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Friday, August 29, 2003

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Frankfurt am Main, Germany, August 29, 1899 - Ernst Scharff has patented a locking handle corkscrew design that he is marketing under the name Bodega. With Scharff's corkscrew a cork can be removed in one continuous turning motion of the handle. When the handle is turned to the top of the shaft, the two arms fall to their lowest position. This locks the handle in position so the worm can be fully inserted into the cork. Once the worm is fully inserted, the arms rise "unlocking" the handle which glides down the shaft raising the cork out of the bottle into the frame. The Patent number assigned to Scharff is 113,367.

Three sizes of the Bodega will be produced and the numbers 1, 2 or 3 will appear on the top of the frame.

Editor's Note: The Merriam-Webster Dictionary offers three definitions of the word Bodega originating from Spanish:

  1. A storehouse for maturing wine
  2. Winshop
  3. A store specializing in Hispanic groceries

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