Opening a bottle of champagne in itself is an act of celebration, but sabering one might just be the ultimate jubilation. No matter the audience, onlookers revel in the spectacle as much as the saber-er in the action, so why not amp up the “ooo & ahh” factor? It’s no secret that you don’t *need* to have a fancy champagne sword to open champagne bottles, but since you can have one, maybe you should! (Just don’t actually call it a ‘sword’…).
We have separate articles about how to saber a bottle of champagne, but in this article we’ll talk about how to pick out a great one.
Factors in Choosing a Champagne Saber
The blade: Blades are designed in a variety of shapes and finishes, but vary, for the most part, only slightly in length. What you choose of these specifications will depend on the style you prefer and how you want the saber to feel – there is right or wrong here. However, regardless of whether you opt for a curved blade or straight, mirrored or matte, smooth or textured, a proper champagne saber should always have a strong blunt blade. All of the sabers on this list are made with stainless steel.
Hilt-shape: The hilt refers to the handle. This choice takes into account shape and material. This may seem like a purely aesthetic decision, but remember, the best champagne saber is the one that you or the wielder feels most comfortable handling. Ask yourself what might feel more secure, an enclosed calvary style hilt or a knife-like handle? A nimble-feeling wooden handle or a weightier metal one? Also consider how many champagne bottles will be sabered, and how often.
Storage: The main consideration for storage is whether or not you will want your saber on display. For more ornate or specialized sabers, a stand may be choice for showing off, just a little. If you plan on traveling with your saber then a storage box or sheath would be optimum. Check for upgrades in case you’d like both display and carry options for your saber.
Personalization: If you’re purchasing a saber for someone as a wedding gift, to celebrate a wine exam completion or just to honor a champagne-loving friend, then you might want to consider the option for engraving the saber or its storage materials. There may also be material upgrades or accessories available and personalized champagne sabers make for a truly unique gift.
The Best Champagne Sabers
Here are our picks for the best champagne sabers (all available to buy online). Sure there are other champagne sabers out there, but these babies are sure to receive high marks in both aesthetics and performance. It’s really the most fun way to open a bottle at your next party.
Laguiole en Aubrac
Laguiole is the namesake of the French village in which these artisan sabers are produced. The En Aubrac model features a hand forged, mirrored stainless steel blade and multiple hilt options ranging buffalo horn to exotic wood. Beautiful metal detailing splices the handle. This saber comes with an oak wood storage box.
This is the best entry level saber for the economically minded who are ready to take their chef’s knife champagne sabering to the next level. It’s perfectly balanced and maintains a simple design with a mirrored stainless blade and wooden hilt with brass detail. Comes with a wooden box.
Berkel’s Elegance is exactly that — elegant — but a little bit of flair. Shaped in the style of a pirate’s cutlass, this Italian made stainless saber comes in a variety of hilt options, the red resin being the popular entry level choicel. If you appreciate the dramatic design of this saber, check out some of the company’s higher tier offerings which are nothing short of dazzling. This saber comes with a gift box.
California Champagne Saber Co.
Based in the USA, the California Champagne Saber Co. is making truly beautiful, naturalistic champagne sabers. Each edition, named individually for domestic wine regions, is based on the same overall design but utilizes different hilt materials. The current editions include Calistoga in natural wood, Sonoma in rosewood and Napa in blackwood. The blades are hand forged and bear edition names, the hilts are hand fashioned. Comes with an oak wood box.
Fox Knives Sciabola del Sommelier
This Italian calvary style saber showcases a fully enclosed, bold handle with leather and decorative wire detail on the grip. The blade is stainless and hilt metal choices are brass or nickel. The wooden storage box that this saber comes in doubles as a display case and there is also an option to purchase a separate leather sheath… if you want to get really pirate-y about it.
Due Cigni 1896
From Due Cigni we are offered another calvary style with a unique and eye catching aesthetic. The hilt is fashioned in nickel and hosts a leather grip. The stainless steel blade is black-coated giving it a serious look and making for great contrast for the optional personalized engraving. Another special feature of this saber is that it comes with a formed display in the shape of a champagne bottle.
Morgan King Laguiole
This saber, more slender and lighter than most options on the market, has an air of delicacy about it. Its blade is made in high polish mirrored stainless steel and the hilt options are exotic wood or olive wood. This is a great saber for someone with good practice in sabering champagne who is looking for something sleek. It comes with a simple wooden storage box.