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Review: Wera Bottle Opener

Toby Roworth

Oct 29, 2018

For many years I've been using my trusty Leatherman Wave to open bottles. The bottle opener isn't the best, but does the job. More recently, however, I've been drinking beer when my belt's in the other room, which makes for a long walk to get my beer open.
Knowing I had friends visiting, I needed a proper bottle opener and, seeing Wera made one, I made the purchase pretty quickly.

Wera's tools tend to be well thought out. There are better tools available, but few are packaged with as much though, and few have as many features. Before moving out to Florida I nearly bought a new set of screwdrivers, and Wera were high up the list, along with Felo. However, I could never justify the cost so, other than two sets of L-keys/Allen-keys (one hex, the other Torx), I don't actually own any of Wera's tools - until now.
Their Kraftform handles are very comfortable to use, so make sense on a bottle opener. The silicone over-moulding is a nice touch, adding grip without making the surface any less smooth, aiding comfort. Having looked at a very good checklist on handle design, this is a reasonable handle, although the contoured ridges may not be ideal for long-term use.
The business end is very sturdy, cast or forged rather than stamped, like cheaper bottle openers, which gives a thick profile, enhancing strength. The satin finish looks and feels great, but as it's either a paint or a lacquer, it is showing signs of use already.
The shape of the opener itself works really well, the slight curve to the fulcrum doing less damage to the bottle top than sharper designs. The shape opens every bottle first time, despite sloppy positioning.
Overall, this is a good bottle opener, and would be especially at home in a workshop or man-cave. Not that I would condone drinking whilst in a workshop.
The opener is also available with a VDE-style grip. However, the product listing made clear that this tools was nit suitable for use with live equipment, which seems to defeat the point of it being VDE. As such, I went for the standard green version, and would recommend you do the same - that last thing you want it to open a 1000 V bottle only to get a shock when you're not expecting it. I actually think this was quite irresponsible of Wera - there is an expectation for those red and yellow-handled tools to be safe, and that rule has been broken, a cardinal sin in design.