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lavendula Jan 21, 2008 10:54 AM

What do you guys think about the rabbit wine opener?

We desperately need a new corkscrew - any suggestions?

Thanks :)

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  1. Cookiefiend RE: lavendula Jan 21, 2008 11:30 AM

    My son just bought this one for us at Christmas...

    http://www.winestuff.com/acatalog/cop...

    and it works great. Not a Rabbit, but much less expensive.

    1. carswell RE: lavendula Jan 21, 2008 11:32 AM

      While I've never used an actual Rabbit corkscrew, I've tried out many rabbit-type openers. Provided they're well made (definitely not a given and even the well-made ones eventually break), they're fine for non-problematic corks (but not synthetic corks, which strip the Teflon off the worm). That said, the only time I prefer them to a waiter's friend-type corkscrew is when I have a number of bottles to open in a short time, like for a tasting.

      A couple of earlier discussions related to the topic:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/329421
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/383389

      1. Icantread RE: lavendula Jan 21, 2008 01:00 PM

        I've been using a cheaper one called "the bunny" that so far works very very well. Saves a lot of hassle.

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          lavendula RE: Icantread Jan 21, 2008 01:52 PM

          Thanks for the help :) We opted for the:

          Metrokane Rabbit 6-Piece Wine-Tool Kit, Black - found on amazon.

          I'll let you know how it goes :)!

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            TonyO RE: lavendula Jan 21, 2008 03:20 PM

            I opened several hundred (maybe closer to 1,000 +) bottles of wine before having to replace the worm on our rabbit. Well designed, easy to use, and worth the money IMO.

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          whiner RE: lavendula Jan 21, 2008 11:20 PM

          My Bed Bath and Beyond Rabbit Knock-off is wonderful.

          1. Chinon00 RE: lavendula Jan 22, 2008 09:12 AM

            I have a "La Vigna" wine opener which is similiar to the "rabbit" AND COULD SOMEONE TELL ME HOW TO USE IT?! I can easily get the screw into the cork but I can't find any locking mechanism to engage and pull out the cork. The screw comes right back out. PLEASE HELP!

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              Midlife RE: Chinon00 Jan 30, 2008 04:14 PM

              First off.... if you bought a 13 or 15 piece set for about $40 you probably got an opener worth less than 10 bucks, so that may be the start of the problem.

              Openers of this type do not have a locking mechanism. You pull back the lever, wrap the handles around the very top of the bottle (foil removed), hold the handles tightly together and reverse the handle, which plunges the auger into the cork. It's often a good idea to loosen the handles at this point and give the bottle a little twist to be sure the auger is in as far as it can go. Then tighten up on the handles again and pull back on the lever.

              If the auger just pulls out of the cork you may have a very soft cork or a very inexpensive synthetic cork. If neither of those is the case then you probably have a very badly made unit. I use a rather expensive version of the same style opener and it works on 95% of corks (of all types). On the few where it doesn't I just switch to a waiter's friend.

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                JimP2014 RE: Chinon00 Jan 17, 2014 05:48 PM

                did you ever get a reply to this problem?

              2. menuinprogress RE: lavendula Jan 22, 2008 09:54 AM

                I'll occasionally use it if I think a cork is going to be particularly problematic. Other than that, I opt for the ergonomic perfection that is my Pulltap's.

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                  chrisinroch RE: lavendula Jan 30, 2008 05:20 AM

                  I've used them and they work great but I prefer a spring loaded (Double lever) version of the traditional waiter's corkscrew. It's simple, takes up little room in the drawer, travels well, and you never have to replace the screw part.

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                    CrazyOne RE: lavendula Feb 2, 2008 02:42 PM

                    Can't imagine anything being as dead easy as the self-pulling type. This is original Screwpull and the like, although many companies make them now with slight variations. The Oxo looks kind of appealing with its built-in foil cutter. For some reason ours is from Pampered Chef, must predate my relationship with my SO because she hasn't been to such a thing since I've known her. ;-) (And I've never been either.)

                    Anyway, no technique needed. Just stick it on top of the bottle, hold bottle and bottom of gadget together and turn the knob on top until the cork pops out. Done. Ours at least seems to work equally well on natural corks and the plastic ones. Kind of a slow and steady wins the race solution, as I'm guessing it's slower than some others. But in this I'd rather have foolproof than speed. :-)

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                      Midlife RE: CrazyOne Feb 2, 2008 06:51 PM

                      The Pampered Chef opener seems to be a version of the old stand-by metal opener with the "wings' or arms and the visible gearing. It's a lot sleeker and the foil cutter is a real plus. Does this unit ever have a problem with soft corks or synthetics? for example, do you ever find yourself turning and turning but the cork doesn't move upward??

                      I guess I just don't see how this type of opener is any less work than a waiter's friend...... but a Screwpull/Leverpull is significantly less effort when it works (which seems to be about 85% of the time).

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                        CrazyOne RE: Midlife Feb 6, 2008 03:43 PM

                        Honestly, I don't know if it relates to the winged openers at all, if you mean what I think you mean, with the hinged pieces on both sides. When I look at one of those I think "What the heck am I supposed to do with this?" ;-) But the self-pulling you just plunk it down on top of the bottle and turn the knob.

                        It doesn't look as cool (or make you look as cool ;-) as some of the other methods, but I think I could screw up using most other kinds, including the levers and the waiter's friend types.

                        Oh, missed your question in there. No, it doesn't have a problem with synthetics. And in the time I've used or seen it used by my SO, I believe I can think of once where it turned and turned but the cork didn't come out. That's once in a couple hundred opens at least, I'm thinking. It's pretty reliable. This is the particular model we have, if there's any question http://www.pamperedchef.com/our_produ... I guess there could be some variance that would make others not as good, but the concept is simple enough that it really shouldn't matter. We did have one of the two blades on the foil cutter either break off or fall out of the plastic, but it still cuts with just the one (just have to spin it all the way around now).

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                          Midlife RE: CrazyOne Feb 6, 2008 04:23 PM

                          The opener I'm referring to is pictured below. You keep the wings down and keep turning the top until the wings come up all the way. Then you pull the wings down and the cork moves upward and out of the bottle. Same thing for $5, except you stop turning and push down. :o)

                           
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                            CrazyOne RE: Midlife Feb 7, 2008 09:28 AM

                            Not as dead simple methinks, but at least I might understand how it works now. ;-)

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                              dinwiddie RE: Midlife Jun 14, 2010 12:14 PM

                              These thpes of openers that midlife refers to were sold for many years, and still are. Like any other product, there were good ones and bad ones. One of the problems the cheap ones had was that the screw was too narrow and would pull right our of a soft or really stuck cork. However, once you got used to them (and it only took a couple of times using it) they were very easy to use and worked well as long as you had a wide screw and not one of the forged, narrow ones.

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                                Bill Hunt RE: Midlife Jan 21, 2014 07:21 PM

                                Midlife,

                                I have yet to see that design with a real "worm." All that have crossed my desk have an auger, which I find inferior, and it can also shred the cork on the bottom, depositing pieces into the wine.

                                Hunt

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                          currymouth RE: lavendula Feb 7, 2008 09:39 AM

                          After my 2'nd glass, I find it quite a bit easier to use my $5.00 waiters corkscrew.And at $5.00 a piece, can afford to have one in every suit case.... Just in case.

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                            Peacecorps65 RE: lavendula Jun 14, 2010 08:55 AM

                            I have used the Vigna rabbit opener for years and love it. Now I need to buy a 2nd one but cannot find the one I want (retails ofr ab out $15.00). I'd apprecite any leads.

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                              Midlife RE: Peacecorps65 Jun 14, 2010 10:26 AM

                              I don't know how long ago you saw one of them for around $15, but Vigna is a name used by Leverpull (which is owned by Le Creuset). I've nebver seen even their least expensive model for less than $50-$60, if that low. Metrokane makes The Rabbit knockoff which are pretty good. Here's the least expensive one I found at $32.85: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASI...

                              There may be less expensive knockoffs of the knockoff around, but I doubt they'd last 'years and years'. For a Rabbit on sale try a place like Home Goods or Overstock.com, if you're really intent on that price point.

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                              Cary RE: lavendula Jun 14, 2010 05:26 PM

                              While I have a rabbit-type opener, a waiter's corkscrew, and a screwpull, I use my ah-so opener the most. It's also a godsend for old wines, where the cork can be crumbly.

                              1. Tripeler RE: lavendula Jun 22, 2010 05:30 AM

                                I recommend the Campagnolo corkscrew. I bought one in Italy in 1987 and am still using it. While it is large and grand, the key feature is how the screw is machined with flat surfaces which keep the cork intact without breaking it. I have never had trouble opening ANY bottle of wine with this, no matter how weirdly damaged it was.

                                http://s.wiggle.co.uk/images/campagno...

                                It may be expensive now, but for a lifetime item it is certainly worth it.

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                                  twincitiesguy RE: lavendula Jun 26, 2010 07:09 PM

                                  Get the more expensive rabbit as it will last most people 10 years unless you open 3 or 4 bottles a week.

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                                    Midlife RE: twincitiesguy Jun 26, 2010 08:17 PM

                                    AH........... I knew I was abusing it. :o)

                                    So much wine, so little.............................

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                                      twincitiesguy RE: Midlife Jun 27, 2010 09:09 AM

                                      They like the abuse just a new worm every now and then. I love using my in-laws imitation as it is my work out for the day.

                                  2. Bill Hunt RE: lavendula Jan 21, 2014 07:27 PM

                                    I have a Rabbit, plus three units that are similar. I have two designs of Ah-sos, plus several dozen other types, including two "injection" units (gas and pump). I use my "waiter's friend," with a Teflon-coated, long worm, for 99% of my bottles. Maybe that is just me?

                                    Hunt

                                    1. Bill Hunt RE: lavendula Jan 21, 2014 07:29 PM

                                      Sorry, but image did not post.

                                       
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                                        JAB RE: Bill Hunt Jan 22, 2014 07:04 AM

                                        That's a very handsome "waiter's friend" that you have Bill.

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