfire. These lighters are paired with a bottle opener to combine two handy objects into one!
Multi-Purpose Bottle Opener
Some bottle openers come with additional tools attached like a corkscrew, pocketknife, or even a screwdriver. Multi-purpose bottle openers can eliminate the need for several different tools by combining them into one.
Novelty Bottle Opener
There are seemingly endless novelty bottle openers like this mustache. While it may not look like a bottle opener at first glance, the curled ends of the mustache are what you use to open a bottle cap.
Custom Bottle Opener
Custom bottle openers are perfect for bars, craft beer releases, specialty sodas, or even for restaurants like pizza parlors. Using bottle openers to promote your business is not only an easy way to give customers an item they’ll use, but also brings more exposure to your brand!
Ring Bottle Opener
While it may look like a regular ring on your finger, the underside is actually a bottle opener! A ring bottle opener makes opening a bottle using one hand a breeze.
Cast iron bottle openers are popular vintage collectors’ items! They are commonly found in unique shapes and can also be hand painted. Cast iron bottle openers were some of the first bottle openers businesses used for advertising.
It’s obvious bottle openers come in all shapes and sizes, sometimes not even looking like a typical bottle opener at all. Without bottle openers, the phrase “cracking a cold one” wouldn’t even exist!
Why Does a Paint Can Opener Have a Bottle Opener?
Have you ever used a paint can opener and wondered why the opposite end is shaped like a bottle opener? While you can certainly use it to open a bottle of Coca-Cola, it’s there to provide leverage to pry the paint cap open.
Trying to open a can of paint with only a thin metal handle would not be easy. The bottle opener shape at the end of a paint can opener gives more surface area for your hand to push down on to pry open the paint lid.
What is the Other Side of a Bottle Opener For?
Some bottle openers have design or shape at the bottom of the tool that can be used for more than just removing a cap. The other side of a bottle opener can be used for:
1. Opening a Can
The pointed end of this bottle opener is designed to poke a hole into the top of a can. The contents can then be poured out, or the rest of the top can be removed.
2. Attaching to a Key Ring
You’ve probably noticed many bottle openers with small holes on one end. These holes are most commonly used to attach a key ring. You can then put it on your keys or simply hang it up.
3. Removing Pour Spouts from Liquor Bottles
This speed blade is different from the ones with a circle on the other end of the opener. The other end of this bottle opener is designed to easily remove pour spouts from liquor bottles with the tapered side of the circle.
What is the Circle Side of a Bottle Opener For?
Most bartenders use a speed blade that has a circle on the opposite end of the bottle opener. The circular end is used to slide down the neck of a glass bottle to pull it out of a cooler. This prevents bartenders from having to get their hands cold and wet.
When you see a bottle opener with a unique opening or shape on the other end, it most likely has a purpose! These are all features that make bottle openers even more unique and useful.
How to Open a Bottle Without a Bottle Opener
Have you ever brought bottled beer to a friend’s house only to realize you don’t have a bottle opener? Next time you or someone you know forgets a bottle opener, you can use items around the house to pry open the cap. The countertop, a lighter, a key, and a belt buckle are all items you can use to open a bottle!
- Position the rim of the bottle cap on the corner of the countertop.
- Firmly hit down on the bottle cap with the palm of your hand.
- Gently pull the bottle down simultaneously.
DISCLAIMER: Not all countertops are created equal. Some may be less durable than others and result in potential damage using this method. Proceed at your own risk.
- Grip the neck of the bottle with your non-dominant hand.
- Wedge the end of a lighter under the rim of the bottle cap.
- Lift the lighter up as if you were using a real bottle opener.
DISCLAIMER: Do not use the end of the lighter that produces a flame to open the cap. Be mindful of avoiding damage to the lighter.
- Grip the neck of the bottle with your non-dominant hand.
- Place the point of the key under the rim of the cap while keeping the key flat.
- Gently twist the key upward to pry off the cap.
- Repeat until the cap comes loose.
TIP: This method also works with a flat-head screwdriver.
- Make sure the belt is not on your pants.
- Use the belt buckle like you would a normal bottle opener.
DISCLAIMER: Because all these methods are using items that are not for their intended purpose, it’s important to use caution to avoid any accident or injury.
What Can a Bottle Opener Do Besides Remove Bottle Caps?
A trusty bottle opener can be used for more than just prying off caps. Depending on the type of bottle opener you have on hand, you can use it to accomplish other tasks around the house!
Bottle openers can be used to:
If you’re doing some renovations and patching up a wall, you can use a bottle opener as a scraper to remove plaster. It can be especially useful for getting into small cracks or where the wall meets the ceiling. While it may not be a carpenter’s favorite tool, it still comes in handy if you don’t have another tool to use.
Grout can be stubborn to remove if you are fixing or replacing bathroom tiles. However, you can use a bottle opener with a sharp can opener end to dig up old grout. The pointed end fits perfectly between the tiles!
When you can’t seem to find a paring knife to peel shrimp, grab your bottle opener to help you with the job! The sharp end used to open cans is the perfect shape to de-vein shrimp. Use the bottle opener to simply cut a slit down the middle of the back side of the shrimp and remove the black vein before peeling.
Cut Packing Tape
When you receive a package in the mail, sometimes you just can’t contain your excitement to open it up. You can use a bottle opener to poke through and cut packing tape to open a package!
Depending on the thickness of your bottle opener, you can also use it as a flat head screwdriver. It might come in handy for quick projects or when you can’t find your tools!
If you find yourself with several bottle openers around the house, you can use them all for different tasks! Get creative with your extra bottle openers to find out what else you can use them for.
The Bottom Line
Bottle openers are used for opening beer and soda, but as you’ve seen, that isn’t all! They come in different shapes and sizes, and can be used for more than just prying off a cap. From collector’s items to everyday tools, bottle openers have uncapped potential!
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