Like a drill or a spatula, you probably don\u2019t think very much about the corkscrew except when it fails you. But remember, using this device is the first step in your amazing wine journeys. So, shouldn\u2019t it hold a little more beauty and excitement? We think so. That\u2019s why we embrace the growing trend among wine lovers (not just collectors) who are now using these ornate antiques for those special bottles. To find yours, check antique shops, eBay and\u00a0Collector Corkscrews. Here\u2019s everything you need to know about wine\u2019s all-important tool.\r\n\r\n\r\nCorks come from the tree of the same name, so it\u2019s logical to assume that with every bottle you buy, you\u2019re slowly slashing away forests with 1\u00be-inch whacks. Happily, nothing could be further from the truth. That\u2019s because cork is harvested only from the bark, which regenerates quickly. (These towering giants can live as long as 200 years.) \u00a0To see for yourself check out this video. According to the\u00a0Rainforest Alliance a harvested cork oak tree can absorb five times more carbon dioxide than an unharvested tree. And the 6.6 million acres of cork trees\u2014spread mostly throughout Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, Italy and France\u2014supports the highest diversity of plants anywhere on earth. Put another way, every time you pop a real cork, you\u2019re helping the environment.\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to Use a Corkscrew\r\nRelax\r\nCorks break on the best sommeliers more often than you think. Here\u2019s how to prevent it (most of the time) and what to do when your cork-crumble number is up.\r\n Center It\r\nYou already know the key to clean cork popping is drilling down dead center. If you\u2019re ripping yours to shreds on the regular\u2014and assuming your tip is sharp\u2014your twisting needs tweaking. First, it\u2019s not in the wrist. Instead, your arm, wrist and hand should move as one.\r\n\r\nSecond, make smaller turns; big twists can sabotage staying straight. Third, if corks continue to break on you, stand the bottle on a flat surface and place the tip in the center. As you drive down, don\u2019t twist. Instead, turn the bottle with your other hand.\r\n Pull Don\u2019t Push\r\nWhen it breaks, don\u2019t be so quick to push it in. Introducing more of the cork to the wine only ups the risk of taint. Remove what you can and try it again on what remains.\r\n Strain Smarter\r\nTo remove cork crumbs, skip the cheesecloth and coffee filter. They may be clean or sterile, but they can affect the flavor of the juice. Your best bet: Pour it through a clean and thoroughly rinsed stainless-steel mesh strainer.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nA Timeline of Corkscrew History\r\n1681\u2014First mention of the corkscrew. Referred to as a steel worm, the primitive design was likely crafted by gunsmiths who used similar tools for cleaning their musket barrels.\r\n\r\n1795\u2014British Reverend Samuel Henshall earned the first corkscrew patent. The device featured a wooden handle and a cap at the top of the metal worm, which restricted how far the screw drilled into the cork.\r\n\r\n1829\u2014The first Laguiole knife is handmade in Laguiole, the iconic corkscrew being added to the handle later in 1880. It remains the most popular opener among sommeliers.\r\n\r\n1882\u2014Carl Wienke of Germany invented the sommelier knife: a compact, single-lever corkscrew, fitted with a blade for removing the wine bottle\u2019s protective capsule.\r\n\r\n1888\u2014James Healy of England created the A1 Double Lever, or winged corkscrew, with two retractable arms for removing the cork.\r\n\r\n1920\u2014Made in France by Marie Jules Leon Bart, the Zig-Zag corkscrew was known for its accordion-like design.\r\n\r\n1976\u2014The screwcap, or Stelvin closure, was commercially introduced in Australia.\r\n\r\n1979\u2014Engineer Herbert Allen of Houston devised the Screwpull\u2014a great advancement in corkscrew technology. It had a Teflon-coated worm, which made entering and exiting the cork easier.\r\n\r\n1990\u2014Winemakers turned to synthetic corks as alternative closures not susceptible to cork taint.\r\n\r\n1992\u2014Sandor Bocsi and George Spector received a patent for the electric corkscrew.\r\n\r\n2000\u2014The Metrokane Rabbit corkscrew\u00a0was released.\r\n\r\n2013\u2014Medical device inventor Greg Lambrecht released Coravin, which boasts a thin, hollow needle that allows wine to be removed from a bottle without dislodging the cork.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nCork Dork Facts\r\n\r\n \tRob Higgs built the world\u2019s largest corkscrew. Powered by a crank, the five-foot-three-inch contraption not only opens bottles, but it also pours and serves the wine.\r\n \tA corkscrew collector is known a helixophile.\r\n \tElite helixophiles have their own private group, the International Correspondence Of Corkscrew Addicts.\r\n \tThere are several corkscrew museums, including Brother Timothy\u2019s Collection at the Culinary Institute of America in California; Mus\u00e9e du Tire-Bouchon in M\u00e8nerbes, France; and Museo de la Cultura del Vino in La Rioja, Spain.\r\n \tFrance\u2019s Alain Dorotte earned the Guinness World Record in 2001 for being the fastest bottle opener. Using a T-handled corkscrew,\u00a0he cracked 13 bottles in 60 seconds.