5 corkscrews and bottle openers that’ll open your eyes as well
No home bartender’s tool is perhaps more underappreciated than the humble bottle opener. But take heed, wine lovers—more than fancy glasses, aerators and decanters, the quality of your corkscrew has the potential to make or break an evening. Likewise for beer: fine craft brews deserve more than a freebie churchkey. We’ve rounded up a few options with both function and style.
The Code 38, a “wine knife” designed for professionals, is to a sommelier what a sword is to a samurai, according to one Florida fan’s rapturous testimonial. A souped-up version of your basic waiter’s friend, the tool comes in both stainless steel and titanium, and is designed to withstand heavy use. Once you master the single-hinge technique, you’ll be effortlessly popping corks without missing a beat.
ROLL WITH IT
Umbra’s Roll beer bottle opener could pass for a modernist bangle bracelet (and makes a chic party accessory). Cast from solid brass, it was created by a team of designers at Umbra Shift, a Toronto studio devoted to rethinking and transforming everyday objects in innovative ways.
PEDAL TO THE METAL
This handsome copper-plated pedal wrench, from luxury bicycle and watch maker Shinola, has a dual function as a handy beer bottle opener. But we’d argue it’s almost too pretty to use on greasy bike parts. This one was designed by Park Tool, a St. Paul, Minnesota-based maker of artisanal bike tools.
Master cutlers at Laguiole en Aubrac, the French knife maker, have a 188-year tradition of handcrafting each blade individually from start to finish, with each craftsman stamping his own insignia on the spring plate. This staghorn waiter’s corkscrew performs as elegantly as it looks, with the worm and foil cutter made from reinforced stainless steel.
A corkscrew that isn’t a corkscrew at all, this two-pronged chrome cork puller removes delicate corks by sliding into the bottleneck. With a little coaxing, the cork comes out intact, so you can save it for your collection (and impress guests with your technique). When not in use, the opener tucks into a pocket-sized sheath.