We have had our Faringdon Lever Arch Corkscrew for years and my parents have the same model. It is functionally practical and easy for most people to use. I'm not a massive wine drinker but like the occasional glass and whilst I'd leave opening wine to the next person every time, sometimes in the company of other girlies I seem to command the task of chief wine opener. Apologies to those out there who really know your wine as this review may be a bit basic for you.
Check your cork first!
A lot of wines these days come with a screw cap - this used to be a sign of a cheap or bad wine but now I think it is accepted as something some wines have rather than a mark of inferiority unless you are a real wine buff then you probably abhor the screw top for wine!
Back to the Faringdon. It is a simple method to get into your wine with a smaller (I think) chance of 'corking' and spoiling your wine.
Peel any foil or cover off the top. Then place the sharpish tip of the corkscrew over the cork and break it into the tip, using the circle as a guide over the neck of the bottle. Screw the top of the opener in a clockwise direction until all the screw is embedded, the levers will automatically and simultaneously raise themselves into a Y position. Then simply press the levers down together and the force of this will remove the cork. I find it useful to do this sitting down or standing the bottle on a safe surface. To remove the cork you just screw it off the opener ready for the next bottle to be opened!
Better than other corkscrews
I hate it when I am at other peoples houses and am presented with a corkscrew only bottle opener. I might as well gnaw on the top of the bottle with my teeth than be sucessful using one of these!
I think a lot of people know how to open wine and this is a bit of a 'teach your grandmother to suck eggs' review, but it is useful to note how easy this opener makes the job and generally you won't have to buy many of these in a lifetime as they last years and years (unless someone walks off with yours!).
A must have for every kitchen. I think there might be a bit of competition amongst strong men to prove they don't need the help of the lever arches on a bottle opener but if I was faced with a choice of two I would plump for this one every time!
~Another review that has something to do with wine....sorry I just can't help myself~
Now to be fair this is a product I bought a long time ago but do still use. I have bought endless corkscrews, mostly cheap ones that usually snap. Even though I already have this Lever Arch Corkscrew I still continue to buy others, I guess I can never have to many corkscrews, I would hate to find myself without one, especially if I had an unopened bottle of wine within reaching distance. I am actually quite impressed with how long this corkscrew has lasted, but I have looked after it and kept it clean etc. It still opens my bottles of wine in exactly the same way as it always did.
The corkscrew is metal, it has no nasty cheap plastic parts that are going to snap off. It also has quite a bit of weight to it. It can be used to remove any cork from a bottle, with that I mean it will remove imitation/plastic corks as well. The actual part that screws into the cork has an extremely sharp end and so because of this I always make sure it is safely put away after use, not that I have any small children running about the house but even so it is an extremely dangerous implement to leave lying around.
It is called a lever corkscrew because of the two levers either side of it, these I obviously use to pull down once the screw is fully inserted into the cork, which of course helps to ease the cork from the bottle. But it doesn't always go as smoothly as that, I have had times when I couldn't get the cork out, when I somehow manage to get the thing stuck half way. In the beginning it was easier for me to use this corkscrew, but since developing RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) I have found it more and more difficult to use, but luckily I have hubby on standby to help. So initially this corkscrew is quite easy to use and for those of you who are fortunate enough not to have any such ailments it should continue to be an easy product to use.
~Something extra thrown in~
On the top of the corkscrew is a bottle opener, which is a rather handy idea since I drink bottled cider quite often, this I can manage to do for myself, well most the time anyway. Personally I think this corkscrew was a very good buy, unfortunately I don't remember how much I paid for it but because of the excellent quality of these kind of corkscrews, I would recommend this product to anyone who drinks wine, not necessarily this particular corkscrew but any corkscrew of a similar kind as long as it is a heavy duty one, they seem to be the best in my opinion and they can be bought from a lot of different places, I know Amazon are currently selling them starting from around £5.00 upwards.
I have to give this Lever Arch Corkscrew 5 stars simply for the longevity and continued good performance it provides.
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