The first variations of corkscrews were likely derived from the gun worm, a tool with a single or double spiral end used to clean musket barrels or to
The first variations of corkscrews were likely derived from the gun worm, a tool with a single or double spiral end used to clean musket barrels or to extract an unspent charge. (Photo by Andreas Suetterlin)

No one knows who first developed the corkscrew. But according to corkscrew historian Ron MacLean of The Virtual Corkscrew Museum, the first variations were likely derived from the gun worm, a tool with a single or double spiral end used to clean musket barrels or to extract an unspent charge. By the early 18th century, blacksmiths were making corkscrews for removing corks from bottles, and it is believed that Carl Wienke of Germany invented the single lever waiter's corkscrew and was granted his first patent in 1882.

-- J. Yadegaran, Staff




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