Hand Forged Bottle Opener
My most recent project in the forge, and my favorite of all projects, is this bottle opener.
This is my favorite project to date because it tested my abilities on evenly tapering the square stock without any of it folding over or dimpling. This project was made from 6 inch long, ⅜ inch square stock. By the time the taper was complete, the steel was about 8 inches long.
After tapering, I folded over the end back onto itself and then bent the tip back over to create the gap that is about the thickness of a bottle cap.
Once that was complete, I heated up the handle portion in the forge and stuck it in the vice for a nice twisting. The twisting on this particular piece does not look even in size because of the tapering. It adds more character.
Clean it up with a wire wheel and it is done.