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Old 04-03-2012, 05:07 PM   #1
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Since it's sometimes easy to think that older things were made better than many modern products, I've started to consider a 'vintage' capper. I'm kind of done with the wing capper and have found that there are all cast iron vintage cappers available on ebay for around the same as a Super Agata or Colonna.

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Old 04-03-2012, 06:40 PM   #2
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Nothing wrong with the old stuff. I prefer the rusty stamped steel bench capper I got from an old homebrewer who listed a grab bag of stuff on Craigslist. I might have paid $5, if anything at all (the guy just kept pulling stuff out of the basement and saying "here you go, I don't need this either!")

The ubiquitous plastic wing cappers have a nice pressing action to them but having to use two hands on the tool is annoying. The "vintage" single action bench cappers may take a little more oomph to crimp the cap but they're easier to load because you can lower the press with one hand while holding the bottle with the other hand.


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Old 04-03-2012, 07:48 PM   #3
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I have one I paid a whopping $12 for. It works great too!
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:57 PM   #4
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So do the vintage cappers have the nice magnet for holding the cap to the bell before you press down?

 
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:20 PM   #5
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Mine does. It's probably from the mid-'70s or so, based on the age of all the other stuff I got in the deal.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:53 PM   #6
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Mine does not. I just put the cap on top of the bottle, then press it on.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:09 PM   #7
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I did end up buying the "Big Ben" vintage capper on ebay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI...#ht_717wt_1163). I'm quite happy with it... too bad I couldn't find it locally!

 
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:18 PM   #8
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I got an old one that a friend gave me as a gift.

 
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:38 AM   #9
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Both of mine are from the early 60's. Neither have a magnet.


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