Sabrage

Anyone who has read Maxim magazine is aware of the section called "How to do anything." This section of the magazine contains usually step by step advice on how to do anything from build a pole for girls to dance on in your living room to how to break up a fight. They are accompanied by either humorous photographs or drawings to help visualize what you are doing. While not exhaustive or detailed by any means, they do give the reader enough of an idea of how something is done to let them decide whether or not they would like to get more infomation to pursue such a goal.

In one of the recent issues, they had an article on a technique called "Sabrage." Apparently, this is a technique that Napoleon's soliders used to open bottles of chapagne while on horseback. It involves using a sabre to knock off the glass ring, or "annulus," at the top of the bottle where the cork is located. I was so intrigued by this, that I wanted to learn more about it. That's when I found this website. Apparently, there are entire clubs devoted to this. Luckily, they also include a tutorial on how to do this.

So, I went to the store and bought a bottle of cheap champagne to try this out. And, much to my surprise, it was successful. I'll inlcude a picture of the annulus that I knocked off of the bottle. I used a U.S. Marine Corps NCO saber when I tried it.

I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to impress people at a party.

This post was originally concieved of on Dec. 15th, 2004.

Posted byJ. R. Guinness at 10:50 AM  

2 comments:

Jolyon Griffiths said... 1:42 AM  

JR,

You're absolutely right. Sabrage is not only a lot of fun but also a very spectacular way of opening the bottle. My wife and I are on the Council of the Confrerie du Sabre d'Or in the UK and we help in the promotion of sabrage - I am glad to hear that you have taken the noble art to Texas.

Please check out our new website - same URL for more information and if you're ever in the UK come to one of our excellent parties.

Kind regards,

Jolyon

Julian White said... 8:42 AM  

JR,
We have enrolled some Americans into the British Chaptre of the Confrerie du Sabre d'Or. You are welcome to come and see us if you are visiting Britain.
Kind regards

Julian White
British Ambassador
La Confrerie du Sabre d'Or
London

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