Parts of a Corkscrew

By Martita Veguilla

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.

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Corkscrews have been used for 100 years.

The Handle

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The handle is often made out of wood.

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.

The Spiral

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The twisted metal helix is known as the "worm" or more commonly, the "spiral."

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.