I received this wine opener as a gift and it's been one of the best kitchen items I have. I was surprised at how little effort it took to remove the cork from the bottle the first time I used it. I have an electric wine bottle opener, but I prefer this because of its portability and the fact that I have limited counter space in my kitchen. Definitely recommend this item. Ease of Use It was a little difficult to figure out how to use it the first time, but once I was able to discover how it worked, I really appreciated the good design.