BOJ was founded in 1905. This is a well known fact for those that know the brand, but only a few know that BOJ made locks, plates, damascene, or even projectors.
BOJ is well stablished company that has become specialized in wine tools, but when did this happen? When did BOJ made his first corkscrew?
Let’s start from the beginning; In 1905 Manuel Barrenechea, Bernardo Olañeta and Vicente Juaristi, after some time thinking it they finally choose to get together and make a new company in Eibar, M. Barrenechea, Olañeta y Juaristi Sucesores de M. Barrenechea y Cía the first version of what today is BOJ.
Manuel Barrenechea was a damasker, an artist that uses thin silver and gold filaments as the painting and some other metal such as iron as their canvas to make beautiful drawings. As the time advanced he went to make industrial engraving, process this that he did in their new BOJ company.
Bernardo Olañeta was an stamping expert. The incredible beginning of BOJ with the insignias was thanks to this man mostly.
Vicente Juaristi with his commercial experience was able to sell the goods that the other two were creating.
The evolution of BOJ was like the most of the companies, moved by the punctual necessities and the business vision of the founders.
And like that they began to patents, making buckles and other products related to the stamping of metal.
And when did they begin with the kitchenware? Well, almost since the beginning, here you can see this publication of 1931 in which you can see some known products, like nut-crackers, the double level corkscrew, and more…
By this time the kept doing insignias, brooch, earring, veneers and at that time they also do penknives, the turtle-bell that became so famous that eveyone on Eibar began doing them, and so many more inventions and strange things.
But just at that time the spanish civil war began and they had to stop working.
When they returned the begun to built their new office building, the one that It’s still use and when the museum-room is located. And It’s also the time when they began making razor blades and locks.
As time went by BOJ was more a more specialized in kitchenware, but maybe the most important moment in that specialization was when the Wall-Mounted Corkscrew was created.
At the beginning of the 50′ a local man from Eibar brought a table mounted corkscrew from Switzerland and he gave it to David Olañeta, son of Bernardo Olañeta. David found that the machine had many inconveniences in his opinion, and so he started to make changes. On the 6th of April of 1959 BOJ had the patent of the Lever Corkscrew, that later will be known as the Wall-Mounted Corksrew.
And finally today and after hundreds of other adventures and successes we can look at the second half of the room, the one with the show room with our current catalog, the Lux range, the new wine tools, the table mounted can openers certified by NSF, etc.