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?
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.