I’m trying to catch up with some of the items I have promised to forge for my friends and acquaintances. The only thing I tell someone that asks for a particular item is “Don’t nag me!” After all, blacksmithing is a hobby for me…not a job. Eventually, though, I get around to making what they have requested and their patience is rewarded with a one-of-a-kind hand forged item, warts and all! Case in point: a friend asked me to forge him a couple bottle openers. That was what…two years ago?! Well, this week it finally warmed up enough to get out in the shop so I decided to give the bottle openers a try:

20140320-202501.jpg The one on the left was forged from a piece of 1/2 x 1/4 inch mild steel shearing, while the one on the right was wrought from a length of 1/2 inch rebar. The business end of the one on the left looks thus:

20140320-203015.jpg …while the handle is forged as a stylized ram’s head:

20140320-203149.jpg The one forged from rebar has a more traditional opener end:

20140320-203317.jpg …and its handle is a knot of sorts, tied in steel:

These are the first bottle openers I have ever forged…I hope they work! Thanks for looking…bart