As the title states, I am looking to purchase an oyster shucker. Feel free to talk me out of getting one (if you think I can use some other tools).
Any good recommendation for an oyster shucker? Made-In has an oyster shucker, but it seems rather expensive for a 420HC steel knife. I am guessing it may be from Dexter-Russell since I know Dexter uses 420HC a lot, but it can be another American knife factory. I am happy to pay for $50 if the Made-In one is truly better.
Oyster knife: I’m a sucker for a French one… Here in Europe there are plenty of offerings, and mine is a 25 dollar one from amazon France. Doesn’t have a brand name on it, but it looks old school: brass, wood, stainless steel.
I’ve just had a look on US websites, and this one seems legit, with the same price as here in Europe.
I never really use any protection these days, maybe a kitchen towel if one is hard to open.
I’ve been using a Dexter like this for the past 20 years. fits my hand well and the blade is indestructible. i prefer short to medium length blades as they seem to offer more stability and control. if i’m shucking a large number i’ll don some knife proof gloves, but for a few dozen, a kitchen towel is all i need.
The one I use (apologies, no picture) is about 60+ years old. It has a wooden handle and a short (2-1/2"?) rounded ended heavy metal blade. It has not rusted, maybe heavy stainless. Important for me is that the shorter blade allows me to have more control over the insertion into and jiggling (what words!) throughout the shell. It doesn’t hestitate when prying the shell. No name or mark on it. I suspect it was purchased (or maybe given) from Spenger’s in Berkekey long ago. I wear knife cutting gloves whenever I handle oysters or king crab.
@Pertti They might just be the same indeed. I didn’t realise in the beginning that the blade is different on each side, to accomodate opening the oyster as well as cutting loose the flesh from the oyster once opened. Quite a nifty design.
Also, the tip of the knife is a little bit damaged already because of the hard rocks, but it still works perfectly fine. Do you use yours often?
By the way, just sold my Masamoto deba on kkf! Drinking a martini now to celebrate…