Cheap good wine key

While preparing for the service exam, I became painfully aware of the jagged edges created by the pathetic blade on my old faithful cheap double hinge pulltab corkscrew.  I read the code 38 thread and noticed someone mentioned Coutale Sommelier.  I purchased one with high hopes. The blade is fantastic and I like the slightly heavier feel.  Unfortunately the worm is too thin and short. And if you encounter a long cork, you can't even screw it down all the way because the double hinged arm will not work!  It works fine for a normal bottle, but any brittle old cork does not stand a chance.  Does anyone know of a relatively (or very) cheap double hinge, sharp blade, Teflon coated larger/longer wormed corkscrew?  I stay with cheap corkscrews because  allocate my wine dollars to bottles and not openers.

Alternatively, is it possible for a watch repairman to remove the blade from the Coutale or the worm from a pulltab and switch them?  that would be the perfect solution IMO.

When not in an exam, i could care less about my corkscrew and I take pride in using the worst one I can find, but in an exam I don't want to deal with a corkscrew that is less than perfect.  


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  • While not exactly cheap, and lacking a double hinge, a friend recommended Cartailler Deluc.  Manufactured by the factory that does Laguiole and uses a Laguiole worm, which is really big.  Knife has mini serrations, and I now understand that single hinge is fine if it is designed well. The body of the corkscrew is slim, but it has a heavy feel to it.  Since shipping is ridiculous but constant, it is worth picking up a few.

    Although I could not find any available in this country, there is also a version that uses screws to fasten the blade and the worm, so they can be replaced... I have been told Laguiole worms break.  If anyone knows where to buy one of these (and the replacement parts) stateside, please let me know!

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