Oenophilia Coutale Corkscrew
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- Design makes opening a wine bottle simple
- Ccoated worm for smooth turning
- Handy for the kitchen, bar or cellar
- Makes a great gift
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The good, and in fact very good - No question about it, the Coutale concept of a spring loaded smaller foot inserted within the main foot is brilliant, way better than just about anything (two part foot, broken, and of course single) to extricate a recalcitrant cork. The short but coated screw goes in nicely and manages dry corks pretty well. Grade: A.
However, moving on to:
The bad and rather obnoxious - Once pulled out and used, the foot doesn't fit snugly back in the main body of the corkscrew and instead flops about like a broken wrist and gets in the way, making the task of threading, specially through tough corks, more irritating that it should be. B-/C.
But it goes from bad to:
Very, very ugly - The foil cutting blade on the sommelier version is an absolute, total disaster, a pathetically dull blade with a ridiculously pointed end that is very successful at slicing careless fingers (nothing like a blood stained label as a selling ploy), and perhaps killing pigs, but is near useless at cutting through foil. Very disappointing and ubersucky: I've resorted to removing the foil completely, which rather spoils the presentation, or using a separate knife or foil cutter in all cases. If this was a play for the triumph of form over function (it looks good) then bravo, otherwise it gets an F.
The worst of it is that these problems are FIXABLE, if not by the buyer. I'm a professional in the wine trade who may open up to a dozen bottles on any day: I can't imagine how obnoxious these issues must be for a sommelier who pulls double that each day. I'd pay triple if these glitches were fixed. As such, the good parts are the only things that keep me from forgetting this corkscrew in a drawer.
Do yourself a favor. Stay FAR away from this model. The amazing, classic Coutale waiter's corkscrew (albeit with a mere fold-out blade, rather than the the built-in foilcutter they used to have) can be found on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/29IkHN8
Edit: I guess I've had this for awhile now, but I'm upset to report that it recently broke. The plastic "head" piece that surrounds the blade-casing on top broke off like a clamshell. Perhaps I should have been more careful with it, but I wish that one piece had been constructed a bit more sturdily. I still recommend this, but don't think I'll be buying a second knowing my butter-fingers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the reverse cork extractor design which is why I bought more than one of them to put in my wine carry bags, but the foil cutter on the first one broke off after only 2 uses. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LTN
This design makes my job so much easier, love it! Never run the risk of breaking a cork again.Published 11 months ago by Gunner hoy
A bit unorthodox at first, proficiency is quickly achieved. I LOVE the non-serrated foil cutter, no more tiny shreds of foil all over the top. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Terry Pfeifer
The easiest corkscrew in the world. I works just opposite of a regular corkscrew so the bottle becomes a counter-balance, making opening easier even on difficult corks.Published 19 months ago by Cathy
Probably the best quality corkscrew out there for the money. This has much better fit and finish than a standard Pulltaps for only a few dollars more. Read morePublished 20 months ago by berylman