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I'm sure that most people are more than capable of opening bottles of wine without any problem, especially as screw top bottles are becoming more and more the preferred type of bottle top. Corks in various form though are still heavily used, and the foil that covers and protects cork bottles still needs to be cut. For some, they incorporate a design whereby you pull on a small piece of metal strip and it undoes the strip around the top of the bottle and lifts the top of the foil. However, the cheaper bottles of wine tend not to have this, and so a quick and simple way of opening these bottles is ideal. This is where this cutter comes in. It can be a bit of a pain, having to take off just enough foil but not too much. The foil around the neck serves to prevent excess dripping, but I've lost count of the number of times I've left foil sticking out over the top or ended up with jagged neck foil or it completely coming off. The foil cutter sits snugly around the top of the bottle and will cut a smooth circular path around the top of the bottle and only take off the amount of foil needed. It's the perfect size to sit in your hand, with a grip on each side. You sit it on top of the bottle of wine and squeeze from either side. the two grip sides are connected by a curved thin metal bar that is just flexible enough to accommodate the right amount of squeeze. As this happens, the underneath of the grips each contains a small plastic wheel that will sit atop the bottle, and houses a small metal wheel that sits on the lip of the neck. Simply rotate your hand around the bottle enough for a semicircle, and it'll cut the top of the foil off neatly. It's a very good product and works perfectly. Unless you're opening dozens of bottles of wine at a time, I can't see it getting worn out either, and it's easy to keep clean for when you do get small amounts of wine on it, as well as getting the occasional bit of foil stuck in the wheels. It's a neat and small device that fits nicely in a draw or on a hook, and is ergonomically designed and incredibly easy to use. Like I said, such a thing is not always needed, but once you have it you may find it makes things a whole lot easier. A device such as this would be ideal for restaurant with a decent wine turnover, although most places tend to have waiter's friends of some variety that will also have a foil remover function. I like this little gadget. It's quirky and very easy to use, solidly built and does the job exactly as it should do. Lakeland do this for £2.99, which is still a reasonable price, and no doubt you'll be able to get it cheaper somewhere else if this is the Lakeland price. A highly recommended and useful gadget that is ideal for restaurants or hosting a dinner party where you don't want to be using your dinner knife to remove the foil. Stylish and recommended.
This is one of those gadgets that you just manage without, probably not even imagining such a thing exists, until you own one and then it's in use every time. I guess that's the definition of "gadget"! This gadget is designed to neatly cut the foil around the top of a wine bottle neck, leaving the cork nicely exposed to be removed. My partner bought this really as a bit of a dig/joke after I had managed to actually cut my finger on a ripped foil opening a bottle of wine, and also he was (rightly) alarmed at my normal approach to breaking the foil, which used to be basically attacking the neck of the bottle with a corkscrew! I don't drink an awful lot of red wine, but do like to keep some 'decent' reds in for when family come round. I'm not a connoisseur, but I like to spend a little more on the reds and it often seems that the more expensive the bottle, the more robust the cork and the foil. Sometimes the foil can actually be quite thick and this cutter is actually a handy implement to have around. The cutter is a really simple design, just two 'arms' joined together by a thin strip of metal which is slightly 'sprung' and underneath which are four tiny wheels. Two of the wheels are plastic, and two have little tiny blades running around them. The cutter is placed over the top of the bottle and the arms squeezed together so that the four wheels surround it and the little blades grip into the foil. A simple twist, no real force needed, and the top of the foil just lifts off in the cutter. The foil cutter measures 8cm long x 5cm wide and made of black plastic with a soft-touch finish. The little blades are metal, but they aren't big enough to be dangerous, it's impossible to cut yourself on them as they are tucked away under the arms, they're so small and spin so freely when the cutter isn't in use. All the same, they are necessarily sharp edges so the cutter should be kept away from little ones' hands.