I'm in the market for a new corkscrew, so I go into the shop and take a look. At first, I couldn't believe that they are charging $275.00 for this. So I had to talk to the shop owner, I needed to see why a $275.00 corkscrew is better than the $20.00 model at Crate and Barrel.
First, the corkscrew is handcrafted in Campagnolo's own factory in Vincenza. The components of the corkscrew and forged and assembled in the same workshop. I can see how this alone must add to the cost. However, Italian production must mean attention to detail and quality, producing a functional, attractive, strong, product. The durability of Campagnolo is unquestionably unmatched.
The shop owner also mentioned that since the corkscrew is a Campagnolo product, it is completely rebuildable. This alone is a priceless feature, considering how often those factory packed Japanese and American corkscrews break. When this fine Campagnolo corkscrew experiences the wear and tear from multiple years of beloved use, I will be able to replace the needed parts instead of purchasing a new corkscrew.
One of the touted features of the Italian product was its unparalleled smooth action. The shop owner gave me a chance to open a house bottle of wine with the Campagnolo corkscrew (in the parking lot mind you - he didn't want me running off with it, nor spilling it on the shop's carpet). I have to agree the smooth action of the Italian make is far superior to the action of the American and Japanese competitors.
Despite the cost, I am convinced that this is a fine investment. The aesthetics, durability, and action far surpass any and all competitors. Although the shop owner mentioned an electronic version is in development, I think I'll go ahead and pull the trigger on this work of art before someone else picks it up.
If only it came in carbon, then I could save some weight...
Note: CC actually did a review on the corkscrew.
Note 2: I have nothing against Campy