This waiter's key corkscrew is all we've ever known — it's what waiters use tableside in restaurants. Below, our step-by-step instructions to using this inexpensive gadget... Just like a pocket knife, a waiter's key has a fold out blade to cut off the foil around the top of the cork. Run the blade all the way around......and off comes the foil. Then pull down the corkscrew and center it in the cork. Twist. Once the corkscrew is all the way down, bend the notched lever down so that the end grabs on to the edge of the bottle top. That'll anchor the corkscrew as you pull out the cork. Our waiter's key is a little old and wonky, so we often have to screw the corkscrew deeper into the cork to get the full extension of the lever necessary to pull it out. There's still a little wiggling involved at the very end. And, you're finished! We assume you need no instructions on how to pour.
FYI, a waiter's key is extremely inexpensive — save the money you'd spend on a fancy opener and upgrade your wine instead.
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Republished from article originally posted on July 2, 2008
(Images: Elizabeth Passarella)