Eagle Cap-Off Mechanical Bottle Opener

Eagle Cap-Off Mechanical Bottle Opener

Eagle Cap-Off Mechanical Bottle Opener

Eagle Cap-Off Mechanical Bottle OpenerNormally, I wouldn’t take the time to write an entire article focused on an obscure piece of kitchen gadgetry from nearly 70 years ago.  However, this is one bar tool that is too cool not to devote an entire page to.   Devised in the mid to late 1940’s by the Eagle Lock Company hailing from Chicago, the Patent Pending Eagle Cap-Off Mechanical Bottle Opener is a true work of genius that unfortunately and shamefully never became the status quo for the typical bottle opening consumer.   For reasons I can’t understand, the Eagle’s design never saw commercial success, but thankfully it didn’t completely disappear into obscurity.  Eagle Cap-Off Mechanical Bottle OpenerFeatured in a Popular Science article circa September 1947, the Eagle Mechanical Bottle Opener is an extraordinarily complex device that could not be simpler to operate.  With a simple squeeze off the levers the Eagle pulls upwards around the crimped edges of your favorite bottle of suds making a signature, and extraordinary silent pop, that leaves a small round indention in the center of the bottle’s cap.  The hood of the Eagle then retains the cap rather than simply shooting it across the room or in my case, more often than not, down the small separation between my counter and fridge never to be seen again.   If Da Vinci had been in need of a bottle opener, I imagine that this is what he would have designed.  Having tried this device while visiting my family last Christmas, I fell in love with this remarkable piece of mechanical ingenuity and thankfully, I was fortunate enough to receive one for my birthday.  Eagle Cap-Off Mechanical Bottle OpenerAlthough these devices were very limited in production and never became a commercial success, luckily they aren’t impossible to come across.  After checking out recent EBay auctions, I found a couple Eagle Cap-Off’s, although in far worse condition than my own(mostly rusted, but functional), for anywhere between $20 and $60 dollars.  I know it sounds like a lot for a vintage bottle opener, but the Eagle Cap-Off  is so unique and exquisitely functional, it’s absolutely worth it.

4 Comments

  1. john May 30, 2014 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    the eagle lock co was founded in terryville ct it later built a plant in ohio

  2. Matt McGarrity October 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Jason,

    I am re-launching the Eagle Cap-Off bottle opener that you wrote about in 2013. We are going to launch a kickstarter campaign in Oct/Nov 2015. Your article was part of our inspiration to do so. I would love to have the chance to bring you up to speed on what we are doing. Maybe there is an opportunity for a supplemental story.

    Regards,

    Matt

  3. Matt McGarrity November 15, 2015 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Jason,
    I sent you a comment once before about The Cap-Off story that you wrote. I am working to bring this product back to life. Please check out our live Kickstarter campaign. We are 56% to Goal in just a few days. There is no doubt that we will meet the goal and get this product back into production.

    http://kck.st/1LahfSY

    Matt

  4. tim November 21, 2015 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Search Kickstarter. There’s a couple of guys trying to revive this wonderful gadget. They expect to be shipping by summer 2016.

    Fyi, eBay prices for original Cap-Offs in good condition are now as high as $225. The reproductions will sell for $58.

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