KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Do you want to be the coolest beer drinker on your block? Try out a new product invented by a University of Tennessee professor.
Greg Spaw is an adjunct assistant professor of architecture. On the side, he and his brother, who lives in California with an industrial design background, have founded the company Kumquat. Their first product is a carbon fiber bottle opener called Leverage.
"It is doing exactly that. It is using leverage to pop the cap off your favorite craft brew or soda, whatever it is," Spaw said.
The size and shape make it unique.
"It's credit card size, so you can slip it in your wallet, your money clip, your purse. It's very convenient," he explained. "It's very thin and lightweight, but also very strong."
The brothers have sold 3,000 openers worldwide in less than a year.
"You can have custom engraving and things like that, like for groomsmen's gifts and we've been working with a lot of corporate groups to do logos. It's one of those items you're not going to see everywhere," Spaw said.
Next, the company is looking to manufacture high-end business card holders and money clips.
"Things have been really great this last year and we imagine that things will just get bigger and bigger," he said.
The Leverage bottle openers start at $22 each. You can buy them at Nothing Too Fancy on Union Avenue in Knoxville or online.