Cork Ejectors

An Alternative to the Corkscrew

by Donald A. Bull

Cork Ejectors features:

  • 200 (8 1/2" x 11") pages
  • 459 Pictures
  • Published 2004

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Cork Ejectors is a complete history of an alternative to the corkscrew that had a strong showing in the marketplace in the 1960s. The book is a look at all of the patents issued in a number of countries focusing on the development of the product. It is an in depth look at this product that will open the eyes of many corkscrew collectors to a whole new world.

The Table of Contents at the bottom of this page will whet your appetite for the book. In the Patents chapter you will find a list of 213 patents and registrations from 25 countries. In addition to the cork ejectors, there is a chapter on the history of Sparklets (readers will find the relationship interesting).

Here's what Austrian Cork Ejector inventor Gero Artmer wrote in the Foreword to this in depth look at Cork Ejectors:

When I heard from Don Bull that he was working on a book on cork ejectors and he wanted to know something about my Mister Maximum product, I couldn't understand the interest. At first, I thought there could not possibly be anything so important to report about this product. But when I considered his inquiry further, I realized that this product accounted for eight years of my life, my energy, and my living.

Then I read Don's books, The Ultimate Corkscrew Book and Boxes Full of Corkscrews and I saw his passion for corkscrew knowledge. It is the story of corkscrews from the beginning. I knew this story would not be complete without reporting on the period of cork ejectors.

The thousands of corkscrew enthusiasts would certainly find the background and connections of cork ejectors of great interest. It was a time when all of those who were involved and inventing cork ejectors believed this: "Now I have got it - the ultimate cork remover!" The period starts in the 1950s when the first sensational cork removers with this new technique appeared on the market and all claimed to be successful around the world.

Cork Ejectors presents in a beautiful and well-detailed volume the efforts and the painstaking research of the inventor to come up with the very best product. They put their thoughts on paper, built prototypes, and were proud to present their ideas to the patent offices. Hoping to have come up with the best solution each, no doubt, thought "I have built the simplest, best cork remover in the world, working with the push of a button!" Their goals were a worldwide market where millions of wine bottles were opened every day. But, alas, no single product of the many produced, ever achieved total market domination. Perhaps an inventor will one day eye all of the cork removers in this book and, finally, come up with the ultimate machine.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the pre-publication draft of this book and I wish Don good luck and big success. And to all the readers, I wish them much fun while turning the leaves and discovering this world of cork ejectors.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Book Notes
Foundations
Air Cork Ejectors:
Argentina
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
China
England
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Italy
Japan
Netherlands
Spain
Switzerland
Taiwan
United States
Gas Cork Ejectors:
Argentina
Austria
Belgium
China
England
France
Germany
Hong Kong
Japan
Netherlands
Poland
Spain
Switzerland
Taiwan
United States
Instructions and Cautions
Tests and Reviews
Effects on Wine
Sparklets
Sparklets Syphon Gallery
Mister Maximum
Cork Ejectors in the Movies
Author's Notes
Patents


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