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.