Oyster knives from scrap

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Project by piddlinchic posted 46 days ago 919 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few of the oyster shuckers I’ve been working on. The blades are made from old saw blades and the handles are wood scraps from a woodworking shop. It is so much fun to take things from the “burn pile” and make something usable. I know the shape is not conventional, but I like it :)

The first and second are spalted elm. They were from the same piece of wood, just different parts of it.
The third picture is a piece of cherry with a pearl epoxied in a natural crack.
4th is black walnut
last two are locust, the last one has natural turquoise jasper gemstone pin tops (the actual pins are brass, I just was going for a different look….although, my husband says it is “girly looking”)

Thanks for looking :)

-- Learning by method of trial and error...right now, mostly error :)

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#1 posted 46 days ago

Pretty awesome! What kind of saw blades are you using?

BTW, it’s ok for your knives to look “girly” after all, you are a girl… I think they’re all really well done!


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#2 posted 46 days ago

well, maybe the turquoise could be. They are all very nice looking though. The proof is in the pudding as they say, so how well do they work?

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#3 posted 46 days ago

Thank you. These are from “skil” saw blades…I know in the knife world this is considered Mystery Steel and is often not used because of it’s unknown properties, but I figure for oyster knives, it should be OK. They are plenty hard, my main concern is with the corrosion. I’ve been experimenting with different finishes and seeing how they respond to repeated salt water soaking, so far, so good.

They work fine, the metal is strong and the handles feel nice. Ergonomically, I like the curved knife because of the twisting and turning necessary to open stubborn oysters. I could not find anything like it in a blade blank, so I figured I would just make it myself. Little did I know I would end up spending 3 – 4 times as much effort on the blades as I do the handle. But either way, they are fun to make and keeps me from getting too bored.

-- Learning by method of trial and error...right now, mostly error :)

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#4 posted 46 days ago

Great looking knives—all are very nicely crafted.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 46 days ago

Very nice designs.

Since I’m from the northern left coast and we generally do abalone rather than oysters, I’ve never shucked an oyster. So I don’t know the typical knife length. How long are yours?


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#6 posted 46 days ago

Overall length is about 6”...i live in Georgia, and most oysters we buy come from Texas and Louisiana, some are quite large, but some have clusters with really small shells. This length knife works well for all sizes in my experience.

-- Learning by method of trial and error...right now, mostly error :)

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#7 posted 46 days ago

I love em! The cherry is my favorite handle so far. I’m with your husband on the “girly” one. But girls need oyster knives too!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 46 days ago

These are FANTASTIC!

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA,

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#9 posted 45 days ago

Great. Really nice work. Congratulations.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#10 posted 45 days ago

What is a “manly” knife? This girly knife looks pretty promising for some serious damage if needed.


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#11 posted 44 days ago

Hmmmm. My wife does beading – maybe you could talk to her. BTW, nice looking oyster knives.

-- woodNfish

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#12 posted 33 days ago

You shouldn’t have to worry about a man snatching your girly knife. LOL. They all look great. Steve Goode put up something about filling in holes and cracks or cutouts with Filo clay. You fill the spots in, over fill a litte. Then cook it in the oven for awile and then take it out. You can sand the excess of and i think you would have some really gorgeous knives. Multi mediams would look great.
Steve has a scrollsawing website. I think he is on here to. Good luck and i hope to see you try it.

-- Leonard H.

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