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railroad spike letter opener

Handmade
Recycled
Community Voted
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No other letter opener has as much power, class, history or authenticity as this one. Fashioned from recycled railroad spikes by Salamon Ruiz and Ivan Auiles, this piece makes a strong statement simply seated on your desk. Both the letter opener and its base, handmade from driftwood, are from materials found in Nicaragua and are one-of-a-kind.

Due to the found nature of this product, the wood bases vary in shape and color.

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Handmade
Recycled
Community Voted
Item ID
21003
Made from
driftwood, cast iron
Measurements
Letter Opener: 6" L; Base: 4.75" L x 3" W x 1.75" H
Notes
Keep out of the reach of children.

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Railroad Spike Letter Opener
 
5.0

(based on 7 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (7)

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    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (7)
  • Durable (6)
  • Sleek design (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Everyday use (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (7)

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5.0

something fun and different

By 

from Southern Cal

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Sleek Design
  • Sturdy
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Workplace

    Comments about Railroad Spike Letter Opener:

    I wanted to get my husband something different for his birthday. This was just perfect. He loved it and keeps it on his desk at work. He continues to get comments on it. It is also useful while being unique at the same time

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    Great gift

    By 

    from St. Louis, MO

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Sturdy
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday Use

      Comments about Railroad Spike Letter Opener:

      My dad works for the railroad and its hard to find him the right gift. This was perfect. He loved it!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      They loved it!

      By 

      from Whidbey Island, WA

      Pros

      • Improves Organization
      • Sturdy
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday Use
        • Organization

        Comments about Railroad Spike Letter Opener:

        I bought this for my parents' anniversary. They loved it, not only for its functionality, but also for all the memories it brought back.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Great gift!

        By 

        from Fairless Hills, PA

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Sturdy
        • Unique

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday Use

          Comments about Railroad Spike Letter Opener:

          My father worked at our local steel mill for over 30 years on their railroad. As soon as I saw this gift, I knew it was for him. Because he opened our gift first, he was able to use the letter opener to neatly open all of the other cards and gifts he received. He really likes it and said it is unique, which is what I was going for. He said it is perfect for his desk.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          Beautiful!

          By 

          from Westchester

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Made well
          • Sleek Design
          • Sturdy
          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Railroad Spike Letter Opener:

              I am so excited to give this gift to my friend as it is so unique and crafted so beautifully! I am extremely pleased with my purchase.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              Awesome gift!

              By 

              from Birmingham, AL

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Sleek Design
              • Sturdy
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday Use

                Comments about Railroad Spike Letter Opener:

                I bought this for my husband who works for a railroad company. It looks awesome on his desk.
                It looks just as pictured and was delivered quickly. Thanks!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Awesome gift item!

                By 

                from Manassas, VA

                About Me Budget Shopper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Unique

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday Use

                  Comments about Railroad Spike Letter Opener:

                  My husband loved this Valentine's gift. Unique and interesting as well as useful!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  Q and A

                  When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

                  395votes, 59 comments

                  Julia, Community Organizer

                  Salamon Ruiz and Ivan Auiles are submitting this clever Railroad Spike Letter Opener for your review. Let them know what you think about these letter openers made from recycled railroad spikes.

                  Lunar
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  THIS IS AWESOME!!!!

                  Ann
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Another exceptional handcrafted item - very unique and a great gift choice!

                  elena
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Awesomely original!

                  Clay
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Pretty darn cool!

                  Emily
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Love how unique this is!

                  Anne

                  Nifty!

                  Christie
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I love this item! It's so unique!

                  Kat
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Original idea. I love the recycled materials.

                  Seneca
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Agreed. This is great!

                  Solange

                  interesting

                  rachel
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Kind of an ugly thing to have on your desk :/

                  Eric

                  Very Cool.

                  Bill
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Too heavy looking, overwhelms a desk, not very appealing (at least to me).

                  Cory Martin
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  This product is probably the best looking I have seen in a really long time! I like it so much I want to meet Salamon and Ivan to congratulate them on such a beautiful piece of art. I bet they would be great at making furniture too. Maybe I'll move down there and see.

                  Gail
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Sorry guys. I just don't like it.

                  tahaye
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  My husband would love this!

                  Kristen
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  so unique! loving this!

                  Jessica
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I'd never spend the money, but it's awesome.

                  V
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  This is fabulous

                  Deb H
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  A bit much for a letter opener! What happened to just tearing the thing open with your hands?!

                  Diane
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Really? Looks like it would take up too much room.

                  Michael
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Love it! And since the Nicaragua Rail Road has been extinct for some time now these will have some historical value as well. I would love to buy one.

                  Lisa
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Sorry, another thing I just can't vote for - as it's really cool, but far too expensive for what it is.

                  Dari
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Nice gift for the manly man who has everything. Good for Dad or Brother, not too personal.

                  Judy
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  love the uniqueness

                  Kimberly
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  looks obtrusive. it's just not my style.

                  julie
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  cool idea :)

                  Jessica
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  it is a little pricey for what it is though. It is a cool idea though.

                  Heather
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  It's a cool idea. But it's too big and clunky. It's almost scary looking. Kind of a comic piece that you would pull out in the middle of a conversation as you open your mail....

                  Geoff
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  This is sweet! i see that some people think it would take up too much space, but it doesn't seem unreasonably big to me based on the listed dimensions. It would look great on my desk..

                  Jessica
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  extremely original! Would be the perfect gift for my dad.

                  Dustin
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Ill buy it if you make it in to a stake knife set.

                  Lucinda
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Good masculine gift.

                  Sharon
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Awesome product!

                  Stefani
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I found it funny how many people said it was a MASCULINE gift! But I'm a very nature loving girl and adore this!!!

                  Devon
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I would definitely get this for my dad for Christmas.

                  Kim
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  good gift for retired RR man

                  Carol
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  At first glance I thought is was a loaf of bread with a bread knife.

                  Millie
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  awkward looking

                  Betty
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Too chunky for a letter opener that sits on a dest. Also, that is a bit muchfor a letter opener. I have seen several neat ones that are much cheaper!

                  Brandy
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  The railroad spike in a plain log is a non-sequitur, and I think this piece would end up just being a waste of space.

                  Soqui
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  The railroad spike is a great idea. The base needs work. Looks too clunky

                  Tess
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Looks like a weapon...and not a terribly attractive one at that. Plus, I simply don't have the counter space to sacrifice to a letter opener.

                  HELEN
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  I think it's ugly...

                  Nicole
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  not really sure who needs to use letter openers still, but a cool idea!

                  Nichole
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  You know what? for the right guy....this is a pretty perfect gift. This is what you should find at UncommonGoods.com

                  Jen
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  fug and way too expensive

                  Anne
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Snail mail is going away, looks more like a weapon than a letter opener

                  Valerie
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Tacky, tacky, tacky... And, you can't figure out what it is! Price is crazy!

                  Sandra
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  looks cheezy

                  Marie
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Ugly, and $50.00 bucks?! No way. Again, let's get back to America!

                  Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                  Thanks for all of the great feedback on this item! Voting is almost complete, and we're excited to see the results. It's a close call with some great positive feedback and a few thumbs down. (By the way, I'm not sure 'fug' is a word. I remember when the saying was 'not quite my taste'.) If you disagree with Jen, leave a comment and let us know! This item isn't right for you? How could we make it better?

                  Amber
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  While I appreciate the idea, I don't really like the execution...it's pretty unattractive.

                  Elaine

                  Looks like more of a weapon than a letter opener, but i'm sure plenty of people would like that as well.

                  Liane
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I think my dad would really like this.

                  Chris
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  How hard is it to open an envelope, really! Who buys letter openers?

                  Anne
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Nice gift for a man

                  Kristen
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  What a cool gift - my dad would love this! Great that it's recycled too. Hope this will be available in time for Christmas shopping!

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