Astonish all the guests at the next party by opening a bottle of Champagne (or another sparkling wine) with a beautiful special sword: this technique is called sabrage with your Saladini Sabrage sword.
Learning to “decapitate” a bottle of Champagne is not difficult, but it takes a bit of practice and several bottles of sparkling wine to become perfect.
Saber is an original way to open champagne bottles at all parties (birthdays, anniversaries, inaugurations, etc.). It seems that the tradition came from the period of Napoleon, the saber was used by French military and civil servants to celebrate the numerous victories gained in the war. This weapon was used to “decapitate” the neck of the bottles by means of a sabrage method.
The blade for the sabrage does not require sharpening because it should hit only the glass, in practice it slides the sword along the neck of the bottle and with a strong gesture it strikes the edge of the neck jumping off. The neck break is clear and usually there are no small splinter residue because they are fired from the first gas jet that comes out with a very high pressure (about 6 bars!).
The Saladini Sabage Sword is an evolved idea that makes this operation more elegant and due to the craftsmanship of steel head prints featuring floral motifs; the handle can be covered with olive wood and on request also ox horn, buffalo and boxwood horn.
Some practical tips to become proficent sabreurs:
Which bottles to use: typically, French and Spanish wines have thicker glass bottles and may be even more expensive than US ones, for example, and because glass bottles often provide better results than those of slim glass, we recommend that you use the first ones.
To master the technique will serve at least 5 to 10 bottles and a Saladini sabrage sword.
Cool the wine: The more the neck of the bottle is colder and the better the result and be careful not to shake the bottle.
Do not put Champagne in the freezer, the bottle would explode!
How to do it:
1) Dry any condensation that has formed on the outside surface, remove the foil paper and the metal cage. Important: always keep your thumb on the cap – there is always the risk that by removing the cage, this flight away.
2) Find one of the bottle welds. This is where the two halves of the container are fused together. This is the weaker part of the bottle,
3) Hold the Champagne bottle with your hand by putting all your fingers, except the thumb, under the bottle, and away from the sword’s path.
4) Exercise to slide the blade from the base to the crown. Before attempting the great gesture, you have to become familiar with the feeling transmitted by the sword on the glass; In this way, you will be more determined at the right time
5) Strike it Strongly with the Saladini Sabre!
6) Inspect the neck of the bottle always (always!) In the search for splinters. If necessary, clean the area with a cloth, and be careful not to push the glass fragments into the bottle.
7) Prosit! 🙂
Warning: Never drink the bottle, there is a risk of wound!