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Device (also plug puller) for removing corks from the neck of a bottle. The cork became the most common bottle stopper in Europe from the middle of the 17th century. Initially, the corks were not driven all the way into the neck of the bottle, making removal somewhat easier. The first primitive devices were small, pointed ice spikes, which were often used to remove the cork piece by piece. All corkscrews serve the same purpose, namely to remove the cork from the neck of the bottle as easily, quickly and cleanly as possible without damaging it. An important criterion is that no cork residue should get into the bottle in the process. This is not only for aesthetic reasons, but the cork could also be contaminated with bacteria. Therefore, the spiral should not pierce the cork or come into contact with the wine, as metal can cause a chemical reaction or metallic taste.

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