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If you have what it takes, install this baby into your wine bar and become capable of opening up to 500 cork extractions per hour. The Electropull is about as big as a kitchen blender and removes the paper capsule from the neck of the bottle, extracts and ejects the cork in about three seconds. Rent it out to the local restaurants, and earn your money back!
A popular device in restaurants and bars, the Cyklop is an elegant and simple machine with no cover over its internal workings. Hand operated and easy to use, the Cyklop allows anyone to open bottles in a few brief seconds with minimal effort.
The undisputed champion of corkscrews is quite simply an elegant handheld model. Laguiole corkscrews come in a variety of different materials and woods from cedar to olive to thuya and use only quality stainless steel. You can even get an optional leather sheath or custom designed wooden box. It’s balanced to fit your hand and has a lifetime warranty.
These elegant table or bar-top models are singularly beautiful and based on a nineteenth century patent. They’re particularly good at adding to the design of a room that is in wine décor with a kind of old-west antique bronze feel. Tabletop models have the added advantage of being easy to use and very fast at removing corks. Most restaurants and bars use tabletop models.
The rabbit came to prominence more than twenty years ago with unique (at least for the wine market) television advertising. The rabbit is a simple metal gear device that looks… well, like a rabbit. One wraps the base of the implement around the neck of a wine bottle and squeezes “the ears” together while operating a small lever that goes in to the cork and pulls it out in one swift motion. It ejects the cork just as quickly, too for simple clean up and ease of use.
The fun factor is key here and while you do have to replace CO2 cartridges regularly, they’re not that expensive and the Corkpops has the “Wow” factor to make up for it. Simply insert the needle directly into the cork and depress the button, the CO2 cartridge fires and the cork is removed easily and quickly. This upgraded version features the ability to depress the button again to remove the cork rather than having to twist it off the end of the needle. This one is inexpensive, has a sleek design and is fun to use.
It looks and operates like a rabbit, but it isn’t one and its design is somewhat different. Still, ease of use is the key here and aesthetic design makes it fun as well. It’s relatively portable, too, though it won’t fit in your pocket.
Face it, as a kid, you played with your parents’ winged corkscrew. You know the one that has the little handle at the top and the levers on the side that made it resemble a person in many ways - or at least an alien? The Cuisinart comes from the venerable kitchenware company that puts a premium on quality and ease of use; simple design and durability are the keys to a quality product.
Good Grips took the winged corkscrew and added a plastic housing, saving the consumer money without trading durability. It’s a little bigger, more bulky than a regular winged corkscrew, but what it lacks in beauty it makes up for in ease of use, price, and efficiency.
Think of this as the thinking-man’s (I prefer that term to “poor man’s) Laguiole. These stainless steel handheld corkscrews combine a foil opener knife, corkscrew and lever with shapely design and simple beauty. I use one myself and I’m partial to it because I can take it anywhere, extract a cork rapidly and efficiently and I didn’t spend a small fortune on it. It’s durable, simple to use, and quite pretty, too.
Someone gave me the real deal as a gift. I liked it so much - that I bought a special black leather edition for a friend. What's great about it : clamp on the top of the bottle, pull lever down and then back up and voila - it's opened!
Right on Kat! The Rabbit hops to it!
Love the history of the Laguiole Corkscrews!
The Rabbit reduces the need to do all the "twisting" compared to a regular corkscrew - I have it and like it.
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