Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Corkscrew

I'm still slowly unpacking boxes after the move and I keep coming across interesting things that had been stuck in a box or at the back of a drawer mostly forgotten. Today's interesting item is actually a plea to see if I can find a replacement for my broken corkscrew.

For as long as I can remember my parents have only owned one corkscrew. It is so easy to use, requiring very little effort, that ever since I moved away from home to start at University I've been looking for one of my own. A few years ago my brother found one at a car boot sale for me. Unfortunately it broke not long after, the screw should be a few turns longer -- I think it was already damaged when he bought it as the screw was slightly bent and it snapped off in a cork when I was trying to open a bottle.

It is not really clear from the photo how it works but basically the top handle is connected directly to the screw and is turned to insert it into the cork. To remove the cork you then turn the bottom handle to lift the top handle, and hence the cork, out of the bottle. It is such a simple device and works so effortlessly that I have yet to find a better corkscrew (although I did get a nice one last Christmas which is almost as easy to use).

So here is my plea -- does anyone reading this know where I could get a replacement? I've tried hunting around the web to no avail so any thoughts or suggestions of where I could try would be most appreciated!
15 November 2007 at 02:58 , L'homme bizarre avec la barbe grise said...

I have (I hope that I still have) an identical one (still in its original box) in turned aluminium which belonged to Uncle Eric. I will ask Pat to look for it and, if she finds it, to post it to you.

15 November 2007 at 08:43 , Mark said...

Excellent! Having spent years looking for one only to break the one that my brother found I'd almost given up hope of ever finding another one.

19 February 2012 at 12:45 , Animal said...

there are some of these wooden cork screws on ebay i have just bought 2 today from a carboot and they were a bargain. there are some cheap ones of these on ebay or there are some going for around 50 quid

3 June 2013 at 11:20 , Fredugaverde said...

I think I have what your looking for.

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