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Brownells Steel Pilots Steel Pilot For 35 Muzzle
"Hardened steel pilot keeps Facing and Chamfering cutters properly centered in the bore. Resists wear for years of service. Mfg: Brownells SPECS: Hardened steel. 1¼"" (3.2cm) long. .45 ACP Pilots - .45 ACP-1 fits S&W model 25 & 625. .45 ACP-2 fits Colt 1917."
JT: I'm a big fan of most OXO products. This wine opener is not as slick as most OXO products I have. Mainly due to fact it is somewhat bulky and all the bulk is plastic - not sure how long this will survive banging around in my utensils drawer before plastic cracks. My other wine opener has much less plastic and has been very durable (had for several years). In terms of actually opening wine, the OXO works pretty well - fairly easy and straightforward to get cork out of wine bottle though sometimes OXO can guide down slightly crooked with occasional cork breaking off.Overall 3.5 stars for price / value, lower than my usual OXO rating. I prefer my other corkscrew I bought on Amazon for around same price.h
K. Harris "Film aficionado": If you think I'm going to gush over a corkscrew, it's really not my style. Let me say that I am a HUGE fan of OXO products--I fell in love with them years ago and have never wavered. I am rarely disappointed (though it has happened), so I jumped at the chance to add this to my OXO inventory. I'm currently using a ratty old metal corkscrew that I've had for years and thought this would be an upgrade.I must admit--I'm a little concerned. The OXO handle really doesn't add much (perhaps it's slightly easier on the hand). I have opened a few bottles and it works fine. However, the unit just doesn't seem sturdy. Maybe that is only my perception and maybe it will last for years, but the plastic components just don't fill me with confidence. Had I looked at this in a store, felt it and handled it--I probably would not have purchased it. Seriously. My suggestion, try to look at this one first hand before ordering it.
K. McHugh "crunchyapple": this corkscrew is flawed in several ways: in spite of its "ergonomic" design, it is awkward to use. the screw is too short and often mauls the cork beyond recognition and reuse. simply screwing it into the cork and pulling the wings down does not pull the cork far enough out of the bottle--you have to wiggle, wiggle, wiggle it. save your money.
Matthew R. Kuiper: Because this is my first cork screw that I have owned that hasn't been part of a swiss army knife, I wasn't prepared for this little wonder. The OXO makes opening a bottle of wine or oil effortless. The plastic handle feels good in my hand and a few twists the cork easily slides out of the bottle.Just as an additional praise for this corkscrew, I bring this with me when I go over to people's houses just in case a need might be found. I try not to be "that guy" but when your corkscrew looks this good it is hard not to demonstrate.
Michael Trotman: I read a few negative reviews about this corkscrew that are critical of the build quality. I have to respectfully disagree. I'm not sure exactly what type of polymer it's made of, but it's not "cheap plastic". Yes, it's very lightweight and made of something not metal, but whatever it's made of is very strong and durable. The screw literally glides into the cork like a hot knife through butter and because the corkscrew is so lightweight all of your energy goes into removed the cork instead of balancing a heavy corkscrew. I love it.