Food & Drink

Five Southern-Forged Oyster Knives

Be ready for a roast or raw bar with these top-notch shuckers

Photo: David Prince

(Knives listed below are shown clockwise, from top left.)

With its blue-green box-elder burl handle and Damascus steel blade, this shucker by Shannon Reed at Coastal Custom Knifeworks in Summerville, South Carolina, calls to mind Lowcountry tidal marshes.

The lacquered burlap handle of this knife designed by Heartwood Forge in Athens, Georgia, for Decatur’s Kimball House restaurant, takes inspiration from harvesters’ bags. It gives back, too; a portion of the proceeds benefits Apalachicola Riverkeeper.

Culinary bladesmith Travis Weige of Weige Knives in Austin, Texas, sets off his ironwood-handled shucker with a brass bolster and pins.

Zack Worrell and Nick Watson of Monolith Studio Knives in Charlottesville, Virginia, collaborated with the folks at White Stone Oyster Company to design this knife’s comfortable bulb-shaped handle and thin Damascus steel blade.

Richmond artisan Brent Stubblefield’s Join or Die shucker nods to another Southern tradition—the handle is carved from bourbon barrel staves.