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By: David Gillaspie 2/20/2013
I actually "invented" this device many years ago for my own use when faced with extracting challenging corks from older bottles of wine often with challenging corks. I took the screw portion of a 2-piece manual Screwpull (very fashionable at the time) and combined it with an Ah-So. Well, the Durand does exactly this in fine fashion as a beautifully crafted cork extractor. Don't baulk at the price. If you are opening fine older wines, I know of no more indispensible tool. It's simply a must-have device for any serious wine collector!
By: Tom Regner 1/20/2012
I was gifted with one of these nifty devices, and I was impressed at once with the craftsmanship and overall design. I recognized at once that it was a good idea... but would it work? My coterie of wine friends (who call ourselves Pompous Twits) have, among them, many older wines that they share for special gatherings or for gifts. So, I have had several opportunities to use my new toy, and in each instance, it worked perfectly. Whereby I have always sworn by the common two-pronged ah-so openers for older wines, there are times, such as with a wet and slippery cork, that it has difficulty finding a purchase on the cork, or ends up pushing the cork into the bottle. The worm screw on the Durand prevents this unfortunate occurance and keeps the cork in place while the ah-so portion allows easy extraction. It is a fine device for old wine lovers, and makes a terrific gift for friends whose older wines you would really like them to share with you!