Corkscrew uses?????????????

Mykl Clark

Feb 19, 2000
I just got my second Victorinox yesterday, a Tinker, and it got me to thinking about Corkscrews. What real uses are there for this tool anymore (I never drink and opening wine bottles is not something I'll ever do) other making for a nifty little storage place for the eyeglass screwdriver (BEST one I've EVER used) on my SwissChamp? Is this tool just used more in Europe or do they know something that I don't. This time I bought one without a corkscrew but next time I may get the Huntsman and just stick an eyeglass screwdriver in it. Any suggestions on possible uses would be great!!!

Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get me.
As a holder for the eyeglass screwdriver is good enough for me. You can turn a phillips head with the corner of the screwdriver/bottle opener. It's just a matter of which serves YOUR purposes better.

It is originated from the Good Old World where, as weird as it sounds, a good bottle of wine was (and still should be) an essential part of a picnic or any outdoor trip. That is when a corkscrew becomes essential. Since the elevated mood oftentime turned into more hectic amorous activities, the corkscrew became a gentleman's inseparable accessory or fith limb if you wish.
The knife industry appropriately recognized the need and rushed to the help of these sophisticated gentlemen. Due to our European loyalty to traditions, many knives are still outfitted with this ancient tool of the mankind. Viva la Europe!!!!
Now, thanks to the heresy of you, New Worlders, modern life is sprinkled with McDonald's and screw cap beer bottles! Only under these circumstances might one forget about the ancient tool.

HM, son of the Old World


I keep an SAK in the kitchen just to open the wine. Screw those fancy cork pullers! I use a SAK when I want true satisfaction without worries. Never failed me yet. But HM's use was certainly novel, and new to me. Using a SAK to screw? Hm mmmmmmmmm

Paracelsus, feeling Randy
Although more ingenious applications in the hand of a virtuoso are not excluded, I meant mainly to screw the CORK!!!!!
Before we would open up a can of worms........


Wine isn't the only thing that requires a cork screw to open. Some beers do. Some vinegars do too.

But, if you find the corkscrew completely useless in your life, they why carry it around? If you like your SAK otherwise, but just have no use for the corkscrew, then have a custom maker replace that screw with a tool you can use. That will, of course, depend on what you do in your life. I once had the leather punch on a Leatherman PST replace with a T20 Torx driver when I worked for a company where a substantial portion of our products were held together with T20 screws. This enabled me to win a bet that I couldn't take one of our products apart with just my Leatherman. Of course, I carefully clarified the bet before accepting it. "Now, let's get this straight: you're betting lunch at Speedy Linguine that I can't take THIS product apart with MY Leatherman Tool, THIS Leatherman Tool right here?" As I recall, it was Linguine in a White Clam Sauce.

Think W!

Balisongs -- because it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!
To steer back the topic to more mundane uses of the corkscrew, I used corkscrews all the time to drill a hole on a coconut (you know the three softer spots at one end) to get out its milk. After that I wrapped it into a plastic bag and smashed to the floor to finish it off.

Hope it will make less confusion than my earlier post

I've used my corkscrew to lift an item that was wedged in a box or container, using the corkscrew to screw down the side and then lift the item up, worked pretty good, better than wedgeing a knifeblade in and possibly cutting or ruining the item or the blade.

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I have a Swiss friend who was in the Swiss Army during WWII. He has a collection of SAK's (real ones) that go back to the 30's. The main difference is that the handles were a sort of burnt orange, and they had only two blades and a screwdriver and can opener on them. The corkscrew was found only on the SAK's issued to the officers. Enlisted men had to find their own corkscrews.

BTW, in California, each new child is given a corkscrew at birth. Ask a Native Californian if he has a corkscrew, and he will reply, 'Is this a trick question?' I always carry several. As well as wine glasses. One never knows when one will stumble upon tipple.

HM---You wrapped your SAK in a plastic bag and smashed against the floor??? Seems kinda pointless to me

Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get me.
Y'know, just when I thought there was no reason to own a SAK anymore, HM goes and pulls one out of
I find the corkscrew also quite handy for undoing knots in strings, ropes etc. without damaging the rope or string.

I've seen many cork screws twisted into logs or trees at scout camp then broken off. Great BSA pastime.


[This message has been edited by Steve Koski (edited 11-21-2000).]