Your favorite corkscrew/puller

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  1. balatonwine

    balatonwine The Verecund Vigneron

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    For years, my favorite way to remove a cork was with a cork puller I purchased in Napa, and which has traveled with me from CA to NV to CH (i.e. Switzerland) to HU (i.e. Hungary).

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    Then my wife bought me a hand made walnut cork screw and I have to admit this has become my favorite cork puller.

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    What is your personal favorite tool to remove a cork?
     
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    sour_grapes Victim of the Invasion of the Avatar Snatchers

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    Nice looking tools there!

    Over the years, I have bought or received as gifts many nice corkscrews. Primarily, they have been "standard" folding corkscrews, but with nice handles, etc. However, I don't like any of these better than a good (but cheap) waiter's corkscrew with the all-important hinged lever. My nice ones all lack this double lever. As most of us have likely experienced, this feature keeps the fulcrum of the lever firmly against the lip of the bottle, so there is no chance of the lever slipping off the neck.

    The picture below shows one with a wheeled foil cutter. I (slightly) prefer a little knife, but the lever is what I am trying to show:

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    A wire-helix worm is important, too. (Slight preference for Teflon coating>)

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    NorCal Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    pgentile Supporting Members Supporting Member

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    I use a double-hinged as well.
     
  5. sour_grapes

    sour_grapes Victim of the Invasion of the Avatar Snatchers

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    Of course, having said all that, as often as not I use the corkscrew on my Swiss Army knife!
     
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  6. dcbrown73

    dcbrown73 Clueless Winemaker

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    This is the same one I use.

    I used to use a Vinomaster wine bottle opener which was nice, but sometimes it would drive a cork right down into the bottle. That got old quick and I went with the premium waiters corkscrew with the double hinged fulcrum. (as others have pointed out, the fulcrum is key!)

    If something happens to it, I would without question replace it with another.
     
  7. Kraffty

    Kraffty Member

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    I mostly have a bunch as decorations in the winery but do like and use the center (4th from the left) bell style out there or on the patio. In the house or when opening a lot of bottles I use the other style, don't know the name but it's quick and easy and even pulls the screw from the cork in one quick draw.
    Mike
     

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    sour_grapes Victim of the Invasion of the Avatar Snatchers

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    Nice collection!

    Although I think this is a brand name, usually people refer to that style as a rabbit.
     
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    dcbrown73 Clueless Winemaker

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    Yes, this is what I was referring to as the Vinomaster. They are nice as it's drive and pull, then squeeze and pull to remove the cork, but as I said. On several occasions, when I was trying to drive it into the cork, it drove the cork into the bottle. :(
     
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  10. Boatboy24

    Boatboy24 No longer a newbie, but still clueless.

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    I like this one. Inexpensive, but it is my favorite.

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  11. Trick

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    I still like double wing opener. It is much easier than the waiter's screw, even doesn't look very professional.
     
  12. CabSauv

    CabSauv Exp Drinker/Junior Vintner

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    I use the same one as Kraffty. But I have a cork puller and folding cork screw cork remover for backup.
     
  13. JohnT

    JohnT Moderator Super Moderator

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    I have this mounted in my winery...

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