Are you seeking out a fun and unique way to open a celebratory bottle of bubbly?
A sabre can be used to open a Champagne bottle with great ceremony. This technique is called sabrage. Sabrage does not involve a slicing motion. To properly execute, one should:
Select a sabre with a short blade and broad back
Use the back, not the cut of the blade
Hold the bottle on its low part, the wire cage removed
Touch and slide the blade alongside the bottle until it hits the swelling on the bottleneck. The jolt will break the bottle and its tip will fly away in a trajectory
Have part of the spray spill out to wash away splinters
Watch a video demonstration at YouTube.com
Do not touch the top of the bottle after opening; it is likely to have razor sharp edges
And a last bit of money saving advice…don’t do this at home, but if you decide to try, be sure to practice first on a few inexpensive bottles of Spanish Cava before you sabrage your ’96 Krug!