Just in time for the holidays, an Italian manufacturer of high-end bicycle components, Campagnolo has released a limited-edition gold-plated version of its Big Corkscrew. Available for 1,950 euros (around $2000), the product comes in either 18-karat Rose Gold or 24-karat Gold variants. To prevent incorrect extraction of the cork from leaving residue in the wine, the Campagnolo Big corkscrew is designed so that the screw self-centers on the cork, providing optimal extraction every time.
The company’s founder Tullio Campagnolo was an Italian racing cyclist and inventor who patented the quick-release skewer and the parallelogram-style rear derailleur. In 1966, after hurting his hand trying to open a bottle of wine, he designed a new, improved corkscrew.
This small mechanical jewel features a self-centering telescopic bell that positions the screw exactly in the centre of the cork. Once the screw has been inserted, the two levers make the cork come out easily. No more broken glass, or a need to jerk the bottle also the device prevents raising up the sediments that are typical of aged wine. Furthermore, the corkscrew is designed to never puncture the lower part of the cork, stopping pieces of cork from falling into the wine. This tool is created in the same plant as the components for high-range bicycles. The 2 levers are fastened to the body of the corkscrew using screws deriving from the Super Record crankset from the 70s.
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