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.
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!