Opening of a bottle of wine with a saber stroke is certainly an extremely suggestive rite, usually limited to important occasions. Of course, such a rite must be performed by an expert, or the risk is to destroy the bottle. The tradition originated with the hussars and the cavalry of Napoleon. After a victory, the First Empire officers uncorked the champagne bottles directly with a dry saber. From the Napoleonic cuirassiers to the presidential ones and, to date there is a confraternity, keeping this tradition alive. The Sabre d’or counts over 12 thousand partners all over the world.
To uncork the wine with this method you must hold the bottle firmly with the thumb in the hollow, while the right holds the saber, which must hit the raised part under the mouth of the bottle.