I want to gear up from my regular do the job corkscrew to a higher-top quality one, as they are a lifetime used
As I know the top ones in the market those days are Code38 and Chateau Laguiole with the Grand Cru series at the top.
Are there any other brands and manufacturers that are recommended?
Ive been using a Henkle for a few years now. I really like it. The best part is the knife, nice length and really sharp. Holds its edge for quite some time as well. They are not too expensive at about $40 a pop. I have also used a Laguiole extensively on the floor, they have a nice feel but arent as practical for regular use on busy nights. I have had my eye on a Durand for quite a while, although I dont think you'd want to use it on every bottle, so probably not practical for regular use.
They aren't expensive or anything, but I love my Epic Rialto. The rubber grip is great for when things get slippery. 2-3 years of heavy use and the knife gets dull, but at the price they are painless to replace.
I use a Coutale Sommelier Prestige currently, and it is great. Knife is super sharp, corkscrew is very sturdy, and it has a nice weight to it that I really like. I've probably opened 5000 bottles with it so far and it still seems brand new. It also looks great with the rosewood finish. I also use a monopol ah-so for older bottles, which is absolutely great.
Nothing compares to construction, execution, and feel of the Code 38. I would definitely recommend spending the money if you're in the market for a fancier key. My whole team at the restaurant uses them. They're expensive, but worth the spend. If not that, never seen a need for anything between a Pulltap and a code 38. I think the Laguiole's have a chunky feel for the action on the worm and the knife is weirdly long.
I use an older Code, circa 2012 or so, and have never replaced anything, but I'm considering finding a way to get the knife sharpened. If I feel like spoiling myself, the P-Type stealth is pretty amazing. I bought one for my significant other and she adores it.
A Durand is a must for any situation where you're regularly opening 20+ year old wine. I know you can open it with a regular ah-so, but the degree to which the Durand is more dependable and accurate saves so much time on the floor.
I really like the Pulltaps Toledo. A little on the heavy side but looks great and works well. I have been using it for about 4 years without any problems.
I have the zwilling as well and it’s the only one I’ve used since I got my first one 5+ years ago
For an inexpensive corkscrew, I love the Pulltex Pullparrot, it is what I suggest for staff who don't want to sink a lot of money into an opener, and what I will lend out if they forget theirs. The Code 38 is a work of art, and I have the Peugeot Mathus for a two-prong extractor--the Peugeot is comfortable in my hand and works beautifully for brittle corks. Mine also cuts through foil quite well.
Morgan Harris Thanks for the detailed answer!
I use the Mathus also ! Its got a sexy handle for sure
I use a few Coutale models. Great balance, screw placement, and mechanics. The Sommelier Premium is my favorite for a busy floor. I keep a smaller model for my day to day around my resort. As I do not want to be a sommelier caught with out a wine key lol.
A good ole standard-issue Pulltaps has never steered me wrongexcept in cases of old wines. I'll check out the Code 38 for a Christmas list though :)
I really like Murano wine keys. Very comfortable and easy to use.