Better Backwoods Wine Key: Gerber Armbar Cork

It’s no secret that a lot of people treasure pocket knives and tools for one useful feature: the wine key. And now Gerber has created the Armbar Cork, a very functional wine key with additional tools campers will find helpful.


In a quick visit with Gerber at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market show last month, I was really impressed with the brand’s new offerings. It seems to have really upped its game since a low point 5 or 6 years ago. It has several cool new knives (articles coming soon). But what really grabbed our team’s eyes were its small, everyday-carry-oriented multitools.

And the neatest of those, which looks to take on the venerable Swiss Army Knife, is the Armbar Cork.

Gerber Armbar Cork

Gerber Armbar Cork

The Gerber ArmBar Cork is a small tool at 3.6 inches long.

Its namesake feature is a wine key. The corkscrew has a leverage arm, much like wine keys you see at most restaurants or bars. It has a foil-cutter for opening the wine bottle, which makes it a superior tool to most knives for opening wine bottles.

Add a 2.5-inch blade with a fine edge, scissors, can opener, and bottle opener, this is a slick tool that will take care of a lot of camp or kitchen tasks. It even has a built-in pry bar for small jobs that require a little extra muscle. The whole thing is made of steel and feels burly in the hand — but it weighs just 3 ounces.

Gerber even designed the end to function as a hammer in a pinch.

So if you’re looking to pick up a new pocket tool for opening wine and slicing cheese, this one is worth investigating. The Gerber Armbar Cork hits the market in spring 2020 for $36.

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.