The good folks at Wine Folly are here to tell you that opening your New Year's champagne in a dangerous and flashy manner can be achieved using a technique slightly less dangerous and flashy. Uncorking champagne is always an exciting event, not just because booze is being opened, but because of the imminent risk of injury from flying cork and possibly glass to everyone waiting to get drunk. If you really want to impress/endanger partygoers, you can make like an 18th Century cavalry leader and remove the cork (and the top part of the glass bottle) with a sword or some other long blade. Of course, using swords to open pressurized glass bottles indoors is a bit risky (but still safer than using a .50 cal rifle). So use a spoon or a butter knife. You'll still be cool—after all, you're opening booze.