corkscrews are also called “T” corkscrews due to their typical
are realized in three parts:
The worm or screw.
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
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.
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.
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
worm or screw:
very much to say about, but I suggest a little tour in the rubric worms/screws