What is the German word for the plastic pry tool used to open laptops and smartphones? (see image below)

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    Do you know what it is called in English (or any other language in fact)?
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 6:50
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    @Wrzlprmft: Taterhead already used the english name. It is "pry tool" (sometimes also "prying tool" or "plastic pry tool"). Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 7:07
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    In the watch making trade, where similar tools have been used for centuries to open watch cases, theses are simply called "Gehäuseöffner oder "Gehäusemesser" (für Druckböden/Stülpgehäuse).
    – Beta
    Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 7:56
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    Another English word for them is "Spudger" if that's any help. Mine are made from stainless steel or various strength plastics.
    – Criggie
    Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 10:26

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This is a Gehäuseöffner.

The word PVC-Gehäuseöffner, as suggested by others, is not appropriate:

  1. The word PVC-Gehäuseöffner implies might imply that it was an opener of PVC cases and covers (Öffner für PVC-Gehäuse) and not an opener made of PVC used to open cases and covers (aus PVC bestehender Öffner für Gehäuse).
  2. We cannot infer from the picture that the tool is made of polyvinyl chloride. It could be made of any other plastic material.
  • Regarding your first point: An opener of PVC cases would have to be spelt PVC-Gehäuse-Öffner.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 15:27
  • @Wrzlprmft: Du hast Recht (vgl. § 44 (1) des amtlichen Regelwerks). Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 15:35

A similar question was asked here: http://www.dict.cc/forum-questions/detail-790182-Pry-tool.html

The word seems to be PVC-Gehäuseöffner.

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    Actually PVC-Geheuseöffner would be appropriate if the pry tool is made of PVC.
    – Sev M
    Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 12:49

Ok, I found some at Conrad today. It seems the name is Öffnungswerkzeug.

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  • Aside from the fact that Smartphone Öffnungswerkzeuge 7tlg. is orthographically wrong, Öffnungswerkzeug is a generic term for all tools used to open something. It includes Gehäuseöffner, but it also includes Dosenöffner (can openers) or Flaschenöffner (bottle openers). For this reason, the term is not appropriate. Otherwise one could simply call it a Werkzeug (tool) or, more anstractly, a Ding (thing). Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 17:47

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