You don’t need to be a professional chef, ninja or a member of the hussars in order for you to perfectly execute sabrage or saber champagne bottle. What you need is to understand the physics and the chemistry behind the art so you can execute exactly the way you want it. Back in the old days which can be traced back to the Napoleonic era, it is quite too dangerous for an average person to uncork the bottle using a saber or a sword. But today, anyone and everyone can do it without worrying of hurting someone else. It is because champagne sabers and champagne swords today are modified which are now designed exclusively for sabering a champagne and item collection.
The first thing that you should do is to pick the right bottle. Keep in mind that different champagne bottle has different distinctive when it comes to its toughness. In case that you don’t want to spoil the good champagne, you can always look for sparkling wine. It is cheap and it has the same chemistry where you can spoil them without hesitation. Also, make sure that the bottle has the right temperature. This means that it has to be cold particularly the neck of the bottle. Again, it should be cold, but not iced cold. It is highly recommended to put the bottle inside the freezer for just a few minutes before performing the art.
The Right Tool
Another important factor to keep in mind is getting the right tool. You probably want to do it with your regular kitchen knife. But, no! it is not recommended otherwise you will hurt yourself, hurt someone, or spoil the champagne. Always look for champagne saber or champagne sword which are intended for sabering and not a regular knife.
Now that you have the bottle and the champagne saber, it is time for you to locate the seam. Remove the foil of the bottle and as soon as you do, look for the seam of the bottle. The seam is the weak spot of the bottle and you can simply determine the seam by looking closer to the bottle. You will see a vertical line which separates the bottle. This is where you are going to slide the blade from the body up to the lip.
Don’t Forget The Wire
Oh by the way, you should remove the wire first that supports the cork. When doing this, you must put your thump over the cork. This would make sure that the cork would not pop up by itself. In some cases, the cork does because of the chemical reaction. Probably, the bottle was shaken too often.
Let’s Get It On
Without further do, hold the bottle 45 degree and make sure that no one will get hit by the flying cork. Now it is time to put a show by sliding the blade to the lip. It does not necessarily mean that you have to slide your champagne sword forcefully. Like mentioned, the trick is the chemicals and the physics.