Estate Set Antique Bronze Opener with Evergreen Granite Stand
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- Re-corks Bottles
- Easy to use and Open
0251 Material: Evergreen Granite These sets are perfect for the wine lover. They also make great wedding, housewarming or holiday gifts. Comes complete with Champion opener, table set, and matching handle in your choice of material. All Rogar products are proudly crafted in Virginia, USA, and carry a one-year limited warranty.
Top customer reviews
There are a few problems with this guy, as follows...
1. It is not intuitive for people to use. I am able to grasp the concept but many people either try to pull or push in the wrong direction or do it properly but then return the handle to its original position, unknowingly RE-corking the bottle they just opened. I'll chalk this one up to user error, and give the company a pass.
2. The pivot mechanism for the handle does not have any bearing or bushing of any kind, it simply pivots in a loosely drilled hole. This makes for sloppy movement and requires more effort than if there were nice ball bearings or even an oiled bronze bushing.
3. Sometimes (and I think this may be due to the design of certain bottles) the cork is not fully withdrawn from the bottle and some strange twisting and pulling are required to get it free from the corkscrew.
I personally am not bothered by the fact that the bottle hangs from the opener like others have complained about, I find it to be pretty securely held as long as you continue to squeeze the hand grips. I think the re-corking feature is very nice, as long as it's done on purpose.
Overall I would recommend this product, I do find that I can open a bottle with much efficiency and speed once you get a hang of it, and you are far less likely to jab a corkscrew into your hand than with a lot of other openers. Of course, it really does make a great decoration and conversation piece as well.
It's difficult to use, requiring a fair amount of force. It should be easier and a much more fluid opening.
The cork is also not always removed entirely from the bottle. Good luck not breaking the cork or smashing the bottle on the bottom plate when this happens.
I called to ask if this is expected. I was told it can be difficult to open synthetic corks and that I should disassemble it and look for broken parts...
Most recent customer reviews
It is a beautiful wine opener if it worked well.