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These corkscrews are also called “T” corkscrews due to their typical shape.

They are realized in three parts:

A. The handle.

B. The shaft

C. The worm or screw.

From a practical point of view, they all have the disadvantage that they need a considerable effort to remove the cork from the neck of the bottle. Their action is only to screw in the cork. No additional mechanism is easing the removal of the cork.

To resolve this problem, man has developed a lot of technical improvements. (See other categories)

The handle :

The handle is used to offer a good grip so that the corkscrew can easily be screwed into the cork. Afterwards, the handles must be strong enough to support the traction to remove the cork.

All shapes of handles are imagined and artists are using these handles as a support for their art, sometimes without taking into consideration the essential ergonomic need of the handle. The most commonly used material in the world is wood because it is cheap, hard, easy to shape with a turning-lathe and pleasant to touch. Almost all essences were used, like pear-tree, apple-tree, walnut, but also ebony, rosewood, wild cherry-tree, beech, etc … Horn, ivory, bone, steel, aluminum, silver, gold, pewter and later synthetic materials as bakelite and other plastics were also used.

Lots of accessories were added to handles: amongst the more important, let’s quote the brush which was used to remove the dust or the small pieces of wax from the neck of the bottle; a cutting blade in shape of hook was used to cut the iron wires and seals.

The Shaft :

Elle est l'intermédiaire entre la poignée et la vrille et empêche le bouchon d'aller plus loin. Souvent la tige et la vrille sont extraite d'une même pièce métallique et se confondent. Cette simplification assure dès lors, la solidité du tire-bouchon.

Elle peut être de forme simple ou en balustre en fonction du courant de l'époque.

The worm or screw:

Not very much to say about, but I suggest a little tour in the rubric worms/screws


 

 
   
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