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Jan 21, 2008 10:54 AM

The rabbit?

What do you guys think about the rabbit wine opener?

We desperately need a new corkscrew - any suggestions?

Thanks :)

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

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

    1. 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:

      1. 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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        1. re: Icantread

          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 :)!

          1. re: lavendula

            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.

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

          1. 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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            1. re: Chinon00

              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.

              1. re: Chinon00

                did you ever get a reply to this problem?