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How Not To Saber, Or May Be What Not To Saber

I know many of my readers are well familiar with Jeff, a.k.a The Drunken Cyclist, writer of the eponymous wine blog. Jeff loves Champagne, and Jeff also loves to saber those Champagne bottles – I learned from him that it is fun, and the bottle of Champagne can be sabered not only with a proper champagne sword, but with variety of household items, particularly with a wine glass.

A short while ago Jeff posted a video of his attempt to saber the bottle with a stapler. His attempt was not successful, and he ended up sabering the bottle in the “traditional” way – with the wine glass. After watching the video, I left him a smart ass comment that he used the wrong stapler, and I thought that if he would’ve used nice heavy device such as Swingline, he would have no issues prying that bottle open.

Emboldened by my earlier successes with sabering with the glass, I decided to demonstrate how pros do it, so the others would learn.


Here is a clear proof of my failure – the only difference with Jeff’s video is that mine is shorter and not well edited (it is just no edited at all). Plus my dog was trying to voice her encouragement (nope, that didn’t work):

My embarrassment didn’t stop there. Feeling challenged by some annoying bottle, I decided to show it who is in control and brought in the nice Chef’s knife:

The end result of this exercise was damaged stapler (the bottom bent slightly, as it appears that what I considered a solid steel was just a thin steel shell on top of something soft) and damaged ego. I definitely think that my choice of sparkling wine was part of the problem, as this French sparkler from Saumur didn’t have much bubbles after all – and I think having exuberant Champagne ready to “pop” is important for the success of the sabering (however I was previously successful with non-Champagne sparklers).

Well, I might need to practice again with the glass, at least until my confidence will be restored. But what about that stapler? I know! Staple Gun is next…

  1. March 23, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Better luck next time! I am sure you will get it down!

    • talkavino
      March 23, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Thank you MIchelle! I just need to figure what to saber next with what 🙂 Will wait for Jeff to lead the way 🙂

  2. March 23, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Ha! That was priceless! It might be a shorter video, but I think you took a lot more swipes at it in that time!

    • talkavino
      March 23, 2016 at 10:46 am

      Yeah, as I was way more annoyed at something which I imagined to be a slam dunk…

  3. March 23, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I’ve never sabered at all so you gets points for trying in my book.

    • talkavino
      March 23, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Thank you Alissa, and you should try – it is fun! I have videos of more successful attempts in the blog 🙂

  4. March 23, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Likewise – I have never tried. But, I have to say that as the attempts kept coming and coming, I was laughing pretty hard. I guess now I have to give it a try and humble myself. Maybe it will be a good Easter dinner trick? Use a ham bone? A crucifix?

    • talkavino
      March 24, 2016 at 7:44 am

      Happy to entertain you Bill! All your choices of sabering tools sound fabulous – please share the video so we share the fun with you!

  5. March 23, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Don’t despair! Practice makes perfect! 😜
    Good luck! 😋

    • talkavino
      March 24, 2016 at 7:42 am

      My dear friend, no despair here. Stapler is just not a good sabering tool, now it is proven. There are many other tools which are better for the job.

  6. March 25, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    I love that I was able to watch both videos at the same time, lol! I certainly admire your tenacity…are you going to contact Swingline and let them know about the failure? 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • talkavino
      March 26, 2016 at 7:54 am

      Well that is an interesting thought. I wonder if that would be the most unusual “fail” comment they ever received? Probably not though….

  7. March 26, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Great to be able to see and hear you Anatoli. Points given for enthusiasm – I can’t wait to see your next attempt! 😜

    • talkavino
      March 26, 2016 at 7:53 am

      Don’t know about enthusiasm – I was rather getting annoyed 🙂 Yes, there will be the next attempt, but not with the stapler

  8. March 28, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    That is pretty darn funny!

    • talkavino
      March 28, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Glad you liked it! 🙂

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