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Parts of a Corkscrew

Updated July 20, 2017

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.

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.

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.

The Foil Cutter

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

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Martita Veguilla has been writing self-help articles since 2005. She has been published in "Art Nouveau" magazine. She received a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and sociology at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, where she still resides.