Really Good Oyster/Clam Knives at China Fair
- StriperGuy Aug 13, 2009 08:22 AM
A ways back there was a discussion of oyster knives, where to buy good ones, and what exactly a good one looks like here:
I have a very particular oyster/clam knife that I like, and it was very hard to find one on line. Most places have the pointy french style ones that I don't like. In fact I think they are dangerous, cause if you slip, you stab yourself. On top of it places like Williams Sonoma charge $10-12 bucks for one.
The one I found on line looked pretty good, though the blade seemed a little wide; price was right at $3.35:
Go figure I was stumbling around Porter Square and walked into China Fair. I needed a few kitchen knicknacks having recently accidentally destroyed a friends corkscrew on a tough bottle of wine.
Low and behold they had the classic, super tough oyster knife of my dreams: tough thick stainless blade, rounded end, a bit narrower then the one above, nice maple handle. Tough as nails. $2.50 at China Fair. Bot two, one for a certain hound's husband whose household knife I destroyed while using it to shuck clams last summer.
(There is no way to buy this knife on line, but I am sure if you called they would ship it).
2100 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140-2012
I lived around the corner from them in the late '70s, when I was first starting to cook seriously. Every time I tried a recipe that needed some tool or utensil I didn't have, I'd head over to China Fair and they usually had it, super cheap. Half my kitchen drawers to this day are stocked with items I got there.
I still go back when I need to stock up on things like everyday wine glasses.
The pictured knife is a clam knife, used to penetrate between the shells parallel to them and cut(but careful not to go through the belly). An oyster knife is designed to pry the muscle apart with the point, then slide under and release the muscle. Each is much easier to use for it's designated task.