The Virtual Corkscrew Museum's Daily Newspaper
Sunday, September 7, 2003
Velbert, Rheinland, Germany, September 7, 1948 - Although the idea of using a couple of prongs to remove a bottle cork has been around for many years, Paul and Helmut Vitz have come up with an interesting manufacturing process. In their cork extractor, the two prongs are molded into a plastic handle.
The prong puller is marketed using the name "Ideal" as well as "Ah-Ha." by the Monopol firm. Look for it with both blue and red plastic handles in the form shown in the patent drawings.
Another handle produced is a trapezoid. Look for this one in red and green plastic handles.
Both handle types can be found with u-formed cases and solid cases of plastic or metal to protect the prongs.
©2003 Don Bull, Editor