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 Post subject: Waiter's Corkscrews
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 9:19 am 
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Hi,

My first waiters corkscrew lasted 40 years. This was a gift from our French college exchange student to my Father. It was stainless with a grooved helix worm and a bottle opener at the other end. The opener added length and a backstop to increase leverage.

After a few years of buying and discarding, I bought a Pulltaps which self destructed in three years. I was lousy on bottles with rounded top edges and never happy with synthetic corks. The two step lever gave out.

I now see that Screwpull has a waiters corkscrew which they state, not to be used on synthetic corks. What is that about?

There are a number of nice looking Metrokane and WineLine screws that are reasoable ($12-35) and look to be substantial. How about recommendations?

Tim


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 Post subject: Re: Waiter's Corkscrews
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:15 am 
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Gawd!, I feel like a hungry bass chasin' a beautiful new spoon plug!

I've opened thousands of bottles but never have I worn out or broken a corkscrew; I am impressed. I have heard of it. The Rabbit comes with a 10 year warranty and Costco sells imitations for $10 (no warranty) but I’ve used them and found them to be as smooth. As much as I love them, I’ve never spent the big bucks to be an owner. I still use ones liquor reps gave me with their name on the side. I’d go with the rabbit! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Waiter's Corkscrews
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:23 pm 
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I have had the Rabbit clones break; the one I use now and have had for 10 years is called Screwpull. It is plastic, cheap, easy to use and I have not broken it yet....but if I ever do, I won't care cause it is pretty cheap and I am not emotionally attached.
ilene

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 Post subject: Re: Waiter's Corkscrews
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:03 pm 
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I'd go with the Rabbit. I bought a Screwpull ($$$) and it crapped out on me in three years.

Amy


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 Post subject: Re: Waiter's Corkscrews
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:19 pm 
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Thank you for the thoughts,

I have a Screwpull lever model (cumbersome, but great for 60 year old port wines ;) ) and a Screwpull table model (slow & cumbersome). I really want a waiters corkscrew.

Any ideas on a waiter's corkscrew? The following look tempting:

Metrokane 5611
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Metrokane Houdini 5615
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Vacu Vin Waiter's Corkscrew
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Any thoughts?

Tim


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 Post subject: Re: Waiter's Corkscrews
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:43 pm 
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Purely from the photos, I would go with the Vacu Vin Waiter's Corkscrew
because it is the only one with 2-step ability. They all seem to have an intelligent place for the thumb. I do like the Vacu Vin Waiter's Corkscrew's foil cutter design as well. However, it get a well thought out but 'poor' review (no pun intended) on Amazon.

Searching "waiter's corkscrews" on Amazon under "Home, Garden and Pets" produced some very glowing reviews with a large number of reviewers behind some of those. I would try those before the Vacu Vin.

If you have a problem operating any of these, I can be there overnight! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Waiter's Corkscrews
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:39 pm 
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Geez, I just twist the cap and it comes right off. ;)


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:42 pm 
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JesBelle wrote:
Geez, I just twist the cap and it comes right off. ;)


Those bags have caps???? :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:35 pm 
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I can't speak to the longevity, but a frend has a Laguiole (<-clicky) that is very beautiful and works like a dream. He doesn't drink enough wine to give a real workout. Heathen! We use a Trudeau, and it has lasted, but it is nothing special.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:22 pm 
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Tim & JesBelle -

Really, I'm waiting for Tetrapacks with the straw glued to the sides :o


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