Although it resembles a Swiss Army knife, the waiter’s corkscrew does not come equipped with scissors and a toothpick. This handy tool is designed to open wine bottles, and is one of the most popular types of corkscrews among wine service professionals. The waiter’s corkscrew folds open to show a small foil cutter and bottle opener on either side, great for cutting the foil around the neck of a wine bottle, or opening a beer bottle. The metal screw, or worm, opens from the center. From there, the waiter’s corkscrew is used just like a t-shaped corkscrew. Waiter corkscrews are also common among waiters and sommeliers because they are so portable. Like a pocketknife, the waiter can easily flip the corkscrew open to reveal the necessary tools. This frees the waiter from carrying many objects in one pocket.
The waiter’s corkscrew is also very easy to use, much like a t-shaped corkscrew. The advised technique is to pull the corkscrew out of the bottle as straight as possible, as pulling on an angle will make it more difficult to get the cork out. The downside is that there is no base or guide to make sure that the corkscrew is placed in the very center of the cork. However, a little practice with aim can solve that right away.