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In my Christmas stocking last year I was really pleased to recieve, as one of my presents from my other half, a SUCK UK Bottle Opener. I love things like this as I am a real gadget freak, or so I am told.
This can be bought from lots of online shops at about five pounds, so I think that it great value for money. It is actually a neat little bottle opener but it is in the shape of a key. The end of the key is very cleverly shaped into a bottle opener so you can use it, as I personally do, to open my bottle of beer on a night in front of the telly and when we have friends round for barbeques.
You will probably never lose it, even though it is quite small, because the idea is that you use it on your keyring. Well, actually the key-bottle opener comes on its own key ring with a small fabric tag with the name SUCK UK printed on it in bold letters.
The only problem I personally find with this is that I hold a lot of keys on my fob so when I use the bottle opener, the keys tend to get a bit jammed up and in the way and it can be a bit awkward trying to use it.
Because it is on my keyring, I obviously take it everywhere with me, including work, to the shops, family days out, etc., so we know we'd never get caught out if we needed to open a bottle.
It is very robust and hard wearing and is made of toughened stainless steel.
Personally, I love it. It's a great novelty idea and I would really recommend it.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
There were quite a few occasions over the past year where the family and I have been to a BBQ or a picnic somewhere and suddenly found ourselves without a bottle opener to take the caps off of the beer bottles. Attempts to twist the cap off with your teeth never prove to a wise thing (long story, but dental repair work afterwards did prove to be very expensive!!), and various table and chair edges have been destroyed through our unsuccessful attempts to remove the cap. So when someone gave me this Suck UK Key Bottle Opener as a present, I thought, yes thanks, but probably just another gimmick. How wrong was I, because this key thingy has now taken up permanent residence on my car key ring.
At first sight, this item looks just like any other household key that you would have on your key ring. Costing around the £3 mark from Amazon, the key comes complete with its own split key ring, also to which is attached a red fabric 'Suck UK' logo label tag. Whilst overall looking stylish, I personally just removed the key from the key ring and fabric tag ensemble and attached it to my car key ring, where it looks very much like any other key, being the same size and shape. It is made from nickel plated hardened steel, so shouldn't really suffer from any damage or rust, hence ensuring that it will still look new and shiny for quite a while.
What's it like to use? To be honest pretty good and solid, although being so small, there is a bit of a knack to doing it right, which does take a little practice to perfect. For me, I find that I push my thumb on to the back of the head of the key to hold it steady on the bottle cap, and then lever up the shaft of the key with my first 2 fingers to remove the cap. My personal technique that works for me, but once you get to grips with your own technique, it is easy to use. So far, it has never failed me, more often than not managing to remove the cap first time on each occasion.
Interestingly, for such a cheap gadget, I was half expecting it to become worn and unusable very quickly, particularly on the edge that catches under the bottle top. But after quite a lot of use through the spring and summer months, this hasn't proved to be the case. The edges of the key are still good, with no signs of failure or wear. Also of note, after many months of use, the nickel plating is still in tact and still looks like new, despite the key being rattled against my other keys on the key ring
In summary, whilst I initially thought that this would just be another novelty gadget, it has in fact proved to be a very useful little device, and, as I said, it now has a permanent residency on my key ring. So in my opinion, for only £3, this was an absolute bargain, and hence fully deserves a 5* recommendation.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
I bought this for Mark from play.com last year and have since bought one for myself as I can never find the bottle opener in this house so it's handy to know I've got one on my keys if all else fails!
It's the size and shape of a Chubb lock key and can either be attached to the rest of your keys with its own special little ring, or you can take that off and thread your main keyring through the hole to make it even more like a normal key. It even has its own keyring attached in the form of a red canvas strip printed with the Suck logo.
It's an effective shape for camouflage purposes but also performs well. You use the business end of the 'key' to open the bottle and it's a perfect size to fit any bottle top I've thrown at it; between us we've opened beer, stera milk (for Mark's mum, not me!), traditional glass coke bottles, Magners and even a strange bottle of Olive Oil that had one of these types of tops.
The hook grips the bottom of the metal lid and the sharp edge cracks the top easily, it's actually stronger than it looks as the shaft of the keyring adds leverage that isn't there with more shaped bottle openers.
With Chrimbo coming I'd highly recommend this as a stocking filler or Secret Santa gift, it's one of those useful novelties that most people love.
There have been countless times in the past when i've required a bottle opener but not had one to hand - nowadays however, i'm fully equipped for any beer-opening eventuality. There are plenty of keyring bottle openers on the market, but I wanted one which was a little out of the ordinary. Suck UK's Key Bottle Opener fitted perfectly into my criteria, as it's disguised [...can you guess...?] as a house key.
There are a couple of advantages to having a key-shaped bottle opener on your keyring - firstly, it's small and unobtrusive, and secondly, it won't give the game away that you may indeed be a complete alcoholic (not that I am of course).
Price & Additions
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Costing only £3.45 from amazon, the key bottle opener is made from a tough metal which should last a lifetime with sensible use. The product comes complete with a red fabric tag featuring the Suck UK logo - but I took this off before adding the opener to my keys. The handy device won't add too much weight to your pocket as not only does it look like a key, but it weighs the same as one also.
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So how does the key bottle opener perform? Well, it's pretty good to be honest. I say 'pretty good' rather than 'excellent' because there are times when i've found the product to be a little fiddly. Don't get me wrong, most of the time it's fine - it's just that during those evening barbecues when the hands have been frozen to the point of limited movement, this type of opener takes a little more effort!
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Overall, Suck UK's Key Bottle opener is a great little device which no responsible adult should be without - Its ingenious disguise will mean that your fondness for the ol' moonshine will go unnoticed. Whilst the product is a little tougher to use than the classic design, it still warrants a recommendation!
Its not long until Christmas now so last night I was browsing on-line for Christmas presents, I checked my favourite on-line gadget shop www.suck.uk.com in my opinion its the best gadget shop about and have such quirky and practical gadgets. I bought a few stocking fillers last night for my husband. I have bought of them several times this year and delivery is always quick. Last Christmas I bought hubby the Suck UK Key Bottle Opener.
The Suck UK Key Bottle Opener cost £5.00 which is not bad as we have had so much use out of it! Other gadget shops do a similar key bottle opener for around the same price.
The bottle opener came In a black cardboard box with white text stating it was a bottle opener. It was displayed nicely in the box and made a perfect gift. The bottle opener is basically an average silver metal house door key, its the same size as a key and has grooves in the key that you use to open the bottle with. It came attacked to a key ring and had a red suck UK banner on it, this was to remember what key was the bottle opener.
My husband loved his Christmas gift and now has the key ring attached to his car keys, he loves beer and has had plenty of use out of his key bottle opener. Its excellent in opening bottles without much effort and is comfortable to grip the key when opening bottles. Its easy to use basically you have to place the key at a slight tilt over the bottle cap hooking the grooved edge under the bottle cap and pull back, The cap comes off first try every time.
We had one incident when we came home from a night out and my hubby was a little pissed and tried to open our front door with the bottle opener key! Its more than just a novelty gift its practical and we use it when we are in the house too or at bbq's. It really has came in handy and for under a fiver it would make a ideal present. Its hard wearing and has no signs of wear or tear yet, I will be buying another one this year for my brothers Christmas present.
My boyfriend and I attended a garden party over the summer. We were both drinking delicious ice cold bottles of corona. However, as is the case with most gatherings when alcohol is present, the bottle opener gets moved and as people gradually become more intoxicated, no body can remember where it was put! It is a nightmare running round with a beer that you can't get to!
I wasn't necessarily looking for this product but when I saw it, I thought it would be a perfect stocking filler for my Other half! He loves gadgets and knew he would be thrilled with it. I bought it for £3.80 from an online shop and thought that it a good price to pay for such a fun little idea.
The bottle opener looks just like a key and on your key ring it fits right in as it is the same size as a key! The end that would be used to open a lock is shaped so that it can pop bottle tops off. The other end is attached on a ring so you can attach it to the rest of your keys. It is made from hardened steel which makes it robust and durable. It comes boxed so it is easy to wrap up.
I find the product really easy to use. Some times the bunch of keys do get in the way as you try and leaver the top off but this is expected.
I have a female friend who has one of these and finds it especially useful when she goes out on nights out. She says she can carry more bottles of beer back from the bar as she doesn't have to worry about spilling them everywhere! She can them open them safely at the table!
This is a novel little idea and my boyfriend loved it, putting it on his key ring straight away. He loves showing off at parties with it. It's discreet, away in his pocket and always on him for when he needs it!
Before I bought anything from Suck UK i had been aware of the brand for a little while. Their innovative and unique ideas, there is something for everyone if you take a look on their website you will see what I mean. Suck UK is a great place to turn to if you are looking for a gift idea - similar to The Gadget Shop. I found the Key Bottle Opener on their website and just knew it would come in handy one day and be a talking point among friends. The design of the bottle opener is such that it looks like every other key on your chain. You can remove the bright red Suck UK band from the keyring and attach it to your keys as you would any other key. They, when you need a bottle opener you can impress your friends at your ability to open it with a 'standard' house key. Obviously it isn't a real house key, but they won't know that unless you tell them.
The bottle opener has 'Suck UK' written at the top of the key, so you won't get it mixed up with your house key when you get home, and the bottle opener is well designed so you can get enough leverage to be able to open a bottle easily. The product comes packaged in that awful hard moulded plastic - the type you struggle to get into even using scissors! Another downside other than this unenvironmentally friendly packaging is the price tag. At £7.50 it is a little on the expensive side - for £3 or £4 it would certainly be a lot more attractive. That said, the design is such that it will trick your friends and I think on balance it is worthwhile paying the price in order to gain another party trick!
The price will put a lot of people off, but as a small gift for a birthday then I would say it is worthwhile. We all know somebody that is really hard to buy presents for or someone that has got everything! www.suck.uk.com has something for these kinds of people.
Imagine my surprise when, thinking of something to review other than the usual film or comic book that I'm most definitely obsessed with, I had a look to see if this was on here and realised that it was! It seemed the most random thing, and I never would have thought it would have appeared on here as a reviewable gadget, but lo and behold, here it is.
If you're stuck for something to buy for someone, or just want something quirky yet extremely practical, then you need look no further. It really is a simple thing, but its usefulness knows no bounds and whoever created it (obviously it's Suck UK, but I mean that actual person!) deserves a pat on the back.
Essentially, all this does is open bottles, but it's the clever design that makes this unique. I've had plenty of bottle openers that fit onto key rings before, whether it be as freebies from suppliers keen to make you buy more products or as a quirky key ring novelty item. None that I know of, though, have ever thought of making a key that opens bottles. It comes attached to the Suck 'fob' and tag, but these are easy enough to take off, leaving you with just a key, which fits easily onto your keyring without sticking out.
Shaped like a normal key, the only difference is in the teeth. These are jaggedly designed in order to open a bottle, with the end tooth hooked in to grip under the lid and the top tooth in just the right place to dig into the top of the lid and provide the necessary leverage to open the bottle with. To start with, it feels a bit weird, especially if you're used to either bigger bottle openers or the traditional flatter ones that are often freebies (I'm thinking the flat Stella Artois ones, smaller than a credit card, gap for opening the bottles with). The fact that you need to have it on its edge to open the bottle means applying the leverage onto the narrower part of the end of the key. However, this is still quite rounded, and so unless you're opening dozens of bottles at a time, it's not going to be awkward or hurt you in any way.
The beauty of this is that you can just have it with you as a natural matter of course, keeping it with your keys. It saves having to cart a bottle opener into the front room from the kitchen if you bring a few, or if you're settled down with a few unopened bottles and want to be able to open it quickly or handily. Similarly, if someone asks you if you have a bottle opener, while you're out, for example, just having it there is also quite handy. I've been in this situation a number of times before, although not with this particular bottle opener. I can't wait for someone to ask me and for me to just nonchalantly open it with one of my keys. I wonder if people would actually start thinking their own keys would do the same?!
This clever little thing is available from amazon for around the £5 mark, and I this is probably fair value. It's a novelty item that's a very handy gadget, and it's not cumbersome in the slightest, or at least no more than having an extra key on your keyring is. If carrying keys is something you have to do anyway, then this is a great little addition to have. I highly recommend it. It gets the job done, and is unobtrusive and a talking point.
The simplest of ideas are often the most useful, the littlest of things can cause annoyance I find and without the proper tool for the job a task which should be the easiest thing to do can end up being virtually impossible. Take opening a bottle for example, I'm sure the majority of the readers of this review will have in their kitchen some sort of bottle opener at home be it on the end of a corkscrew or tin opener, perhaps like me you have a magnetic one which is stuck to your fridge, in any case how handy are they? you just fancy a bottle of water or beer, reach for one out of your fridge and grab your bottle opener and a second later job done. Easy, yet the simplest little thing and something you don't particualrly notice until your bottle opener breaks or becomes damaged.
I have found in the past that over time bottle openers tend to lose their grip or become that overused that they slip off the cap of a bottle and often end catching my knuckles at the same time yet I will struggle on with what I have never really considering replacing with something new. It was fortunate therefore when amongst the stocking filler presents I received for Christmas last year this Suck UK Key bottle opener was included and as I mentioned in the first line of this review, the simplest of ideas are often the most useful as this would prove itself to be.
Packaged in a small, rectangular box the Suck UK Key bottle opener is simply that; a bottle opener in the shape of a key. It is designed to fix onto a keyring and therefore be at hand whenever it is needed but doesn't look out of place or as if it doesn't belong. The 'teeth' of the key have been cut at such a shape so that they fit onto the top and under the lip of a bottle-cap and using the same force as you would with any other bottle opener you simply pull the key up and off comes the cap of whatever it is you are trying to get into. Made from a toughened silver metal this is a robust little gadget which serves the purpose it was intended for, the good thing about it is that it is discreet and easy to keep to hand if you are ever in the position where you need to open a bottle and would certainly be useful if you were out and about on a day trip or night out.
The bottle opener comes complete with its own keyring and Suck UK fabric tag, I removed both of these from mine and simply added the key to my existing house keys where it now sits and unlike other bottle openers I know exactly where mine is so no more rooting though drawers or at the back of cupboards when I want to find and use it. The main thing anyone would want to know about a bottle opener is whether or not it works and this one does, it is relatively cheap to buy, easy to store when not in use and should appeal to anyone who likes gifts which are out of the ordinary.
Mine cost around a fiver from amazon.co.uk where it is still available to buy but looking on-line it would appear that there are plenty of places you can pick this up from. As far as my rating goes, the bottle opener works so that's the main thing and like 'normal' keys seems to be built strongly enough to withstand plenty of use. I couldn't imagine that it would snap or lose any of its grip any time soon so definitely appears to be built to last so on that basis along with just how handy it actually is I would have no hesitation in awarding a full, five star rating.
Thanks for reading my review.