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Well the last thing I needed to do is find another odd ball knife to collect but that's just what I did.
I'm sure plenty of people will tell me they're not odd at all. While they aren't really a fishing knife they are used by lovers of a particular type of of seafood -- I'm talking about the oyster shucker.
Surprisingly they come in a variety of shapes and sizes which means I will undoubtedly end up with more than one in the collection. I'm not goign to pretend to tell you what makes a good shucker. I'll leave that to someone who actually has shucked oysters. Heck, I've never even eaten one! One I can tell you was written at the R. Murphy Web Page. They've been making Shuckers for over a 100 years.
I suppose I could've bought the cheap-oh $5 shucker by South Bend but I decided to go for broke and bought a USA made one by R. Murphy. To top it off, rather than getting their cheapest model I went for the most expensive in their line; The Carolina Shucker.
Here is what they had to say:
Charleston Oyster Knife with 2-2/8 inch x 11/16 inch high carbon stainless steel (420HC) blade. This knife is perfect for southern oyster roasts. There is a high carbon stainless steel guard to protect your hand when breaking apart the clumps of naturally growing Southern oysters. The Bolivian Rosewood handle is turned, detailed & oiled to create a unique, beautiful design.
I've already got three other styles from other companies on order, all are less expensive than this one.
However, you have to admit this one is a true beauty!
A couple more on the radar for purchase but I saw this shucker and had to get it. I assumed it was made in China. Turned out to be Pakistan. But it would seem that Baladéo, the company that made this "Laguiole" Shucker has pretty decent quality control. Either that or I just lucked out. Nice pakkawood handle with smooth pins, nice peasant cross and decent 420 shucker blade. While the blade isn't sharp there is definitely a spine side and edge side. (spine side having the "bee".
Pretty nice looking Laguiole shucker. Happy with it. (Laguiole is pronounced lai - jyuall try to say for the first part try to say "lay" but have it come out "lie" and for the second part start to say jar but say Y'all" instead LOL ... I'm sure no matter how I try to say it it will make anyone who speaks French cringe!) Don't care. Its a cool little shucker and extremely well made. About the best thing I've yet to see coming out of Pakistan. Under $14 shipped.
Thanks. I'm overall pretty happy with the little shucker. Might need to learn to shuck if I plan on buying any more. LOL
J.J. Smith III said:
Love the bee embellishment.