Oyster knife making 1 on 1

Custom and Handmade Oyster knives
Damasteel is an amazing pattern welded steel that is stainless.
Read more about Damasteel

The handmade and custom oyster knives that I make are stainless steel or titanium. The steel models are beautiful Damasteel or the RWL34 steel. Furthermore Damasteel makes these steels with superior powder metallurgy technology. This makes the blade extreme resistant to rust and resilient against cracking. In conclusion, this makes an excellent choice of steel for my oyster knives. Read more about the amazing Damasteel patterns on their website.

When making an oyster opening tool, I start with the blade. After grinding the bevels and hand sanding, it’s time to create the handles. The materials I use are stunning pieces of Paduk or Desert Iron Wood. Moreover the handles add character to the oyster shucker. The final step is applying multiple layers of oil to bring out all the details and preserve the finish.

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Filming my process

Since 2014 I’ve been filming my knife making process. Every prototype of a new oyster shucker gets filmed and tested. Moreover I share both the highlights and challenges. I invite you to watch some of my YouTube films to get familiar with my creative process.

CNC Milling knives

Ever since I’ve graduated as an engineer, I wanted to bring CNC into my knife making process. It takes a lot of thought and programming to run a computer controlled milling machine. Furthermore the costs of the machine and tooling are sky high. However once the machine is setup, the machine can do automated runs. For me that means doing the rough cutting of the blades and handles, ready for hand finishing. That’s why I’ve changed the naming from handmade to custom oyster knives.

The main reason for using a CNC is the extra creative freedom that this process is offering. The shapes, milling patterns and engravings in the Hugo knife are impossible to make by hand. The Syil X7, my CNC milling machine, cuts around 80% of the knife. However I do the final 20% of the shaping and polishing by hand. Once again I’ve filmed the complete development in a video series called ”Made for Oysters”. In conclusion, the full titanium Hugo oyster knife is now available for sale.

New for Emergo Designs
Milling titanium on the Syil X7 CNC milling machine
Watch the development of my titanium oyster knife
Piece by Piece

Prettiest oyster knife in the world?

Emergo Designs makes oyster opening tools in very small batches. Usually per 3 shuckers at a time and this allows me to do a lot of process improvements. Over the years I’ve been able to add an amazing packaging and add the individual knife number to each blade. And because I finish every knife by hand I can keep a very close look at the quality.

The complete package

Packaging matters

The packaging for each Hugo is amazing an can be engraved.

Oyster opening tools are special in the knife world. A chef’s knife lives in the kitchen knife block. You can find a folding knife in someone’s jeans pocket. But where do you keep your pretty Emergo Designs oyster knife? Not in the kitchen knife block and (hopefully) not in a drawer. To solve this dilemma, all the knives have their own unique wooden box. The wood is harvested local to us and we saw, plane, mill, sand and oil in house.

In 2019 Emergo Designs bought a CNC router. A computer controlled milling machine capable of cutting wood. It allowed us to design, make and use our own packaging. Moreover it was a massive improvement and it gives our oyster knives something extra. For yourself or as a gift for an oyster lover.

Now we also have a laser engraving machine capable of engraving a logo, name or date into this box. This creates the possibility to make the knife set even more special. Please add engravings as on option while selecting the knife and fill in this form for the text/images.

Watch the making of this case

This is of the best videos I have to show both the oysters, the knife and the packing. Emergo Designs developed this knife variant for a company called Zeeland’s Roem. They specialize in shellfish, prawns and other seafood. This shucker was a limited edition of 20 pieces. Moreover Zeeland’s Roem uses all the knives as gifts and for other marketing purposes.

Honest about how i make

With my shuckers it feels like every oyster has a pearl inside.