A photo of Alexander Bol, owner and knife maker at Emergo Designs.
Syil X7-20 Epoxy Granite with the LNC 6800 Controller.
Oyster fishing vessel Ye 39. Photo by Vincent Bol
The oyster knife company

Emergo Designs

My name is Alexander Bol and I’m the founder of Emergo Designs. In 2014 I started my company out of my love for design and my families oyster heritage. My family has been growing and selling oysters for more than 100 years in the ”Eastern Scheldt” estuary in Yerseke, the Netherlands.

I studied engineering and this company is a way to combine oysters and design together. My knives are made both by hand and recently also with a bit of CNC. I’m a part-time knife maker, but hope to grow this into a full time occupation.

I have made and sold over one hundred knives to more than twenty different countries. I’d be delighted to make a custom oyster shucker for you.

Top Quality

Custom made by means that I make, check and approve every knife before it ships out.

Chic shuckers

All my knives are elegant and sleek. I really try to combine form with function. The end result is a shucker that looks as good as it shucks.

Why Oysters?

A beatiful oyster grown by my families oyster company H.Bol & Zn. BV.

An oyster grown by our family company H. Bol & Zn. BV.

Family heritage

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.

Fishing in Yerseke

Yerseke is the Oyster capital of North West Europe. Here my father and his brothers used to have their two fishing vessels Ye 123 Hugo Senior and Ye 86 Jacomina. Both these boats were named after my grandparents and I have named 2 of my knives after them. My nephew is continuing the oyster farming business while I keep connect by making oyster shuckers.

Current workshop

My first oyster knives were made in our Oyster packaging facility in Yerseke. Nowadays I’m located 20 minutes away in Vlissingen. But like everywhere in the province of Zeeland, the water is never far away.

H.Bol & Zn. B.V. Oesterhandel is the family oyster farming company. It's located in Yerseke, the Netherlands.

Innovation in opening oysters

I don’t think that there is a company in the world that is more dedicated to making oyster knives. We stopped making all other types of knives just to focus on shuckers. Why? Because our dedication to open these shellfish allows us to learn and innovate. Oyster opening tools are not just a side product to complete the line up, they are the line-up!

Some Emergo Designs innovations:

  • Introduction of powder metallurgy steels and titanium as blade materials

  • Unique blade geometry that does not damage the oyster

  • Circular recyclable oyster knife (HUGO)

  • High end gift packaging for each shucker

The Workbee CNC router from Oozenest making a fixture. Emergo Designs uses this machine for making the packaging.
The Syil X7-20 is making ultra precision Oystil shuckers out of a solid block of titanium.
Syil X7-20 Epoxy Granite with the LNC 6800 Controller.

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