Oxo Steel CorkPull Wine Opener has a great design sporting great mechanics, similar to those of Screwpull, but can a brand like Oxo pull off the wonderful results similar to that of a prestigious and well known company like Screwpull? I am sure that a lot of buyers would like to know that, as a wine opener may be either good or bad depending on small unseen factors.
Looks cannot be the basis to judge the quality of the product, but this unit does need a little makeover, it looks rather cheap and as if the designers were not putting much effort in making it look as great as other cork pullers, but these issues are merely cosmetic so I do not really mind.
The body and parts are made of die-cast and stainless steel, this earns a bonus from me, as I never would never recommend plastic, unless it is from a reliable company like Metrokane, the metal does make this Oxo Steel CorkPull Wine Opener a little more heavier than other openers but it’s not something that should bother you (unless you are a woman then I would definitely suggest something lighter)
Simple mechanics are what drives the reliability and usability of a wine opener, this has a simple lodge and twist working to it, but apparently for this unit it quite difficult to use, I need to exert a little more force required compared to other brands that use similar mechanics, (Screwpull for example).
It’s pretty good that Oxo decided to enclose the worm; just in case the unit drops worm first on someone (seriously with its weigh it could drive the worm through skin easily)
The foil cutter that comes along works well, I never experienced any foil cutters which did not work properly, so I guess it’s not much of a big deal, it is however a good thing that the foil cutter attaches to the unit itself, no more losing parts with this one.
Although deceptively sturdy and well built this Oxo Steel CorkPull Wine Opener will not last as expected, the construction and manufacturing is quite lacking, with frequent and careless use it will break, an example of this is a user on Amazon having the screw which holds the two parts together break and leaving the opener entirely worthless.
Quite heavy and demanding, for its price I would recommend that you get a Screwpull, or another type of wine opener.