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#20075 - 10/14/03 07:58 PM Re: Questions for the Blade-Obsessed

Why do most SAKs continue to come with a corkscrew?

Let us remind ourselfs, what does SAK stand for? Swiss Army Knife. That's Swiss Army. Almost a contradiction in terms. Seeing as they won't be doing any fighting, what else is there to do but drink wine? There's your answer <img src="images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />.

#20076 - 10/14/03 10:34 PM Re: Questions for the Blade-Obsessed
Eugene Offline
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Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2841
I grew up in the country where a lot of people drink. I had an uncle who only drinks beer, I have never seen him drink anything else. But he is the only person I have ever felt confortable drinking beer, he had built up such a tolerance to it that it had no effect on him. Moveing to the city I see the people there are no smarter than the backwards counrty folk they poke fun at because they drink and get drunk just as much, only they do it with expensive wine instead of beer. Maybe us backward country folk arn't as dumb afetr all <img src="images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

#20077 - 10/14/03 11:33 PM Re: Questions for the Blade-Obsessed
Chris Kavanaugh Offline
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Registered: 02/09/01
Posts: 3824
An army so well trained,equipped and geographically secure nobody will fight it can put anything they want on their knives. In pre war europe a young swiss read Mien Kampf, promptly bought a 7.65 pocket pistol and stalked Hitler. He actually came close to shooting him when a group of children surrounded der Fuhrer for a photo op. Shortly afterwards he was arrested and executed by the gestapo. Hilter banned all performances of The William Tell Overture.

#20078 - 10/15/03 02:24 AM Re: I understand the corkscrew....
Trusbx Offline

Registered: 01/16/02
Posts: 397
Loc: Ed's Country
Yes, about that hook thing.
I have never understood it as well, but you can use it to pull open a stubborn can lid or undo a tight knot (you can also use the corkscrew). I have never tried to carry a parcel with it though.... <img src="images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />


#20079 - 10/15/03 02:52 AM Re: I understand the corkscrew....

>>>or undo a tight knot <<<
I thought that's what the blade was for <img src="images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

#20080 - 10/15/03 02:34 PM Re: Questions for the Blade-Obsessed

Has anyone noticed that you're probably more likely these days to have a bottle that requires the corkscrew, than a bottle that requires the cap lifter, or a can that requires the can opener?

We keep a can opener in a kitchen drawer, and another with the emergency gear (not counting a dozen or so P38s in kits), but I can't recall the last time we needed it.

Seems likely that both of those implements will be obsolete curiosities before the wine industry gives up on corks.

#20081 - 10/15/03 02:39 PM Re: Questions for the Blade-Obsessed
Tjin Offline

Registered: 04/08/02
Posts: 1774
well, corked wine bottle's are getting rarer to these days, the most newer stuff are twist caps. they are cheaper, have no diffrent effect than cork, easyier to open...

#20082 - 10/15/03 04:31 PM Re: Questions for the Blade-Obsessed
frenchy Offline

Registered: 12/18/02
Posts: 1320
Loc: France
have no diffrent effect than cork

I am no wine expert, but I wouldn't say that...

I know that many wines bootled in California and other parts of the world, now have plastic "corks" instead of traditional corks. This is mainly to prevent the wine to smell and taste "corky" (??!!??) if you understand what I mean ... so less bottles (and less money ...) are wasted.
But a plastic cap is totally impermeable ; a traditional cork let some contact (a very small contact indeed) between air and wine. And this is necessary for most good wines to mature/age well.

I guess if you want to know more about that subject, you will have to ask a wine expert (there is no translation for "oenologue" in my e-dictionnary ...).
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#20083 - 10/15/03 05:12 PM Re: I used my SAK just today
Craig Offline

Registered: 11/13/01
Posts: 1784
Loc: Collegeville, PA, USA
I love how those things have KEYS. Like I'm going to steal toilet paper. Diamonds, maybe. Gold ingots, perhaps. But toilet paper? I mean, cripes, people.

Why are janitorial staffers somehow reluctant to keep the dispensers stocked or to restock them?

That's a question for the ages.

#20084 - 10/15/03 05:48 PM Re: Questions for the Blade-Obsessed

I confess, this whole turn that the thread has taken surprises me.

I buy wine frequently, and not infrequently experiment with new labels, and I have yet to see a plastic "cork". I remember seeing screw caps on some in the '70s, but not on anything I'd recommend drinking...

I've seen plastic "corks" on some domestic "Chapagne", but, so far, not wine.

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