The tradition of opening a Champagne bottle with a saber was born in the Napoleonic era, by the general himself after winning a battle in 1812. This unique custom has survived to this day, and not only in France.
After the wire basket is removed from the cork, the blade is slid along the neck of the bottle, and onto the thicker part of the neck below the bottle head. When done in a strong, smooth motion (it takes a little practice), the cork leaps out with a bang and the Champagne flows out, and any resulting glass fragments fly forward, propelled by the pressure, creating a veritable firework of bubbly. The severed bottle head with the cork is then customarily labeled with the date, to serve as a reminder of the celebration, or the trophy of a battle won.
True to the original, this especially high-quality Champagne saber by Fox is manufactured in their famous cutlery workshop in Maniago, Italy. The blade is made of rust-proof T5MOV stainless steel, with a complex handle design that is certainly ready for any challenges or festive occasions. It even comes complete with an elegant wooden box and a decorative stand.
Learn more about the history of Champagne-sabering (and get some tips for pulling it off stylishly) in The Manuscript.
- ColorsBlack, Silver
T5 Mov Blade Steel
— Warranty: Manufacturer's Limited Lifetime
— Includes Box And Stand
— Blade: 15.7"
— Overall Length: 20.86"
— Weight: 1.67lb
- Shipping PolicyStandard Ground Shipping
- Ships In2-3 weeks
- Return PolicyFinal sale, not eligible for return