Frequently Asked Questions
Surely, there are enough
uncorking machines on the market! - Why develop another
Many factors influenced our decision to build a new
corkscrew. However, like many ideas the driving force
behind this idea was my wife. Questioning why I was
called on to open a bottle of wine I was told in no
uncertain terms that if there was a corkscrew available
that was easy to use, she would use it - and that rather
than question her I should make a corkscrew that she
could use. This led to our initial examination of the
market, development of the design brief, and eventually
What were your objectives
when designing MACCorkScrew?
As stated above - ease of use was the prime objective.
However, we also believed that the product we developed
should reflect contemporary design, have its own distinctive
character, be at home in any location, and be something
that people would be proud to give it as a gift or receive
as a gift.
Why a mounted corkscrew?
Our first criteria was that the unit would be easy
to use, after that we wanted one that would be easy
to find - so this led us to our examination of the mounted
As we investigated this market we discovered that most
if not all of the uncorking machines on the market were
initially designed over seventy years ago. We also identified
a number of areas of their design that we could improve
on and in fact patent. Specifically the requirements
to push the bottle against the worm, eliminating the
finger trapping hazard on many models and to change
the appearance of the product to reflect contemporary
design characteristics. As we developed the design brief
other criteria were identified such as the need to accommodate
larger neck diameters, ability to handle multiple types
of synthetic closures and to also fold neatly away when
not in use. This market feedback we obtained from wine
drinkers, wine distributors and companies selling corkscrews.
Is this product aimed at
the home market or the commercial market?
Both. The initial plan was to develop a unit for the
home market that would combine functionality with style
and provide a unique conversation piece. However, we
quickly realised that its speed of operation and functionality
together with its safety features, and stainless steel
finish make it ideal for the commercial market.
Why Stainless Steel?
When we designed it initially we considered other materials
but finally chose stainless steel. While this material
is expensive and polishing adds further cost, it came
out tops in our surveys as a preferred material. Similarly,
we chose machined buttons rather than black plastic
ones. Again, this adds to the cost of the product but
we believe adds more to its value. In the home we are
certain that MACCorkScrew will become a family heirloom
that will be passed from generation to generation. Commercially
MACCorkScrew can be easily justified on time savings,
and the safety advantages it has over other corkscrews.
Where did the name MACCorkScrew
We decided that the product should have a TLA (Three
Letter Acronym). The Acronym MAC was chosen to reflect
the fact that the unit is wall Mounted, Adjustable and
Contemporary. The MAC also reflects the Celtic origins
of the product. Of course it also is the abbreviation
for Mother of All Corkscrews.
How does it work?
MACCorkScrew uses a patented dynamic braking system
that is controlled by the lever. Simply - when the lever
is in the upright position the brake is in the released
position and the unit can slide up and down the shaft.
When the handle is lowered the brake clamps the head
to the shaft and further lowering turns the screw into
the cork. Raising the lever first removes the cork from
the bottle, then the cork from the screw. Continue lifting
the handle to raise the head from the bottle.
MACCorkScrew looks really
nice now, but will it retain that appearance?
MACCorkScrew is made from solid stainless steel. Occasional
polishing with stainless cleaner or baby oil will maintain
Is MACCorkScrew difficult to use?
No. MACCorkScrew has been designed primarily to reduce
the effort required to safely uncork wine.
I understand how MACCorkScrew
extracts the cork from the bottle, but what makes the
cork fall so easily from the corkscrew?
The upward stroke of the handle has two functions,
i.e. remove cork from bottle and remove cork from screw.
When mounting MACCorkScrew,
how will I know how much space to leave between the
corkscrew and the stand?
We recommend that the stand is mounted 30-36 inches
(750 - 900mm) from the floor and that the MACCorkScrew
is mounted a further 14 inches (360 mm) above it. A
sheet indicating fixing dimensions ships with unit and
is available by request.