Parts of a Corkscrew

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Parts of a Corkscrew
Corkscrews have been used for 100 years. (corkscrew image by Zbigniew Nowak from

Corkscrews are essential in the removal of the cork in a wine bottle. The simplest corkscrew, the waiter's corkscrew, was first patented by Carl Wienke in 1882. It is over 100 years old, and yet has not changed one bit.

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The Handle

The handle is the thickest part of the corkscrew. It can be made out of many different materials, but the most common are wood, plastic and metal.

Parts of a Corkscrew
The handle is often made out of wood. (old corkscrew image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from

The Spiral

Also known as the "worm," the spiral is twisted into, and provides leverage to the handle, in order to remove the cork. Spirals are made out of metal.

Parts of a Corkscrew
The twisted metal helix is known as the "worm" or more commonly, the "spiral." (corkscrew screw image by jimcox40 from

The Foil Cutter

The foil cutter removes the metal that covers the top of the wine bottle with minimal effort.

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