Obscure object of desire: Menu Champagne Sabre


The Menu Champagne Sabre is not a sword, rather a blunt, metal object designed to cleanly sabre a bottle of Champagne. (photo from Gizmodo)

You have probably heard of the “Art of Sabrage”, or in layman’s terms, opening Champagne with a sword. What you might not know is that you don’t need to use a sword, any hard object will do provided it strikes the annulus (top ring of the bottle) cleanly, and the blow follows through rather than stop at impact.

The Menu Champagne Sabre is a unique and stylish addition to the oenophile’s collection. It is designed to fit cleanly in the user’s hand and slide smoothly along the neck of the bottle. It is certainly not an item of pure utility (at $149 it is pretty superfluous), but if you are performing sabrage you are looking to maximize your style points in the first place.

If you do it right, it is really neat to watch.

If you are a dumbass who forgets to remove the cage, this happens:

(h/t Gizmodo)


  1. samuraichatter says:

    OK for 149 you could buy an actual sabre or a very nice knife w/ a curve to it.

    My inner frat boy cries entrapment:

    “pop the cork”


    “If you do it right, it is really neat to watch”

    The still shot for the 2nd vid.

    The next video up on autoplay of said 2nd vid.

    An ultra specialized Euro-tool that looks like a . . .

    1. I know, I know. It is a stretch to put in in the same category as a knife, but it was tangentially relevant, and yes, the still from the second video is classic.

  2. AW1Ed says:

    Alton Brown is a favorite of mine. Thanks!

    1. My wife and I saw him at the Tennessee Theater a couple of years back. Knoxville Biscuit Festival. He was awesome.

      Tyler Florence headlined the next year and just used us as the live audience for his podcast while he talked to the Chef at Blackberry Farm. It was a total ripoff.

  3. Works with beer bottles too… I’ve done it with only a pocketknife. Too much fun but the bystanders usually don’t appreciate it 😀

    1. AW1Ed says:

      Brilliant! Did you chill the necks first?

      1. The bottles were cold from the fridge/cooler, but no specific prep is necessary 🙂

  4. Sam L. says:

    $149 will buy a couple of bottles of good champagne, and about 5 for me.

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