Victorinox, makers of the Original Swiss Army Knife, has been crafting fine cutlery since the later 1800's. Oysters knives are unique in the world of cutlery. To shuck an oyster a chef is presented with the task of "splitting a rock" first then proceeding to properly process the most tender of meats hidden within. In this endeavor no standard knife will do. The Victorinox Galveston Oyster Knife is an "oyster"killer" of the first order. There is nothing elegant about it. It's an excellent commercial design and means business in no uncertain terms, particularly when used in processing medium and large Eastern oysters for mean gain. The Victorinox Galveston Oyster Knife features a long, very strong, high carbon steel blade with a Red SuperGrip Handle. The forward bulge in the handle serves as a stabilizing thumb rest while the more narrow body behind it enhances a good grip for the rest of the fingers. The rear of the handle is bulged again for good support in the base of the palm. The moderately sharp blade edges run the length of the blade. It is very gently convex (almost flat) on both the top and bottom face of the blade. This is very little narrowing of the blade width noticeable in the first 3-inches. In the final inch the blade narrows to a gently rounded point.