Iron Wedge

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This small iron bottle opener is simple and effective. Made from 100% recycled iron by the fine people at Borough Furnace, this little opener is a gem. Its wedge shape fits great and the weight feels strong and comfortable in your hand. I find the opener needs a little heft to quickly pop a cap. This opener weighs in at about 6.5 oz (175g) which creates a nice balance for its size. It routinely pops a cap cleanly on the first try and thus earns a spot in the silverware drawer when I’m home, and the back pocket when I’m out.

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Borough Furnace is a casting workshop located in Syracuse, NY. They recycle scrap iron and cast skillets and bottle openers using custom casting tools. They fuel their furnace using old fryer grease to further conserve resources and materials. They do everything by hand in small batches to ensure quality.

Just as they do with their skillets, Borough Furnace has seasoned their opener with organic flax seed oil to seal the iron and protect it from rust. According to the manufacturer, the raw iron just out of the furnace is very vulnerable – it can rust just from the salt and moisture in your skin. Some iron openers are sealed with paint instead, but the look of the flax seed oil is a better fit for this opener. The finished product both looks and works great.

A cheaper Zamak version is also available, made of zinc-aluminum alloy which is about 33% lighter.


Does it open? Yes, with efficiency and style. This opener is nice and heavy and perfectly sized to do the job. I love it.

Can it do anything else? It’s perfect hand size for breaking down blocks of ice or flinging around the house like a ninja throwing star.

Overall rating: 5 Stars (5 / 5). This opener is one of my favorites and has earned a permanent home in the kitchen drawer.

References: Borough Furnace

Category: Bottle Openers

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