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How to use a Double Lever Corkscrew

Double Lever Corkscrew

  • Double lever corkscrews are easy to use; they're lightweight and hold in your hand well.
  • The two-step lever action makes withdrawing the cork from the bottle easy.
  • Most include a small foil cutter.

With lots of different corkscrews available, the double lever bottle opener is the most popular due to its useability. Here we've explained in our guide how to use a double lever corkscrew to help you remove a cork from a wine bottle. 

Wineware's Guide - How to use a Double Lever Corkscrew

  1. You need to hold the bottle of wine, ideally on a flat surface.
  2. Use a foil cutter to cut the foil. We suggest placing the foil cutter underneath the bottle top's ridge, holding it in position, and twisting the bottle with the other hand. This should then separate the foil giving you one piece still on the bottle and the other loose; then remove!
  3. Now insert the screw (worm) into the cork, and rotate the corkscrew into the cork.
  4. Screw into the cork, leaving just two to three spirals showing on the corkscrew (this is to stop piercing the cork at the other end).
  5. Place the lever onto the neck of the bottle, and pull the corkscrew up until the 2nd lever is in line with the bottle's neck.
  6. Now place the 2nd lever onto the neck of the bottle, and repeat the action. You should now release the cork, but a pull on the corkscrew should remove the cork if not.

You can purchase the corkscrew used in the video: Wineware Waiter's Friend Double Lever Corkscrew.

Some of Wineware's selection of Waiter's Friend Corkscrews: