Cork Screw on SAK

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  1. WoodlandChaplain

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    Cork Screws?

    I get mildly frustrated with multitools that "waste" space with a cork scew.- ie: SAK. I get somewhat less frustrated with bottle cap openers- at least they generally have a screw driver & wire stripper incorporated.

    Aside from carrying bottles of bubbly into the woods, have any of you figured out a practical use for this otherwise useless knife appendage?

    Come on, guys ... there's no more creative bunch on the interweb!
     
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    Leave the bubbly home?! We are not animals! I would no sooner leave it home than the Grey Poupon and caviar. ;)
     
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    Mr. WoodlandChaplain,
    They can be very handy for untying stubborn (jammed) knots.
    Best Wishes
     
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    Out here in NorCal we're livin' the Dirt Bag Wine Country Lifestyle, living off the underbelly and trimmings of the wine industry, so a corkscrew is crucial gear in the edc. You never know what you can glean.
    If you're not so lucky, maybe the best thing is to sell or offload the SAK with the corkscrew and get one of the many fine ones without. Cheers!
     
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    It can work as an awl in a pinch, not the best but it will work

    Bob
     
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    As a myopic misfit, I appreciate that the corkscrew on my Victorinox can hold a tiny screwdriver to fit the small screws of my eyeglass frames. I have also seen the corkscrew used as a way to untie knots.

    The SAK is great because it can be used when unexpected emergencies come up. If I happen to be at a state dinner where the French ambassador brings a bottle of vintage wine, I will at least be ready. :4: You never know.....it could happen.:14:
     
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    Beat me to it.
     
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    And no twist-off bottle caps out here. So the bottle opener may be the part I use most.
     
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    Cork? I thought that was for extracting the center sausage from a can of Viennas.
     
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    Ive screwed it into a dead tree opened the small blade when rigging parachute shelters or making line kits as a makeshift cutting station,or screwed it in a dead tree and stuck a candle in the other open blade.screw it in a dead tree and hang your coat or binos.Rarely use it for wine but Ive found em pretty handy.Have stored that little screwdiver in one for years that's a good tinder pick...Just don't forget it after using it, but you really have to want to loose stuff after you really rely on things awhile lol
     
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    The corkscrew on my SAK also comes in handy if you are using a tent and one of the pole ends get jammed into the dirt/mud. The corkscrew is about the perfect size for fitting into the aluminum joint and removing the mud.
     
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    Its funny, now I won't buy a SAK unless it has a corkscrew. I can't tell you how many times I've been in the woods and actually needed a corkscrew, and not a phillips screwdriver!
     
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    Hell I've used it a number of times myself. Had to make a new hole in a belt when I had lost a few pounds hey it was a nice belt lol. Seriously though if ya don't have an awl they make a great reamer. Just grab yourself a farmer if ya don't want the corkscrew personally I do like them and the scissors that's one thing I wish they had on the farmer
     
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    I keep a real corkscrew in my bag for when D is along, because that generally means there's also a bottle of wine along. I don't want one on my knife. Most of the time its the wrong tool for an awl or marlin spikes job and wasted uncomfortable space on the scales.
     
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    if you have access to a welder, and its not too cheap of metal, I have always wanted to replace one with a small auger bit! having somthing that can make nice symmetrical holes would be nice, albeit heavy. I love wood working in the woods!
     
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    A corkscrew, I hate using them for wine corks. But I've saved many parties with my truck SAK.
     
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    Perhaps this is why there's so many models of SAK, one for everyone! I use the ones with Phillips on them, never needed it in the woods, but fixed the truck more than once with it.
     
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    Winner! ^^^^
     
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    it really does a good job getting rid of people on the trail that are a bother.....................................................................:dblthumb:
     
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    Good one!
     
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    Has anyone found an alternative use for the cork screw on a Swiss Army Knife?
    It bothers me to carry it, when I have never used it. I feel like cutting it off.
    Terry
     
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    why cut it off when the knife will take up the same amount of space? You can drill holes with it, you can make the knife into a t-handle on the end of a stick....if you cut it off, you will find a use for it after it is too late.....never know, you might score a date with a bigfoot woman in the woods and need to pop a cork on a bottle of fine wine
     
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    I know people use them to untie knots.. but yeah I think they just need to quit putting them on SAK's
     
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    There was another thread like this recently. Why not use it to open wine bottles? Or next time get one with a screw driver instead.
     
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    I use it to open wine bottles.

    I guess that is weird.
     
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    This^^^. it's one of those tools you don't need until you need it.

    I have opened many wine bottles with sheetrock screws wishing I had a cork screw. Cit it off and I'll bet within a month you will wish you hadn't. Just the way the world works.
     
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    Can not tell you how many times I've reached for a SAK to use the corkscrew, only to find I'm carrying one with a screwdriver instead. Now Ill only buy SAKs with corkscrews.
     
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    What would be gained by removing it? Would something else go in its place? Other than wine, I have used it to untie knots like mentioned above, also it holds a tiny screw driver that came with my Swiss champ.

    Best,
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    In some countries, namely Italy that I know of, you need to have a purpose to carry a knife. Any knife.

    Now what cop in Italy is going to stop you from carrying a knife with a corkscrew?


    A member here, Crafter, had a knife maker in Italy make him a nice bushcraft knife. It has a fold out corkscrew in the handle.

    [​IMG]
     
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    hello,
    :15: In support of the humble SAK cork screw uses.. first use to start arguments on Bushcraft forums :34:
    opens corked bottles :4: untie knots, screw it into a tree not too deep extract/tap sap, staple remover, bicycle tire valve tool, holds the micro SAK screwdriver, pick *FOD out of tires cleats in shoes (Foreign Object or Debris), mark a pilot hole, as an aid in sewing, push uneven wire through it to straighten out the wire and remove coils or kinks, pulls the drain plug out of a tub where there's no chain, open the corkscrew and screw it tightly into a broomstick-thickness stick-now open the blade tie it securely voila a survival spear for fishing, Corkscrew + a metal lid = a filter or wire mesh for cooking, pull shoestrings tight or help loosen them, O-ring remover for your flashlights, pry out partially-exposed nails, open just a small hole in a coconut, BTW the corkscrew can hold a ferro rod, undo zip ties without breaking them.. phew :35: I rest my case LOL.
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    I use mine for knot work. Several wraps around the 2nd and 3rd full circle of the screw and pull tight, turn the point into a knot like a marlin spike or stitching fid and the most used while hanging with my wife is the "as built" wine bottle opener.
     
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    I may be living in a fantasy, but, I always had this dream of coming around the corner on some lonely trail, high in the Sangre de Cristos and find a beautiful, naked woman sitting on a log, with a bottle of wine, who would then ask, "Ya gotta cork screw?" I would respond, "Yeah, just happens that I do."

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    As a Spaniard I specifically buy them with a corkscrew and many time out has been used for its intended purpose. Also carry the mini screw driver, a little rare earth magnet stuck to the knife in the voids of the threads and a pin in the tiny hole by the base of it.
     
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    I find the corkscrew much more useful than the parcel carrier that is found on my huntsman.
     
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    I get that tons of people love their corkscrew....but I can't be the only one who cannot think of a time where I have said to myself "I wish I had a corkscrew on my SAK"

    I think the difference maw be that I only carry a SAK in the woods.

    How many of the SAK + cork screw enthusiasts are bringing bottles of wine in the woods on overnights and day hikes in the bush? I don't mean while car camping.

    As for the alternative uses for the cork screw, those are covered by other items on my SAK or multitool.

    For me, the bush value of a corkscrew doesn't outweigh the discomfort in using a SAK with a corkscrew.

    To the OP. I wouldn't remove the corkscrew, I would just sell or trade for a configuration that you like better.
     
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    I've been to "sophisticated" parties where someone forgot a corkscrew. I had the only one on my SAK....just saying..
     
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    I use it to pull out wax plugs from my ears...
     
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    That may indeed be the difference in the opinions on this thread. The corkscrew is more useful in EDC than in the woods. I carry the SAK daily; it is not my primary woods knife.
     
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    These posts amuse me. Victorinox is pleased to offer pretty much whatever you want in different models. The Tinker is one of the most popular models and has a #2 crosspoint driver, the Tourist replaces the driver with a corkscrew - take your choice. Other models are similar.

    Same with the saw blade that adds a layer of width, a fraction of an ounce and $4-5. The Hiker is a Tinker with a saw, while the Camper is a Tourist with a saw. If you like the Farmer but don't want the saw buy a Pioneer (and neither has a corkscrew).

    Oddly, one of the Official BSA Victorinox knives is the Camper with black scales - and a corkscrew.
     
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    I don't even get invited to parties.... [emoji3]
     
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    More times than I can count.....admittedly I'm weird though. :)
     
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    More than once at someones home they had wine, and assumed it was a screw off type, then found out it had a cork. They were going to go buy a cork screw.

    I told em just use my knife.

    Host /hostess gets this I don't want you to cut out the cork, pieces of it will fall in the wine.

    I laugh and pull out the SAK and open the cork screw.

    Smiles all around.

    Couple of em asked me where to get similar.

    (In days gone by I had to socialize with a bunch of NASA vendors and employees, lot of them do not have a clue about a pocket knife. They can send a ship to the moon, but can't be bothered to carry a SAK.)

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    Swiss Army Fieldmaster

    I've picked up two of the Fieldmasters on the secondary market...CHEAP & in great condition. This has a phillips head instead of a corkscrew.

    There are several models that replace the cork screw
    with a phillips head screwdriver bit. That bit will see more use than a corkscrew for me. There are other tools to untie knots etc....

    Swiss Army Fieldmaster

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    This is about the biggest SAK that I would want to carry around with me. Any more tools really aren't needed and would just be too thick for me.

    Here's the Huntsman, brother to the Fieldmaster with the corkscrew...

    [​IMG]

    Tom
     
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    Not a SAK but I tend to pocket my Case Bartender when I know there will be wine involved :)

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    Have you checked out the Trekker version? It is without corkscrew - 4.375" long closed
    -Large locking blade w/ thumbhole. Available with or without serrations
    -Bottle opener/large screwdriver/wirestripper
    -Can opener/small screwdriver
    -Phillips screwdriver (folds out right in middle to form T handle)
    -Toothpick
    -Tweezers
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    I find that a corkscrew is more useful than a philips screwdriver in the woods. The only thing i carry in the mountains that has a philips screw is the butt plate on my rifle, which i could unscrew with a flathead, if needed. I enjoy a little wine in the mountains. If i could change one thing about my One Handed NS Trekker, wpuld be to add a corkscrew!
     
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    When I travel I usually take along my Swisschamp. I've had the knife for more than 20 years and it has served me well, both in the woods and out. I'm not a wine drinker but I have used the corkscrew to open wine bottles for friends or family and for sparkling cider. I really can't see a reason to cut it off.
     
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    "I really can't see a reason to cut it off."

    I have to agree. What would you gain by cutting it off? It's not really in the way. I do have one SAK with a corkscrew, I don't use it, but I'm not going to cut it off.

    Tom
     
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