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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 20:31

How to open a bottle of wine WITHOUT a corkscrew!

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After Megan and I had finished swimming for the day at a friend’s cottage (ie the impending thunderstorm chased us out of the water!) we decided to relax and open a bottle of wine. The only problem being that the rose we had bought had a cork, and we had no corkscrew as I’d misplaced my trusty yellow scaled Compact after our last trip. Luckily I have since found it, but that didn’t help us then!

Going without wine wasn’t an option, so I had to dust off an old trick that Tim Leatherman himself taught me. I’d say that he would be proud of me for remembering it, but as the only tool I had was a SOG PowerLock, I think the shine might come off that a bit…

I chose the partially serrated blade for this operation, feeling that the teeth might help provide the necessary traction.


Blades are sharp, and there is great potential for breaking your tool or injuring yourself badly. Take all the precautions you can, and if you try it, you are on your own- you can’t blame me because you tried something I talked about on the internet!

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 1) After removing the foil from the top of the bottle, carefully drive the blade into the cork. Go very slowly or you may drive the cork into the bottle. You don’t want that.    






Opening wine with a SOG PowerLock

2) Once the blade is sunk almost all the way to the base, gently twist the tool to unseat the cork.

3) While you are twisting, slowly pull the blade out of the bottle, and the cork should come with it.





Megan Enjoying the Wine!

This may not work 100% of the time, but then, neither will a corkscrew- it’s the nature of a material like cork to behave differently depending on the consistency of the cork, how it is stored etc. It worked for us that time, on a synthetic cork, and we both enjoyed the fruit of the SOG PowerLock’s labor!





<Editorial Note> I'd like to apologize for my appearance above- normally I try to have as little nudity as possible in my photos, but we had literally just come out of the lake, and the cabin was hot!

Grant Lamontagne

As the founder of Multitool.org Grant has been a collector of Swiss Army Knives and multitools for over 25 years, and a user for over 40 years. 

With a day job working in the field, either out in the woods or on industrial sites, Grant uses tools every day for all manner of different purposes.

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