The Story of My Handmade Oyster Knives

Here begins the story of my handmade knife for oysters: we all know that these sea creatures are special: They live under the sea and endure years of storms, currents, and waves to become a delicacy. These years have made the oysters quite tough, and you will need a good tool to open them.

Why not have a personalized knife that is as special as the oyster? With an Emergo Designs handmade oyster knife, every oyster you open feels like it has a pearl inside.

This page is all about my oyster knives: the history, the design and how I make them. Emergo Designs makes all the oyster shuckers in the Netherlands, in a workshop that’s located 10 meters from the water.

My knives are a combination of craftsmanship and modern manufacturing. I’m very open about how I make my knives and I make short films to share my methods. I’ve always documented my making journey on social media. I have made a lot of videos about how I make my oyster knives and why mine they are special. I love to make and I love to share what I do.

My name is Alexander Bol from the province of Zeeland in The Netherlands, and I would love to make an oyster knife for you.

Handmade oyster knives by Emergo designs
Alexander Bol, Photo by Mechteld Jansen

Why Oysters?

Our family has been growing and fishing oysters for 100 years in the Eastern Scheldt region in the Netherlands, and as a child, I happily spent my summers working on our family’s oyster fishing ship. It’s really special to be out on the water and I look back with great memories.

Ye 123, the oyster fishing vessel of our familie where I spent my summer holidays growing oysters.
Ye 123, the oyster fishing vessel of our family where I spent my summer holidays growing oysters.

Growing up, I took an interest in designing and making products.

I became an engineer and combined my passion for knife making with my family heritage. In 2014 I developed my first oyster knife.

On a fine Sunday afternoon, my dad broke his cheap oyster shucker. He was lucky that he didn’t hurt himself, and stories about people unsuccessfully shucking oysters led me to create a durable handmade oyster knife.

I was already designing and making knives at the time and decided right that moment to develop a safer, more durable handmade opener for oysters.

Now my company, Emergo Designs, proudly makes and sells exclusive oyster opening tools that ship all over the world.

To see more of the various handmade knife models that I made, please scroll down a little to see the link below.


The Design

The first knife design came forth out a design process with 6 months of development, followed by multiple designs that are engineered using CAD (computer-aided modeling).

The next step was to make 3 different shaped knife models and test them. I visited local fishermen, restaurateurs and even an old Dutch champion in the Oyster Opening. This is a competition to see who can open oysters the fasted and most precise.

With their feedback, I simply chose a model to optimize the knife’s design which became the ”original” oyster shucker.

Moving forward, the design and processes for my handmade knives have continuously improved and even surpassed the first version.

There have been changes in methods too, and new machinery has greatly enabled me to improve the fit and finish in every piece.

Part of the changes was the option to put the Emergo Designs logo and a serial number of the knife.

The Differences Between Oyster Knives and Kitchen Knives

A chef’s knife designed for cutting vegetables has a vertical orientation. The blade is vertically designed and you hold the knife in a way that the edge is oriented downward.

It’s quite different with a shucking knife for oysters: the blade needs to be designed horizontally for both comfort and control when opening an oyster.

These high-quality steel handmade shuckers have very pointy ends for easy entry into the hard shell, which can only break the ordinary steel knife tip.

These handmade oyster knives are a combination of elegant aesthetics with seamless integration of material choice and functional shape.

Making A Handmade Opener for Oyster

The handmade oyster knife that I make is purely made of the beautiful Damasteel or the RWL34 of superior powder metallurgy technology. This makes the blade extremely rust-resistant, and the excellent choice of steel for my knives.

Read more of the forged and folded Damasteel’s amazing patterns on their website.

Next, I proceeded to ground the bevels and glue the hardwood handles.

The thoroughly selected wood used in the knives’ handles certainly adds character and richness to the handmade opener for oysters, for aesthetics and durability.

You can watch how I make my handmade oyster knife in the video below:

The Process

With years spent in experimenting, I now have found an oiling process that makes wooden handles absolutely gorgeous The final steps are making a case, etching the maker’s mark and quality control. It takes 8 to 20 hours to make an oyster knife from scratch.

Quite new to my workshop is the addition of a CNC router.

For creating the knives’ cases, I use a computer-controlled milling machine (CNC).

This new case transforms the knife into a beautiful gift to give or receive. It comes with certificates, maintenance oil, a microfiber cloth, and a meranti wood housing.

How I use the CNC machine can be seen here:

These custom-made shucking knives for oysters make an excellent addition to your kitchen tools. Want this as a gift? Check out my other handmade opener for oysters here.

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Photo Gallery of My Oyster Knives

This page will have you see an overview of the photo gallery of my oyster knives.

Over the years they have continuously improved and details might have changed during the shucker-making process.

I’ve been making such tools since 2013 and this gallery shows some of the many variations that I have made.

This very gallery serves as my customers’ guide in selecting their preferred knife for opening oysters.

Get The Most Functional Oyster Knife

Though the work itself has never been easy, it’s the result that I’m after.

Besides, who would want a shucking oyster knife that doesn’t meet your expectations, right?

An ordinary steel knife doesn’t cut it which is why I make these.

My Handmade Knives For Oysters

Shucking Tools Exclusively For Oysters

Why Choose Emergo Designs?

Use it in the kitchen, at any event/party, or want this as a lovely present, you’re always welcome to place an order.

For inquiries, please go here and I will gladly guide you through the ordering process.

Unique Handmade Knives

Comfort, fun, and functional design are very important to me because that’s what these handmade oyster shuckers are.

Every handmade oyster knife will get the job done, so it’s just perfect for family gatherings or parties.

It’s always a pleasure to make one for you and however you want it.

Functional, Elegant Shucking Tool

Whether you’re a chef, a knife collector, or simply a fan of seafood — you’ve found the perfect tool for oysters.

The goal was simple: to be able to use a shucking tool that won’t break the tip and won’t cause hand injury.

What Comes With The Handmade Oyster Knife?

There is always a great opportunity to own this elegant shucking knife.

That said, it will take about 2 to 4 weeks and once your original handmade knife is shipped I will keep you posted on the progress.

Also, note that an additional request for shipping costs will follow once the knife is ready.

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Handmade Oyster Shucker Models

These tools for oysters offered by Emergo Designs have 3 kinds of beautiful handmade oyster shucker models all of which have been designed and tested to be the ultimate seafood tool.

Due to the knife making experience, these have been constantly updated over the years.

The end result is 3 elegant handmade oyster shucker models to give the user confidence while opening one. 

My company, Emergo Designs, proudly makes and sells exclusive shucking tools for oysters that ship all over the world.

To see more of the various handmade knife models that I made, please click here.

Shucking Tools Exclusively Handmade For Oysters

These handmade oyster knives are made depending on the model.

Exclusively handcrafted with the Damasteel as its blade.

Please go to my photo gallery so you can choose which one you’d like.

If you need an oyster shucking knife before a specific date, please contact me by sending an email first. I will let you know if making the knife before the requested date is possible.

Comfort, fun, and functional design are very important to me because that’s what these handmade oyster shuckers are.

It’s always a pleasure to make one for you and however you want it.

Please also contact me if you would like to add a text, engraving or a logo to the knife blade.

I can provide this service to make the handmade oyster shucker even more memorable.

Emergo Designs’ Oyster Knife Models

Whether you’re a chef, a knife collector, or simply a fan of seafoods — you’ve found the perfect handmade oyster shucker.

The goal was simple: to be able to use a tool for oysters that won’t break the tip and won’t cause hand injury.

Because of that, I thank you for truly believing in Emergo Designs’ workmanship with knives.

Have these Emergo Designs’ knives as a part of your life, and loved ones.

What Comes With The Handmade Oyster Shucker?

There is always a great opportunity to own this elegant shucking knife for oysters.

All of my Emergo Designs handmade knife for oysters is made to order and will take about 2 to 4 weeks and once your original handmade knife is shipped I will keep you posted on the progress.

Please click the button below to place your order.

Also, note that an additional request for shipping costs will follow once the knife is ready.

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Reviews and Contact

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Work of Art

5.0 rating
July 5, 2019

I own many oyster knives so I get to do side by side comparisons. Not only is my E.D. Shucker a stand out in sheer beauty but it’s also extremely functional. The shape of its blade is simply the best I’ve used. It fits the hand and is perfectly shaped for the task it was ingeniously designed to do.

Jeff D.

Best oyster knife I have ever bought

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July 4, 2019

I saw the youtube video and I knew I wanted an oyster knife. My old knife broke and I definitely don’t want that to happen again. The Emergo Oyster knife is really solid and nicely built. It also perfectly fits my hand which gives me a lot of control. This knife will last a life time.
The wood is also really pretty. I love the red colours and the grain. I’d absolutely recommend buying a knife from Alexander

Hans. B

If you have any questions about my knives, how I make them or about other matters, don’t hesitate to contact me. The preferred way is via Email:

The email address is:

info@emergo-designs.nl

Or call me at 0031 614 272 200

Emergo Designs is located in the province of Zeeland in the Netherlands. The postal address is:

Emergo Designs
Ketelkade 181
4463LB
Goes
The Netherlands