Oyster knives from scrap

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Project by piddlinchic posted 07-07-2014 07:35 PM 3355 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 07-07-2014 07:39 PM

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 07-07-2014 08:22 PM

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 07-07-2014 08:23 PM

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 07-07-2014 09:24 PM

Great looking knives—all are very nicely crafted.

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#5 posted 07-07-2014 09:47 PM

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?


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#6 posted 07-07-2014 10:58 PM

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 07-07-2014 11:40 PM

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 07-07-2014 11:45 PM

These are FANTASTIC!

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#9 posted 07-08-2014 11:50 AM

Great. Really nice work. Congratulations.

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

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#10 posted 07-08-2014 06:22 PM

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


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#11 posted 07-09-2014 04:17 PM

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

-- woodNfish

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#12 posted 07-20-2014 02:20 PM

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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