Hand Forged Raven Bottle Opener
This bottle opener was hand forged by Max from steel and strikes the perfect balance between its weight and delicate score marks to add detail. For anyone not familiar with the forging process, this has been created entirely with fire, a hammer and an anvil and although quite small, this piece took at least 45 minutes to create.
Admittedly, during the Viking age, ale and mead would have been brewed in barrels and consumed from either horns or tankards... but I like to think that if the Norsemen were still raiding the coastlines of Europe and beyond, they would open their (probably looted) beers with one of these...
This particular bottle opener depicts one of the most iconic creatures in Norse mythology: The raven
Odin's ravens Hugin and Munin (thought and memory) are very well known amongst those interested in the Viking age and the mythological creatures were obviously very real to the people of the time.
Associated with the fallen in battle, the raven famously appeared on the banner of the Norwegian King Harald Hardrada during his attempted invasion of Britain in 1066. The raven banner is also associated heavily with the Irish vikings and appears on penny minted by Olaf Cuarán in the 10th century.
Which of the ravens features on this bottle opener, we will leave up to you…