Holiday Gift Guide, Corkscrews

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The Ah-So

I've used these two prong corkscrews for years when it comes to the broken and crumbling corks found in aged bottles of wine. That's what this tool is designed for and that's what it is good at, so don't think this is a great gift for anybody. It's a gift a true wine geek will appreciate and use, and as such you should splurge for the top of the line model. Yes, this pretty much works like all the other two-prong models, but it looks a lot cooler!

See me demonstrate the Ah-so.

Find the Butler's Friend on Amazon

PS: This type of corkscrew was once called the "butler's friend" because with it you were a to remove a cork with almost no damage to the cork. This allowed for some unscrupulous butlers to take a nip and replace it with whatever it took to not get caught!

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  • Snooth User: MarcOps
    986364 9

    I knew about these but never understood how they worked. Thanks for the demo!

    Dec 19, 2011 at 10:38 AM

  • Snooth User: pdx
    90481 1

    I recently purchased an "always easy" style while out of town and found the metal of the screw too wide and it destroyed the cork. So the metal part must be slender enough to worm its way in without damaging the cork.

    Dec 19, 2011 at 2:48 PM

  • Snooth User: eaglenn
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    Dec 19, 2011 at 3:56 PM

  • Snooth User: EMark
    Hand of Snooth
    847804 10,314

    OK, I have to bring up old movie trivia. You mentioned the appearance of a gas-charged device in a Columbo episode. In the epilog scene in Diamonds are Forever the very evil Mr. Wint, disguised, along with his equally evil partner, Mr. Kidd, as a room service waiter, uses one of the gas-charged devices to open a bottle of Mouton Rothshild which he doesn't know is a claret. The gaffe, of course, exposes Mr. Wint and 007 immediately dispatches him and Mr. Kidd. 007 is then able to return his full attention to the Mouton and to Tiffany Case.

    Dec 19, 2011 at 4:58 PM

  • Snooth User: pdrinan
    285510 0

    First, second as well as third, fourth and fifth choice for me will always be the "Old Trusty" wine key. The Ah-So is also a little gem of low-tech genius. The Houdini, or "rabbit" is always impressive and if you're prepping a large quantity, your new best friend. Cheers.

    Dec 19, 2011 at 9:01 PM

  • Snooth User: jcstates
    472055 31

    What happened to the parrot and the rabbit? the other day, these two were also on the demo.

    Dec 20, 2011 at 10:20 PM

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