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The infantry grunt knuckledragger side of me (large prefrontal cortex) sometimes ignores such obviously real risks because they seem so minimal compared to past experience. (Which is dangerous in itself. This kind of thinking got more of my buddies killed in motorcycle accidents stateside than did in combat) Point is, you are right to be concerned about safety, but I would argue this particular method is pretty safe if done right. I mean, step 1 is stab the cork, thats not hard to do. I guess the knife could slip and come out quickly, but thats what the lateral pressure of the twist is there to prevent.

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