"I was handed an oyster-knife and instructed in its use"
Oyster knife
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An oyster knife is especially designed for opening (or shucking) oysters. It usually has a triangular blade and a thick, non-slip handle.

Special gloves are worn to protect the hands from the sharp edges of the oysters' shells.

Click here for instructions on how to shuck an oyster.