Corkscrews are essential in the removal of the cork in a wine bottle. The simplest corkscrew, the waiter’s corkscrew, was first patented by Carl Wienke in 1882. It is over 100 years old, and yet has not changed one bit.
The handle is the thickest part of the corkscrew. It can be made out of many different materials, but the most common are wood, plastic and metal.
Also known as the “worm,” the spiral is twisted into, and provides leverage to the handle, in order to remove the cork. Spirals are made out of metal.
The Foil Cutter
The foil cutter removes the metal that covers the top of the wine bottle with minimal effort.
References and ResourcesOster Wine Openers: History of wine openers and the progression to Oster wine openers
Fine Red Wines: The History of the Corkscrew