Bev­er­age Lib­er­a­tors

Knives Illustrated - - Personal Defense -

I have to con­fess that I was first lured into Chris’s ta­ble by his wide ar­ray of beer open­ers.

I like beer. I like gad­gets. Chris has some neat gad­gets that open beer, so I was hooked. I just hap­pened to find some great knives while I was there, too. Chris sent along a va­ri­ety of open­ers with my test knives, in­clud­ing a trio of knuck­le­duster style Beerde­fend­ers, a Beer­acuda and a Beer­top. The Beerde­fend­ers are slick two-fin­ger mod­els that look good and work even bet­ter—at open­ing beer of course. I have a stain­less model that’s 0.375-inch thick and weighs in at al­most 3 ounces, and a pair of black an­odized alu­minum ones that are 0.25-in­cuc­thath­laicrgkeaon­pden­ing a feath­ery 0.6 ounce, which would work great on a key chain. While th­ese are great con­ver­sa­tion pieces, check your lo­cal laws be­fore pack­ing one of th­ese po­tent open­ers around town. The Beerde­fend­ers start at $40 for the alu­minum mod­els and go up for stain­less and ti­ta­nium ver­sions.

If you don’t think your lo­cal law en­force­ment bud­dies will ap­pre­ci­ate the Beerde­fender, there’s al­ways the Beer­acuda or the Beer­top to choose from. The Beer­acuda is an an­odized alu­minum or ti­ta­nium styl­ized fish opener with three hex head cutouts in the han­dle. Alu­minum is avail­able in sil­ver or black and ti­ta­nium can be an­odized in blue, bronze, pur­ple, green or straw. Alu­minum Beer­acu­das go for $40 and ti­ta­nium mod­els for $100. The Beer­top is a six spoked star with each spoke hav­ing a beer open­ing end, cen­tered around a cen­tral steel ball bear­ing that al­lows the top to spin on the ta­ble or bar top. It’s mes­mer­iz­ing to watch af­ter a few beers and if you mark one of the spokes it can be used to ran­domly point out who’s buy­ing the next round. Beer­tops are made from ti­ta­nium and can be an­odized in blue, bronze, pur­ple, green or straw and sell for $50. with the prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, gained in the SOF com­mu­nity, that helps max­i­mize func­tion with­out sac­ri­fic­ing the de­sign touches that make his pieces in­ter­est­ing and unique. If you’re a fan of fixed blade EDC you owe your­self the time to check out the Wilmont K25 and Ul­tra­light Necker—as well as Chris’s other de­signs. And if you’re a fan of adult bev­er­ages, you might want to pick up a nifty bot­tle open­ing com­pan­ion piece while you’re there. KI

Right: The slightly toothy edge of the K25 eas­ily sliced through this thick phone book with very lit­tle ef­fort.

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