Bottle Opener

Design Without Waste

When Matthew Bietz designs furniture and metalwork, he doesn’t just think about the final product. He carefully plots how his pieces will be constructed and devises ways to make use of the fabrication scraps. When he’s making his GiddyUp stool, for instance, Matthew starts with a single sheet of laser-cut steel for the base of the stool, then he uses the cutouts to create shelf brackets. When he cuts slots into the shelf brackets, he’s left with 5-inch strips of steel. Instead of going to the scrap heap, these steel strips get turned into sleek bottle openers that give you “leverage over your beverage,” as he puts it. From one piece of steel, Matthew creates three products and no leftovers.

Zero waste is a key tenant of Quartertwenty, the design and construction firm Matthew founded in Portland, Ore. His Knucklehead bottle openers are simple with a minimalist style, yet strong enough to latch onto a bottle cap and pry it off with one quick pull. The powder-coated steel is incredibly durable, too, so it’ll hold up for many rounds of fun.

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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Matthew

    Hi Daily Grommet, This is Matthew Bietz, designer and founder of Quartertwenty. We strive to produce clean simple designs that are timeless and intuitive. The Knucklehead is a minimalist yet muscular bottle opener that is derived from the leftover material when we make our Giddyup stool. I look forward to answering any questions you might have....Cheers!

  • Lisa Monahan
    Lisa Monahan
    2/2/2012 1:25 PM

    gorgeous - bravo!

  • elaine
    2/2/2012 1:28 PM

    so you are saying he is selling SCTAP otherwise know as JUNK to consumers for $28 plus tax and shipping.

    sounds like a rip off to me!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    2/2/2012 1:44 PM

    @elaine: Ouch! We found Matt's story of US manufacture, intelligent zero-waste design, and creating products that last for generations pretty darn compelling. Much of our community wants us to provide responsible and smart alternatives to mindless throwaway products. Those products with no visible company, innovation, or story behind them. When you support Matt you know exactly what he stands for. Not supporting him is fine too--if your priorities don't align with his story. Surely we don't expect every Grommet to work for you.

  • Ben
    2/2/2012 2:31 PM

    @elaine: It's a great idea to take what once was junk and return it to something useful. It's also no easy trick to do it in a way that works. $28 seems completely reasonable to me, particularly since it means saving some resources.

  • Nancy D
    Nancy D
    2/2/2012 1:45 PM

    Great idea to recycle the scraps -- but jiminy (!) the price is too high for a dang bottle opener...doncha think?? nd

  • Jocelyn
    2/2/2012 2:24 PM

    I agree, it is nice that he plans all his pieces out but $28 is a pricey.

  • Leslie D
    Leslie D
    2/2/2012 2:26 PM

    @Nancy D: Have to agree, especially since the opener didn't come with a case that needs opening.

  • Deb
    2/2/2012 2:03 PM

    $28 for bottle opening? He has delusions of grandeur, I'm afraid.

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    2/2/2012 2:56 PM

    When you hold this Knucklehead in your hand you can feel right away how solid it is. I view this as a beautifully designed opener that I will have forever. The more we learned about Matt and how he is committed to zero waste creations, the more attractive the bottle opener became.

  • Matthew
    Matthew – Special Guest
    2/2/2012 3:01 PM

    Perhaps I should explain the 'scrap' issue in more detail - this is not a piece of junk steel that we pick up off the floor and turn into a bottle opener. What we are doing is utilizing material that would otherwise be wasted in the manufacturing process of making our furniture pieces. The bottle opener is still cut from solid steel with a laser, polished and bent by hand, powder coated with an automotive grade baked enamel finish, and packaged in a custom handmade gift box and is made entirely in Portland, Oregon from start to finish. I agree that 28.00 is expensive for a bottle opener, but this is a well designed handmade kitchen tool that is meant to last for years, not a stamped piece of sheet metal from overseas. Packaging and shipping is included in the price and anyone who purchases one and does not believe that it is worth the price, You can return it immediately free of charge.

  • Polly~
    2/3/2012 11:39 AM

    @Matthew Bietz: This is more than a beautiful kitchen tool, it is a work of art, and as such, worth $28. Bravo!

  • Lynn
    2/2/2012 3:18 PM

    A Knucklehead along with your favorite Ale would make a very classy gift. An extravagance for sure, but very appealing.

  • Maryetta Jacques-Bietz
    Maryetta Jacques-Bietz
    2/2/2012 3:34 PM

    Hello Daily Grommet and everyone who has taken the time to comment.

    I should say I am the "other half" of Quartertwenty and Matt's other half as well. We are truly excited and grateful to be featured here on this great site. And I appreciate the supportive and thoughtful comments on our bottle opener. I would like to follow up on some of the concerns of our price point, as it unfortunately seems to be an issue.

    I would really love to say we are getting rich off our opener (no, really- I would LOVE to say that), however the reality is that making something thoughtfully takes real time and expense on our part. Each bottle opener is carefully laser jet cut, then hand cleaned, polished, bent and finished by us personally. The openers that we send out for powder coating (as we don't yet have the means to do that in our shop) are wonderfully done by a small, local company where we know the people there by first name and feel good about supporting their business. We also created and make our own packaging and happily pay for the shipping.

    I know as a shopper it's hard to see the big picture behind a single product- that the profits may go in many pockets- and that's a good thing. We are proud to support and be supported by the small retailers and businesses like Daily Grommet who carry and sell our opener and are grateful for being able to eek out a living doing what we love and believe in.

    And in the end, our openers are made to last- people will be able to enjoy many a beverage for many of years!

    Thanks again,


  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/2/2012 4:36 PM

    @Maryetta Jacques-Bietz: Maryetta, it's nice to meet Matt's other half! Welcome. Your beautiful bottle openers are selling (orange is the top color!) so the price isn't a barrier for all even though it may sound like it if you only read the message board. Thanks for stopping by today, we love meeting the people behind a product.

  • Ann
    2/3/2012 11:03 AM

    Love the design and look of this product. Does the black opener have a powder coating also? From the photo it looks like it doesn't.

  • Matthew
    Matthew – Special Guest
    2/3/2012 1:23 PM

    Actually the black version is not powder coated, it is an impregnated black oxide finish, similar to that found on the blueing of a gun barrel - it looks more like the steel has been 'stained' black, not painted. This finish will not rub off, but after constant use it will develop more of a oil rubbed bronze patina.

  • Martha Jenkins
    Martha Jenkins
    2/3/2012 1:27 PM

    Is there a left handed version?

  • Matthew
    Matthew – Special Guest
    2/3/2012 4:28 PM

    @Martha Jenkins: Glad you asked about left handed versions! - we do have a small number of left handed versions - since they are of a limited number, we leave them unfinished (without color) until they are ordered.

    A left-handed version in orange, blue or white will take an extra week, but we can do a black oxide version in-house and have it shipped to you by monday next week.


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