The waiter's corkscrew is the old, traditional, standard corkscrew. It's used by waiters all around the world when serving wine at restaurants and can be purchased cheaply in almost any wine or kitchen store. The waiter's corkscrew is reminiscent of a pocket knife or Swiss Army knife: on one side is a fold-out spiral screw and on the other a fold-out knife for removing the foil capsule. Covering the screw is a fulcrum arm to help lever the cork out. Some models have a bottle-cap remover as well.
How to Use the Waiter's Corkscrew
- Fold out the spiral screw and fulcrum arm
- Grasp the neck of the wine bottle tightly
- Twist into the cork
- Brace the fulcrum arm on the lip of the wine bottle
- Use fulcrum arm as a lever to pull the cork out of the bottle
- When most of the cork is out, you can twist or wiggle a little to finish it
Advantages to the Waiter's Corkscrew:
- Easy to find
- Very inexpensive
- Simple to use
- Easy to store
- Safe to carry
- Looks professional when you get it right
- Handy for getting out a broken piece of cork still in the neck
Disadvantages of the Waiter's Corkscrew:
- Takes a bit of practice to use well and efficiently (though maybe the opportunity to practice a lot is an advantage?
The waiter's corkscrew is probably the most common and most basic corkscrew available today, and with good reason. It's not that hard to learn how to use and, when you do know how, it works very well. You may find that the Screwpull corkscrew is easier to use, but experience with the waiter's corkscrew will serve you well because there is a good chance that you'll encounter one sooner or later and you may find it easier to take around, for example in your pocket.