History: Mechanical corkscrews

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Mechanical corkscrews, are designed to reduce the amount of physical effort required during the three manœuvres of piercing, pulling, and disposing of the cork. Mechanical hand-held corkscrews can never be used with the rapidity of an efficient wall- or bar-mounted mechanical instrument, although the modern hand-held Lever Pull, really a miniature bar-screw in concept, can be used at remarkable speed.