Leather wrapped handles provide an aesthetically pleasing and comfortable handle that compliments the forged bottle opener perfectly. Add to that the near limitless design possibilities that can be achieved through stamping and tooling as well as the dozens of colors available in leather dyes and this bottle opener also becomes the most customized opener available.
Each leather handle wrap is made from a single piece of vegetable tanned leather tooled and dyed to customer specifications before being sealed against water and buffed to glossy shine. The leather wrap is attached to the opener by tanners cement to keep the wrap from sliding as well as cross-stitching at the seam.
Cross-stitching requires the leather to be cut to size and squared perfectly so that the edges meet with no gaps and the wrap is tight when the stitches are finished, this type of wrap requires extra time and patience but when done correctly creates a wrap with a uniform thickness and no overlaps or gaps.
Bottle Opener Forging Process:
Forged from a single piece of 3/16″ thick x 1″ wide mild steel. After forging the bottle openers are tumbled with abrasive media to remove loose mill scale and enhance the aged/worn appearance of the opener. After tumbling and cleaning, each piece is heated to around 200 degrees Fahrenheit and then brushed with a classic blacksmiths finish comprised of beeswax and boiled linseed oil. The pieces are buffed and heated again before the final coat of pure beeswax is melted over the piece, once they are cooled to room temperature the wax coat is buffed to remove excess wax and provide a smooth finish. The advantages of the two part finish is that the initial coat penetrates deeper into the steel than beeswax alone, this is further aided by heating the steel, and by having the final coat be pure beeswax the finish is non-toxic and smells faintly of honey. Beeswax finishes are often used on utensils like skewers and meat forks because they are safe to eat off of. With regular use this finish should last almost forever, however if at anytime the opener starts rusting, simply buff the rust off with a fine grade of steel wool and apply wax to reseal. Beeswax is preferred but a paste wax such as carnuba can also be used.