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Hi everyone!

Anyone know if these are any good?

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/OSO-Wine-Bottle-Cap-Opener-2125-AHH-Super-Two-Prong-CORK-EXTRACTOR-Free-Ship-/171147818895?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27d934778f

 

The one I have now is a regular corkscrew which works fine with most corks but is useless with old vintages.

I read somewhere that the one called "the Durrand" is great for old corks but last I checked that one is well above my budget

for bottleopeners..

As far as I can tell from the pictures the Durrand its a combination between the type in the link above and a regular corkscrew.

 

It's not that I encounter the problem that often(I wish), but last time it took me 20 minutes and alot of cursing to open a nice bottle:)

 

Will this one be better?

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You can pick those up at most wine shops as well. It's all I use to open cork finished absinthe. You don't want a hole in the middle of your cork if you are going to reuse it. The Durrand is really cool. It is also really overkill.

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Aah, wine shops.. Those are illegal in Norway I'm afraid.. :mellow: All we have is the State "Wine Monopoly".

There are shops selling equipment and such though, but surprisingly I haven't been able to find an opener like that one in any of those in my city.

Go internet:)

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You don't want a hole in the middle of your cork if you are going to reuse it.

Is this true even if your bottles don't tend to stick around for very long? :drunk:

 

I mean, I usually just turn them upside down and shove it in good.

I haven't noticed any liquor missing,... I think...

 

I use of of these.

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Never met a cork it couldn't retrieve. Course, I've not opened any ancient ones either. I understand that's a different matter altogether.

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Once i open a bottle that had a driven cork, I replace that with a T cork. I use the same cruder and simpler version you use. I do find that different corks react differently. Some heal and some leak from the hole. So a t cork replacement does the trick.

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I use the traditional 2 prong opener for vintage wines and the current Jades which still use the traditional corks. Once you get the hang of it then its a great tool. But with much older corks it can be a challenge.

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You don't want a hole in the middle of your cork if you are going to reuse it.

Is this true even if your bottles don't tend to stick around for very long? :drunk:

 

Well, "not long" (I know, that's what she said) is relative. I suppose if you're talking less than a month, shit, I dunno, put a speed pourer in it... or reuse that cork with the hole. If it were going to be any longer than that I'd keep the hole out of the formula, or stick to greytail's method. Just keep in mind that any excess O2 intrusion will change things. Maybe for the better, maybe for the worse.

 

Never tried the "shoe" method on anything other than Yoo-hoo.

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Well,if Abs isn't going to take this:

 

I usually just turn them upside down and shove it in good.....(That's what he said)

Edited by redwun

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Haha, I usually solve it by pressing it agains my hip and pushing against the wall. (no seriously, I do)

 

Absomphe: Is it just me, or is there a sliight visual similarity between our avatarpics?

 

The shoetrick was awesome, must be meant for those really rare bottles I guess:)

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Mohah, from my time as an evil lurker. :shifty:

Its a painting though, so it took some serious ninja-skills to get it done while you were sleeping.

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A potential problem with the type of cork-remover the OP asked about is that it's easy to push the cork down into the bottle while you are trying to slide the prongs down along the outside of the cork. Then you wind up with a cork floating around inside the bottle that is impossible to extract.

 

IMHO the classic corkscrew is hard to beat. The clasp-knife "waiter's" style allows mechanical advantage to "lever" out obstinate corks, and is better than the T-handle type that offers no mechanical advantage. Though the corkscrew is a simple design, some are better made than others, and the best ones will cut into a difficult cork and hold that cork better than a crappy corkscrew.

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I have my share of bottle openers, including two bladed one, a vintage "le pratique" and a modern Peugeot, which is of far better make.

 

 

 

A potential problem with the type of cork-remover the OP asked about is
that it's easy to push the cork down into the bottle while you are
trying to slide the prongs down along the outside of the cork

 

True, and as a simple rule, I won't use this kind of opener with a plastic cork. Now, the classic corkscrew also has its issues (mainly : destroying the cork), and that's why having both types is handy.

 

I seem to recall that Oxy used to recommend a particular model which, in my memories, seemed to use both technologies.

 

I have heard of a last type of opener, without ever seeing one, which would consist of three hooks that you have to use like the blades, for particularly difficult corks

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Neuron said: "you wind up with a cork floating around inside the bottle that is impossible to extract" :g: . Not so :

Edited by redwun

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I seem to recall that Oxy used to recommend a particular model which, in my memories, seemed to use both technologies.

 

Again, that is the

. At $125.00, it's certainly only worth it if one is regularly opening old, rare, and valuable bottles. Or if one just has money to burn... all of which, I believe, apply to Oxy.

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I ended up with the Monopol one, and wow! It works just perfect. Way beyond my expectations. Opened up a couple of real tricky ones with no troubles at all:)

 

-The durand does look awesome. If I ever find myself with just too much money and a steady stream of prebans I'll be sure to get me one.

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