Different Types of Corkscrews
1. Lever Style
3. Twisting Pull
6. Air Pump
|There are several of these on the market ranging in price
from $30 to $150. You simply clamp the opener on the bottle and let the
levers do all the work.
Advantages: Dependable, efficient, and takes little strength to use.
You canít go wrong opening a bottle with the lever style.
Disadvantage: It takes up more room that the other types of
corkscrews. They are more expensive then other types of corkscrews.
2. Waiter's Corkscrew
|This is the corkscrew of choice for the waiter. It is slim
and comfortable to carry in oneís pocket. The worm (screw) and the small
knife are tucked safely away. The servers can put it into their pocket or
apron without fear of getting poked.
Advantage: Slim, contains knife to remove foil on bottle. Itís a
little tricky at first to use, but once mastered, itís fast and efficient.
If you become skillful at using one of these, you have that professional
look about you.
Disadvantage: Requires practice to become proficient at using.
Cheaper models donít work as well. The inexpensive types may have a dull
knife and the worm may bend if the proper angle and leverage are incorrectly
We recommend that you place a waiterís corkscrew in the glove compartment of
your car. You never know when you might need it.
3. The Twisting Pull Cork
|This corkscrew has a circular rim that you place over the
lip of the bottle. This centers the worm over the cork. You then begin
twisting the handle on the corkscrew. When the worm has been twisted into
the cork, the corkscrew is braced against the bottle and the cork begins to
emerge from the bottle as you twist.
Advantage: Very reliable and fairly inexpensive. Tip: The worm is the
most important part of this corkscrew. Cheap models are likely to mess up a
Disadvantage: Nothing significant, except for those who have pain in
the wrist and elbow joints. These corkscrews require continuous turning.
|These corkscrew also have a circular rim that is placed over
the lip of the bottle. As you turn the corkscrew the wings lift higher and
higher. When you think you have drilled the worm into the corkscrew far
enough, grasp the wings and slowly bring them toward the bottle. This action
causes the cork to pull out of the bottle.
Advantages: Usually reliable unless the worm is not far enough into
the cork. Cost is reasonable.
Disadvantages: If the worm goes past the bottom of the cork, cork
fragments get into the wine. Cheap models with weak worms will not lift the
cork out of the bottle
|These are not exactly corkscrews because they do not have a
worm that you screw into the cork. Instead, you have two slim metal prongs
that you enter into opposite sides of the cork in the bottle. One prong is a
little longer than the other and that is the side you enter into the bottle
first. You rock the device back and forth slightly until the prongs are
fully entered. Then you gently pull up with a little twist, or rocking
Advantage: Itís slim. It puts no hole into the cork and therefore no
cork fragments fall into the wine. This device works well with an aged
bottle of wine whose cork has deteriorated.
Disadvantage: Somewhat hard to use. Must be used with care. If done
incorrectly, you can possibly damage the prongs by bending them out of
6. Air Pump Corkscrew
This works on the principle of forcing air between the space in the bottle of
wine between the cork and the wine. As you pump the device, air pressure forces
the cork out of the bottle. There is a long thick, sharp needle that you push
through the cork. It is a potentially dangerous way to remove a cork.
We do not recommend this type.
Advantages: None we can think of.
Disadvantages: Requires pumping action to force air. Some wine experts
believe that forcing air into the wine bottle is not good for the wine.
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