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Has anyone used these on older bottles 20 years+? I have several bottles I'd like to open in that range and a corkscrew will generally just chew through the middle of the cork. Sure could benefit from someone's experience here before plopping down my money. Thanks!
Its fun to see the gas hover in the bottle after the cork is removed. One of the foil cutter wheels broke off mine after about 90 cork pops, but it is still usable. As you learn how little gas is needed you can increase the number of uses per cartridge.
This is the best wine opener on the market! If you didn't like it...then you didn't use the product correctly. I have opened 100's of bottles and never had one explode like the other customer said. Very little gas is needed to push the cork out, but the needle has to put in the center and pushed down below the cork for the opener to work. Other then those tips, its a breeze!
On some bottles, pressure will not build and the cork won't come out. I assume the cork is porous or not tightly sealed. When it does work it is great & the cork lifts right out. Have had to use corkscrew on some bottles.
Pros: is great for getting old corks out of the bottle with minimal damage Cons (and there are many): 1) can't tell how much air is left so always need to bring or have a replacement air cartridge with you. 2) Only handles about 20 bottles and the air cartridges are $4-$5 each (depending on where you buy them) plus shipping so this is expensive for a bar or restaurant to use. 3) Cannot use this on anything larger than a standard 0.750 size bottle (so no magnums, etc.) -- the plastic hood is too rigid and will not bend enough to handle bigger bottles. 4) if one inadvertently applies too much air, the cork comes out and the wine follows like a geyser and goes everywhere (staining clothes, table cloths, walls,etc.) -- this could be dangerous if the bottle glass is weak and breaks or explodes under the pressure.
I bought two of these for two family members' Christmas gifts . We tried both of them, and they work great! Both people whom we got these for, have always had problems with screw-type wine opener, but this makes it much easier for them. I would recommend this to anyone who either has a tough time with regular wine bottle openers, or would like something a little different to add to their wine cabinet. :)
for shorter corks, its awesome!!! But, they should have made the needle just a little longer, as some longer corks are too long for the needle to penetrate fully. I think that is what James P. is encountering when his corks wouldn't come out. Also, the hole isn't at the end of the needle, its on the side a little from the end. You get about 49mm of usable needle penetration, if your cork is longer than that then its a crapshoot. And finally, they put a stupid plastic shroud around the area where the needle contacts the cork, which sometimes further limits the available penetration range because it contacts the bottle glass around the perimeter of the cork. I ground that off mine with a belt grinder to gain a bit more access. Very poor engineering, without the shroud and 5mm more needle length this would be perfect, but as it is its a compromise that sometimes works, sometimes doesn't.
I bought this opener to remove corks from 25-30 year old bottles whose corks are beginning to soften. I have used it successfully on old corks as well as on new, hard synthetic corks. I have opened only a few bottles, so time will tell.
I had an earlier model and managed to stab myself with the recoil. This one protects you but the foil cutter is iffy. You need to be careful drawing the cork because it will spray wine about if you are not careful.
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