Corkscrews . Manual instrument consisting of a metallic spiral with a handle or a lever. It is used to remove the cork stoppers from the jars and bottles.


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  • 1 History
  • 2 Materials for its construction
  • 3 Types of corkscrews
    • 1 Of bottle
      • 1.1 Folding
      • 1.2 Of wings
    • 2 Wall
    • 3 Of sheets or reeds
    • 4 Compressed air
  • 4 Corkscrew Gallery
  • 5 Tips for proper use
  • 6 Sources


The first corkscrews were used 300 years ago, and were similar to the tool with which bullets were removed from rifles; The first patent is known to have been that of Samuel Henshall in 1795 . When the habit of using corks to close two bottles of wine proliferated, during the 18th century , the respective destaponeo invited the use of the corkscrew. During the 19th century the tool was evolving, as different models appeared

Materials for its construction

Corkscrews are made of materials as diverse as plastic, metal or wood, but the spiral is always made of steel.

Types of corkscrews


It is the most common that in turn takes different forms


Proper for hospitality as it can be carried in your pocket.It is also known as a waiter’s corkscrew.


It has fins that rise when the bit is inserted, thus facilitating extraction when prying. It is very common in the domestic environment.


It is attached to the wall and is operated by a lever system. This type of corkscrew allows the corks to be extracted quickly and efficiently from wine bottles, and can also be a good decoration for a cellar or kitchen. It is also known for wall corkscrews.

Of sheets or reeds

Consisting of two metal sheets that are inserted into the sides of the neck of the bottle, thus removing the intact cork. It also allows to reintroduce the cap

Compressed air

Air is injected with a pump through a needle through the stopper. The air current makes the stopper rise, but it can damage the structure of the wine, making it little used.


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