Summer is beers on the beach season, which means it often becomes, "Hey, do you have a bottle opener?" season. The right answer to that question is, "Yes," and the right sort of bottle opener is the sort that opens bottles. There really isn't anything more to it than that. Still, the easiest way to stay prepared for alcoholic eventualities is to make an opener a permanent resident on your key ring.
The slickest-looking tool on the opener market is the Torq, a tiny metal arm that snaps caps off with aplomb and makes you look cool while you do it. The naval brass opener is a particularly handsome touch – titanium seems a bit much – but stainless steel works just as well. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that this opener will stop you from using your teeth. Our dentist has yelled at us about that. [$35, torqbottleopener.com]