Surely never, in all the history of drinking, has a grown man lusted after a corkscrew with such fervour before. And yet, having beheld this gleaming beast of brass, steel and leather, we are spoiled. From this day forth, it would be an indignity of the soul to open any cork-sealed bottle with a lesser tool.
Based out of Johua Tree, CA, J. L. Lawson & Co. consists of second and third generation father-and-son machinists – which, let’s agree, is always a good start for a ‘modern craft’ brand. But the beautiful lumps of brass, machined by hand into a manly array of bottle openers, tops (presumably for the indecisive/bored gent), cufflinks and other heirloom-quality accessories that Floyd Allen Lawson and his son, Anthony Lawson, are turning out… well, they’re enough to make a grown man shed a tear, that’s for sure.
So, if sommeliers truly are the new cocktailians (whatever that marginally ridiculous sentence means), then this humble brass and stainless steel corkscrew, clad in its bespoke leather sheath, is, one can only assume, the oenophilic equivalent of a handcrafted ice pick or copper Japanese three-piece. In other words: nerdy – oh so nerdy – yet agonisingly beautiful nonetheless.