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How to Pop a Bottle of Champagne Using a Knife


If you need to know how to open a bottle of champagne with a kitchen knife, get ready for the practice, because we have several useful tricks just for this. First, we’re going to talk of setting everything you need for properly opening the bottle. Then, we’re going to talk about opening the bottle in two ways, using your knife.

It’s a great idea to try to open the bottle while you read this, so go buy a few bottles of champagne to practice. You’ll likely crack some quite expensive champagne bottles with this technique so you’d better practice with at least four bottles. First, go get a case of really bad champagne brands, and a normal-sized kitchen knife. You don’t need a big kitchen knife, but it should have a thick dull side. It’s recommended the bottles are cooled really well.

First step is taking out the outer foil, then we have two alternatives : taking off the wire cage, or keeping it on. If you keep the wire, you have to shake the champagne bottle really well to make pressure in the bottle. If you remove the wire, it is important to not agitate the bottle because the cork could come out when it is least expected. If you’re doing this for the first time, take the first choice. It’s easier to crack and to exercise it. Take a piece of dry cloth and clean the bottle. Make sure it’s dry.

Observe the seam along the bottle. The seam is where the 2 parts of the bottle connect. Take the kitchen knife and place it on the seam. It must be with the dull side ahead. Put the blade at a small angle with the bottle. If the angle is too large, you’ll probably fail the blow. When you’re prepared to try the first shot, keep the bottle in the left hand and with the right hand slide the knife firmly with a quick and powerful blow until the bottle cracks. Usually the tip of the bottle will break and fly with the cork. Consider the fact that each time you miss, the bottle moves and the pressure increases, so point the cork away at all times.

If you choose not to take off the wire cage then you’re going to require a stronger blow. Use a wider knife. Napoleon’s officers used their swords to crack one of the most expensive champagne. If you have a blade or a spade, you’ll surely draw a lot of attention at your party. But for us, the usual people, sticking to a normal kitchen knife will do just fine.

This should be enough to get you started. Get several champagne bottles, pick the champagne brands carefully and start practicing. Practice makes perfect. We gave you the tips, but it’s up to you to open one of the most expensive champagne bottles at your party using a simple kitchen knife.

If you’re going to open one of the most expensive champagne with a knife you have to exercise a bit and choose cheaper champagne brands.