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Oyster Shucking Equipment - Where to get?

ferdlap Jun 2, 2008 10:40 AM

Hi all - I'm planning on shucking a few dozen oysters for a party soon, and need to get my hands on a proper Oyster knife, lead and glove.

Has anyone seen these items for sale locally? Would prefer to not have to ship an oyster lead - gotta cost a fortune.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Professor Salt RE: ferdlap Jun 2, 2008 11:09 AM

    Any restaurant supply or decent kitchen store will have the knife and glove. Where are you located?

    You might be out of luck on the lead anvil, though. I've never seen that in use outside of New Orleans. Honestly, you don't need it. Just have lots of towels around to rest your oyster on.

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    1. re: Professor Salt
      FED RE: Professor Salt Jun 2, 2008 11:18 AM

      amen: a kitchen towel and an oyster knife is all you need. in desperate straits, i've even used a short flat-blade screwdriver.

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        Professor Salt RE: FED Jun 2, 2008 11:22 AM

        An old fashioned bottle/ can opener (the pointy triangle end of kind that you use to puncture the top of juice can) also works in a pinch.

    2. DanaB RE: ferdlap Jun 2, 2008 11:17 AM

      I would try Surfa's in the Culver City area.


      Sur La Table would have the oyster knife.


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        RamFan RE: ferdlap Jun 2, 2008 12:00 PM

        Try a fishing tackle store you can find the glove their and maybe the knife

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          chez cherie RE: ferdlap Jun 2, 2008 02:12 PM

          surfas in culver city has both.

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            lesleyb RE: ferdlap Jun 2, 2008 07:01 PM

            We got our oyster knife at Whole Foods

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              cls RE: ferdlap Jun 2, 2008 09:02 PM

              A thrust or two with a butter knife and they give up nicely.
              A glove?

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                SauceSupreme RE: cls Jun 3, 2008 04:17 AM

                A glove is a necessity on the really hard-to-pry oysters, as it protects the palm of your hand in case the added exertion causes a slip.

                I prefer the "chain-mail" glove as opposed to the large rubber mitt.

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                  cls RE: SauceSupreme Jun 3, 2008 06:25 AM

                  Just remembering the guys at ACME oysters who shuck thousands a day and laugh at the idea of a glove.

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                    FED RE: SauceSupreme Jun 3, 2008 09:02 AM

                    not that there's anything wrong with safety, but the main problem with the glove is that because it protects your hand so well, it allows you to try to force the blade into the hinge. It's really more a matter of finesse ... when y ou find the right point on the hinge, it doesn't take a lot of exertion at all. the main thing force leads to is shell chips.

                2. justanotherpenguin RE: ferdlap Jun 3, 2008 02:25 AM

                  "fish king" market in glendale sells oyster shucking knives. i've been shucking for over 30 years and have never used a lead.

                  1. Davwud RE: ferdlap Jun 3, 2008 04:25 AM

                    I don't know about there but up here, you can buy an oyster knife just about anywhere you can buy fresh oysters.
                    I use a kitchen towel and knife only. I don't really think you need the other stuff. If it makes you feel better then by all means but don't skip the oysters because you can't find a glove.


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