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Sabering with a Steak Knife

When I’m opening a bottle of sparkling wine, my first desire is always to saber it. Sabering is a lot more fun than just twisting out the cork. Opening sparkling wine in the standard way, by twisting a bottle out of the cork, should produce no sound, maybe just a little “sigh”. When the bottle is sabered, the loud pop is expected, and the sparkling wine siphons out of the bottle – I hope you agree, this is lots more fun.

In the act of sabrage, the bottle is open with a small sword appropriately called the saber. This is how the typical saber would look:

I don’t believe I ever used the proper saber before, but considering the weight of it, it should be a pretty easy exercise – I used the chef’s knife successfully a number of times, works perfectly on the properly chilled bottle of Champagne or similar classic-method sparkling wine (it is all about high pressure of the liquid in the bottle).

Instead of a saber, it is a lot more fun to try random objects for the sabrage. My sabering attempts are not anywhere as prolific as Jeff The Drunken Cyclist’s (here is his latest success with the “espresso thingy”), but I had my own documented successes with the wine glass, and failures with the stapler and even with the knife.

This time around, I was opening the bottle of Cava, and encouraged by the Jeff’s latest success, I wanted to use some random object for sabering – so the steak knife was something I grabbed.

This is my beloved Laguiole steak knife, which is perfect for slicing the meat, beautiful and nicely balanced – however, it is very light. I was positive this will not work, but this is part of the fun! My first two strikes led to the glass starting to chip off around the neck, which lowered my confidence even further, but you can see this all for yourself here (apologies for the format of this video – a rookie mistake with the iPhone after not making videos in a while…):


As you can tell, it worked! Next time you will be opening a bottle of Champagne – have some fun with it. Cheers!

  1. July 10, 2018 at 7:42 am


    • July 10, 2018 at 8:34 am

      Ahh, thank you, Becky. Not much of the achievement, but definitely fun! You love Champagne, have you ever tried to saber?

  2. July 10, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Goodness — looks like fun!

  3. July 10, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Excellent! Never a doubt!

    • July 10, 2018 at 6:34 pm

      Just following your steps 🙂 Need to decide what I’m sabering with next… Sheepishly thinking of the bare hands, but this might end bloody and stupid…

  4. July 12, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    love love love sabering!

  5. July 12, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Great work Anatoli! How beautiful is that Laguiole Saber?!!!

  1. July 11, 2018 at 7:41 am

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