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i had an idea...

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2001 12:00 am
by ruxton
erm hi this is the first time i've ever posted a new topic so bare with me

i had an idea the other day, i was sittin around with my friend and having a beer, i left my swiss army at home so i didn't have a bottle opener, we both had our spidies tho, i have a harpy he has a police. so we were thinking about how to open a bottle with one, i dunno what all the knife bits are called but we were thinking that u could use the little notch at the bottom of the blade when its closed to get the cap off. didn't quite fit tho but if u can put a little groove in it it might. i know its a knife not a bottle opener but it could be useful...

Edited by - ruxton on 7/31/2001 10:57:21 PM

Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2001 8:25 am
by Jeff/1911
Hmmmmmmm. Very interesting. I wonder if there's any good reason in terms of design and function that it couldn't be done.

I have used the base of the spine of my Native before. That seems to work well, although it does require twisting the knife a fair bit which could be hard on the pivot, I suppose.

I like your idea. - Jeff/1911.

Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2001 4:03 am
by sam the man..
Hmmmm... Interesting note! I actually succeeded in opening a beer bottle cap with my Spydewrench! *yeehaw!* <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle>


have spydies will travel

Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2001 2:24 pm
by stu

Interesting idea, I had never thougt of using that part of the blade.

Samo, where there's a will, there's a way.

Take care,


Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2001 12:53 pm
by sal
Hi Ruxton. elcome to the forum and thanx for the post. We have had a number of ELUs request a cap puller in a knife. One guy actually built one into the handle of his Delica...very nice job I might add. I don't think that I would use part the lock mechanism, for safety reasons. But, you do bring up an interesting topic.

So......let's talk about it. Who would want a cap opener built somewhere into the handle (or blade) of a closed knife and where would you put it?


Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2001 5:36 pm
by ruxton
hi ppl thank you for replying,
Quick questions... who is sal? do u work for/represent spyderco? and what is an ELU? as i said i'm new to the forum. i had another go i couldn't quite do it with my harpy and i don't wanna risk damaging my other knife (a CF civilian <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle>) but on the SS models i wouldn't think it could damage the knife, the only reason i mention it is that it is practically the right shape for it as it is. a special bit of the handle specifically designed to open bottles might detract from the overall looks of the knife, a tiny groove on a bit that no one can see when its open on the other hand would be unobtrusive and (to me neway) v. useful.

Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2001 6:42 pm
by vampyrewolf
ruxton> Sal IS Spyderco. He is the CEO of the company, and takes time out of his busy day to come to the forum and listen to us.

Sal> I like the idea I saw before with the cutout on the 'kick' behind the blade... Not sure what kind of stress that would put on the lock though...

(edited for the correct term, just remembered it...

We all start with 10 fingers. Those with Spydies have 9 to spare, Still need a thumb. Good thing I still have 8 to spare...

Edited by - vampyrewolf on 8/5/2001 8:30:15 PM

Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2001 7:02 pm
by ruxton
Wow, i'm lost for words, i had no idea you were the CEO, thank you for taking the time to post a reply, i'm a big spyderco fan. Earlier this year i went on holiday to America and bought a CF civilian, not many people in the UK have them i'll bet, your knives are of a quality that far surpasses all other brands and makes, thank you again.

Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2001 7:26 pm
by clipiteer
Sal, would it be possible to build some sort of opener into the clip? Then maybe offer these opener clips as accessories?

Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2001 2:56 pm
by Jazzman
how about a cap lifter near the base of the blade on the bottom like in the old "trick knives". I have used the one on my grandpa's old knife to open a bottle and it worked perfectly. The only thing that may be a problem is how it would affect the integrity and strength of the blade.
Great idea though,

Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2001 8:11 pm
by Turbo923
Hey, I'd go for it...maybe put it in a smaller knife like the Delica.

An honest man's pillow is his peace of mind

Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2001 8:35 pm
by sam the man..
Ummmm... adding a cap lifter somewhere on the Spydewrench oughtta be cool.. Sorta like having a Spydewrench Mark II or something like that..


have spydies will travel

Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2001 1:57 am
by Dav
Hehheh. :-) I've been using my daily carry to open Coronas for years... What's always puzzled me is why does the weak little aluminum cap scar the stainless steel of the casing. I guess it’s all just a forcearea problem.

I say leave the spydies as they are- beautiful and unmarred separation devices. Unless you’re making a model called the 'bar wench'. If you want a Swiss, buy a Swiss.


Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2001 1:56 pm
by yog
Mixing beer and Spydies ??
If it wasn't for the fact that the beer you yanks drink is like making love in a row boat I'd be worried <img src="smile.gif" width=15 height=15 align=middle>

Seriously, I agree with Dav, Spydies are a work of art, don't spoil them.

Edited by - yog on 8/6/2001 1:59:44 PM

Posted: Sat Aug 11, 2001 3:34 pm
by sal
Hi Ruxton, thanx for the kind words. I get here as often as I can, not as often as I'd like.

What would be best I think is some type of accessory that can be fastened to any model. The actual part that does the opening is only 1/4" consisting of a hook & lever.


Posted: Sat Aug 11, 2001 10:13 pm
by aero_student
What if it was attached via the lanyard hole?

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2001 1:37 pm
by ruxton
Hey ppl,
nice ideas, the clip could be modified so that it was bent over to have a kink in the middle fairly easily, i was thinking that you could screw in an attatchment in the lanyard hole to pivot out, i think there is something like that on a leatherman, the flair i think, the gold bit which swings out.
all i'm saying is it could be done but to be honest i wouldn't want one on my knife. it would destroy the overall look of the knife, the only reason i suggested is that its the right shape already.
P.S. to "yog" i am most definately NOT a yank

Edited by - ruxton on 8/13/2001 1:39:49 PM

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2001 3:42 pm
by yog
Yeah, I did notice.
But the joke wasn't as relavent without that ommition ;-))

Where in the UK are you ?

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2001 4:09 pm
by ruxton
Hey yog,
i live 'bout 50 miles from london. What knife have u got then?

Edited by - ruxton on 8/13/2001 4:17:57 PM

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2001 4:56 pm
by vampyrewolf
I saw this over on bladeforums...

Just use a bowie to open the bottle.

-start just above the label and slide up, real fast.
-the spine of the blade will connect with the lip of the bottle, actually blowing the cap off.

just don't try to drink from it after... ahh, blood... how am I gonna stick a bandaid on my lips?

there's pics in bladeforums from the guy who did this one... back in april or may I think...

We all start with 10 fingers. Those with Spydies have 9 to spare, Still need a thumb. Good thing I still have 8 to spare...