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?
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.