Best Six for 2003

June, 2003




Fort Lauderdale


Dear Fellow Addict,

An apology from THOCBDC (*): not long ago I e-mailed many of you both a 'test' Best Six AND a silly photo of a mismatched (clown/monk) piece that I 'married' just for fun. I was trying out a new e-mail system ... so; I thank many of you for responding to my test.

Best Six for 2003
  1. The only one in the picture without a proper screw ... or even a supporting co-blade ... allows the cork to be removed awkwardly. A rocking movement doesn't work; nor does an after-penetration twist. As a further inconvenience this little engine never passes unnoticed through airport carry-on security. [The Bull Bible describes it as "A French single blade cork lifter marked BTE S.C.D.G."]
  2. This is the Traifor. Cheaply constructed using unsophisticated stamping technologies, it still commands a good price whenever it appears on e-Bay. Either few were made and sold OR (more likely) they were viewed as being so ugly as to not merit any more after-purchase attention than an Elko potato peeler.
  3. Everyone has the 'legs'. Most are of the 'gay '90s' variety, showing candy striped leggings and mid calf boots. This one is 'skin-toned': whether by design or by a shortage of design, I don't know. Recently one bare 'legs' appeared on e-Bay claiming to be made of ivory; it sold for a healthy premium over the $300 - $400 range that the more common banded ones demand. I don't know if my piece is made of Ivory, but I doubt it.
  4. Not many people have just a 'leg'. This bronze one comes with an unflattering screw that pivots out of the kneecap and folds away with its point disturbingly close to the 'privates'.
  5. A curious item from Argentina, it 'smells' like a very cheap version of a tangent lever.
  6. A concertina with an eyebrow pull, it is slightly less wide than its 'vanilla' cousins. Therefore, it is more easily tucked surreptitiously behind a boutonnière ... ready to rescue the offerings of a queuing bottle ignored by the hired-help at the de-corking table. [Bull cheered me with these words ... not necessarily in this order: "Concertina with a wire spring in the circle at top ... KIS-PLY ... Jean Thomas' 1872 French patent."]

Watcharee and I hope to see many of you in October in Virginia.


Alf Erickson

(*) Only readers well-wandered in the quagmire of will recognize THOCBDC as being The House Of Corkscrew Balloon Dot Com.

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