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Sabrage is the art of opening bottles of champagne with a sabre.

That’s right, an actual sword.

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The story goes that this technique was developed by Napoleon’s Hussars (light cavalry), who were given bottles of champagne as they traveled through the region of Champagne after a victory. Since they were on horseback, removing the cork from the bottle conventionally proved troublesome. Popping off the top of the bottle with a cavalry sabre was much easier.

Want to see how it’s done? In this video, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan uses a knife-like instrument.

And in this video, Captain Rupert Campbell-Jones uses a ceremonial sword.

This is one of those activities that definitely falls in the don’t-try-this-at-home category, but you can hire professionals for you next party or gathering 🙂

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