The Everything Guide to the Corkscrew
A few of the more draconian-looking antique openers owned by Fred Kincaid, an avid helixophile and founding member of the International Correspondence of Corkscrew Addicts.
Rob Higgs built the world’s largest corkscrew. Powered by a crank, the five-foot-three-inch contraption not only opens bottles, but it also pours and serves the wine.
A corkscrew collector is known a helixophile.
Elite helixophiles have their own private group, the International Correspondence Of Corkscrew Addicts.
There are several corkscrew museums, including Brother Timothy’s Collection at the Culinary Institute of America in California; Musée du Tire-Bouchon in Mènerbes, France; and Museo de la Cultura del Vino in La Rioja, Spain.
France’s Alain Dorotte earned the Guinness World Record in 2001 for being the fastest bottle opener. Using a T-handled corkscrew, he cracked 13 bottles in 60 seconds.