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5 Awesome Key-Chain Bottle Openers

Always be ready for a beer

Be able to enjoy your favorite beers anywhere. (Ben Herndon/TandemStock)
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Always be ready for a beer

We’re big fans of the multitool and the pocketknife, but another useful tool to keep handy is a bottle opener. We’ve found five bottle openers that are small enough to be unnoticeable on your key chain but so beautiful that you’ll look for an excuse to use them.

Handgrey MO.25 ($20)

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(Courtesy Handgrey)

Handgrey is a small design firm that focuses on minimalist hand tools. We have a soft spot for the MO.25, a sleek piece of titanium that has one purpose: open your beer. It’s designed to work in conjunction with your key-chain bundle, which acts as a handle to add leverage and keep the size of the tool to a minimum.  

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Gerber Shard ($7)

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(Courtesy Gerber)

This might be the tiniest multitool in your arsenal. Gerber fits seven tools on this sliver of stainless steel, but the most useful are the prybar, the flathead screwdriver, and the bottle opener. It’s tiny (2.75 inches) and lightweight (0.6 ounces), and it blends in seamlessly with your keys.

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Everyman Ballard Bottle Opener ($16)

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(Courtesy Everyman)

This svelte tube is minimalism at its finest. Just 0.6 ounces and 2.5 inches long, the Ballard is made from bomber stainless steel and has the kind of sleek lines that make you want to show it off to everyone at the party.

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James Brand Mehlville ($60)

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(Courtesy The James Brand)

The James Brand has made a name for itself by giving the pocketknife a thoughtful makeover. For the Mehlville, the company turned its attention to the utilitarian carabiner. It’s made from a single piece of aluminum, and the dual-compartment design makes the Mehlville the home for your everyday-carry necessities. A little notch near the center opens your beer.

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Pangea Designs Pickpocket Alpha ($23)

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(Courtesy Pangea Designs)

The Pickpocket Alpha opens your beer like the rest of them, but the beauty of this tool is the pocket clip, which allows you to hang your keys from the edge of your pocket so they don’t swim around in the bottom. It’s titanium, weighs just six grams, and will give your life a whole new level of organization.

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