Product: Bottle Opener
combination key blank / bottle opener   (+2, -1)  [vote for, against]
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I was reading about a bottle opener in the shape of a key [see link.]

This really doesn't have to be a separate key. There are key blanks in colors, key blanks with little patterns in them; there's no reason there couldn't be some that have a bottle-opening shape cut into either the thin part or the head.

Alternatively, this could be sold as a special template to locksmiths for use with their own cutting equipment, allowing them to turn almost any conventional house key into a better bottle opener.
-- jutta, Mar 29 2004

(?) key-shaped bottle opener
[jutta, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

(??) another key-shaped bottle opener http://www.geocitie...ery/bottle-key.html
Extruded aluminium, isn't really a key at all. [Laughs Last, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

(?) Design Contest Finalist http://www.designbo...m/beck_s/737_2.html
Another approach to the idea from the other end. [jurist, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

If you lost your keys, you'd be locked out of your house *and* beer. A greater incentive for me to remember them, I guess, but you'd want to make sure they're not easily bent or broken.
-- Detly, Mar 29 2004

[UB] But *proper* beer drinkers don't need a bottle opener at all. Use a lighter, spoon, knife, another bottle....etc.etc.
-- squeak, Mar 30 2004

All those teeth, wasted+
-- theircompetitor, Mar 30 2004

Yeah, [Delty], sounds easily bent, but if it is designed like the one in the link, the key will be used on its wider axis, easily resisting most bending. And if you suddenly lose your key, you can run to the locksmith and say "make me one like these dents in my fingers."
-- oxen crossing, Mar 30 2004

Wait a minute, this isn't the key to the city!
-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Mar 30 2004

It will be in a few hours, though..
-- Mr Burns, Mar 30 2004

My dear friend uses his wedding ring for a bottle opener. The same friend refers to his beloved crowbar as HIS "key to the city." Maybe the HB needs a "Beer Gadget" section. [+]
-- Letsbuildafort, Mar 30 2004

Bottle-openers like that key-shaped one or the similar style on a penknife are horrible to use, taking multiple applications to force the top off - if it comes at all. For fast and efficient bottle-opening you need a wide flange to go under the lid and a proper handle. Or a metal countertop. This idea might work as a novelty, but for serious beer drinkers it would just be an annoyance.

Also, wouldn't they snag on your clothes (assuming you keep keys in your pocket)?
-- kropotkin, Mar 30 2004

You can open a bottle with a regular key (though it's a bit tricky until you get the hang of it). Of course, you can also do it with your teeth, although your dentist almost certainly wouldn't approve.
-- DrCurry, Mar 30 2004

[kropotkin], it's not hard at all. You just need a good opener.
-- oxen crossing, Mar 30 2004

I wouldn't think the average key length would give you the leverage needed to pop the top.
-- lintkeeper2, Mar 30 2004

[UB], I must respectfully disagree. Only about half seem to have twist off tops around here.
-- oxen crossing, Mar 30 2004

Only cheap beers have twist off caps..

Why don't you just break the top off on the counter like a real man? Mmm.. crunchy..
-- Mr Burns, Mar 30 2004

I have a bottle opener in the shape of a key, somewhere. Well, it isn't really a key, it is a one centimeter long aluminium extrusion in a key-like shape. I'll see if I can scrounge it up and slap it onto my flatbed scanner...

[later] see link. I got this as a take-away gift from an extrusion plant promotional tour. Not the same idea, I must just like bragging that I got mine.
-- Laughs Last, Mar 31 2004

You could open a church door with one, finally.
-- waugsqueke, Mar 31 2004

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