A Virtual Corkscrew Museum Review


Here's a great gift for the corkscrew collector. The Industrial and Mechanical Engineering Company of Paarl, South Africa has patented a design which combines a bottle cap lifter / cork remover with a belt. The two prongs of the cork extractor fit in a "pocket" in the back of the belt and the handle or cap lifter serves as the buckle on the genuine leather belt.

The Accessor was patented by Christiaan T.B. Louw in March 2001. The prong puller is marked ACCESSOR PATENT 20012048 and www.imec.co.za. This may be a first! - a cork remover marked with the manufacturer's web address!

Here's how IMEC describes their product:

The Accessor™ is a patented design which combines a fashionable belt with a multi purpose functional bottle opener. It allows the user, whilst wearing the belt, to open bottled beverages. The Accessor™ also allows for the cork to be reinserted into the bottle once it has been opened. Apart from these uses, the Accessor's™ sharp prongs can also be used for the following purposes: as a self defence weapon. to open envelopes. as a scraping, piercing and levering device.

The bottle cap opener and cork extractor prongs are joined to form the buckle. The buckle can easily be accessed by releasing it from the belt, without even having to remove the belt from around ones' waist.

The retail price is R185 (US$23) plus postage.

Note: Price as of December 10, 2001 on www.imec.co.za/accessor.htm

Donald A. Bull, Corkmaster
The Virtual Corkscrew Museum

December 10, 2001

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