The final project I have chosen is to re-imagine a tool I use often, the server’s wine key. The classic server’s wine key (shown in the title image) has a classic high society feel with smooth lines, efficient function, and generally drab colors (maroon, black, dark green). I intend to reverse this feel, taking a Bentley and transforming it into a Baja truck (edgy, expensive, and bright).
On first inspection I want the piece to scream with high end male gadgetry, bright color mixed with complex lines and an air of mystery. I don’t want the piece to be judged by what it is before inspiring awe at the visual appeal.
Initially the piece will appear similar to a Leatherman tool or Ballisong folded closed, I am looking for a high end tool feel, with bright handle material, thinking red and black carbon-fiber, with cutouts to see the interior tools. Once open the nature of the wine key will be revealed, it is simply a wine opening device (bottles too), using basic lever action to remove a cork. A few changes are a better foil knife, the tiny often dull foil knife of the standard screw is far from perfect, I intend to include an update to that, as well the casing is fully enclosed rather than having the screw and bottle opener exposed. The final design should make for a rugged, beautiful, high end tool: The Wine Knife.
The inspiration for this project came from multiple sources, Mantis Knives and their approach to form and function of design, Leatherman tools, for the handle cutouts often seen, and the general aesthetic seen on http://www.Touchofmodern.com. The idea is to take something everyday and add a bit of style and engineering to create something amazing.
As the tool will be functional, great care has to be taken in the design of the tooth, as proportionate size and shape and relative distance to the screw determine the ease and efficiency of the tool. Mistakes here will cause complete failure, thus rapid prototyping will be used to create a few options, with the best design being machined from aluminum.
My current estimation on cost is roughly $75.00 including handle materials, pins, pivots, and hardware, as well the body materials, a bit of aluminum and stainless steel remnant material.
The revised timeline, design has had mass failure three times so far, is as follows:
3/4 Finish preliminary design, Finish shopping
3/6 – 3/8 Prototype tooth, Machine spring and backing
3/8 – 3/9 Order connector and handle materials
3/15 Build interior structure, Test tooth effectiveness
3/20 – 3/26 Finalize design of tooth, Machine
3/27 – 4/2 Machine handle, final assembly, exterior finishing.
4/3 Drink wine