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Sometimes when you open a beer, you just don't want to have to share it with your friends. Sometimes, your friends are terribly insistent. In those situations, a BDT is just the tool you need. Forged from a reclaimed railroad spike, it'll open your beer with great ease and style, it has a great heft to it, and it's sure to keep your friends at bay. Of course, it also serves incredibly well to give as a gift TO your friends, who will surely appreciate your aesthetic eye.

Ordering from this set will get you a bottle opener that twists along its handle, and has a very definite point on the end. If you'd like to specify between one that goes to the left or the right, please include a note with your order.

I recovered these spikes while walking the train tracks near my home. Over time, they come free from their rightful place in the ties, and they lie there, absorbing weather and building character. I bring them back to my shop, heat them until they glow bright orange, and hammer the bejesus out of them. From many such forging operations, the churchkey is born. I brush it to remove the fire scale, and whatever rust remains from its time on the tracks. In the end, we're left with this great tool that shows a great deal of its rusty history in the pockmarks on its surface.

Now, these spikes are ready to find their way into your home, behind your bar, into that weird drawer in your kitchen where everything's all tangled up.


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Benjamin Westbrook

Beer Defense Tools - Pointy Churchkeys Forged from Railroad Spikes


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: steel, iron, carbon, linseed oil
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 871 reviews
  • Favorited by: 55 people