Here are two handsome and rugged Sommeliers' Corkscrews from Franmara of Salinas, California. The sleek design at the top is the "Ketos" (the Greek word for whale). The Ketos has an aluminum grip that fits comfortably in the hand. There is a fluted wire helix, an easy swivel neckstand, and a finely tuned cutting blade. Currently marketed at about $50.
At bottom is the Grenouille (French for leaping frog). The Grenouille has a plastic handle, Teflon coated worm, and straight blade. Currently marketed at about $13.00.
Both corkscrews work well in removing the cork. However, the Ketos heft and sleek body, together with the feeling of confidence it exudes, make it well worth the additional cost.
In 1970, wine lover Frank Chiorazzi started his corkscrew manufacturing business in his garage in Woodland Hills, California. While his wife, Marie, ran the business in the mornings, Frank worked as a floor member of the Pacific Stock Exchange in Los Angeles. After work, he would head home to their business, Franmara, Inc. In 1974 Frank and Marie moved the business to a warehouse and by 1978, Frank was in the business fulltime. In 1990 the company moved to a new 45,000-sq. ft. warehouse in Salinas.
Today Franmara offers a extensive line of corkscrews which can be printed with advertising. Products include the Hugger, Pulltaps, Pullparrot, Puigpull, Pisces, LaGuioile, Double Levers, Prong Pullers, Bistros, Bar Mount, Wall Mount, and more.Donald A. Bull, Corkmaster
The Virtual Corkscrew Museum
November 2, 2000
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