You’ve packed for your camping trip with military precision.
Tent, check; sleeping bag, check; camping hat, check; spork, check; 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, check.
You arrive, pitch up, find the loos, have a brief tiff over who fetches the water, then you settle back in your favourite chair and reach for the plonk.
But the bottle doesn’t sport the screw cap you expected and somebody – mentioning no names, has left the corkscrew at home. Remembering something you saw on the Internet once, in desperation you dig out a spare Hush Puppy and go looking for the nearest sturdy tree. You return three hours later soaked from head to toe in wine and picking glass out of your eye.
It’s happened to all of us.
This clever little Twistick from True Utility aims to prevent that sober trip to A&E and makes sure you’re never without that crucial ingredient for a stress-free tipple.
Measuring a shade over 6cm long and just a few mm wide, it lives on your keys or in the darkest recesses of your camping kitchen bag and is always there when you need it. Granted, it won’t be that often, but it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. I heard that line in a film once and knew it would come in handy one day…
All you do is take the Twistick off your keyring, remove the shiny bar from inside the corkscrew, and slot it through the hole in the top of the corkscrew. As you would with a normal corkscrew you then turn it gently into the cork, stick the bottle between your knees, take the strain and… YANK.
If you’re anything like Mrs Muz you then end up covered from head to toe in wine and people all around you will be crying blood. Normal people, however, will have no more bother with this than an ordinary corkscrew, making the Twistick a very handy wee tool to have around and an excellent little stocking filler if you’re stuck for ideas at Christmas.
SUMMARY: Cheap, simple and as a keyring dweller it eats no meat. You won’t need it that often but when you find yourself entering your fifth hour at A&E (roughly when the MRSA kicks in) you’ll wish you hadn’t thumbed your snooty nose at the Twistick.
Price: £4.99 (RRP)
More info: True Utility