from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A knife designed for use in opening oysters, having ordinarily a strong handle and a rather long and slender blade.
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After opening one of the largest, (using his cutlass as an oyster-knife), and making the experiment with due deliberation, he announced himself perfectly satisfied.
The Island Home Richard Archer
Tom remembered well what would have been his portion, as he sat on the dirty cellar steps and pegged away with his oyster-knife.
Yes, -- about as "easy" as "easy shaving" with a serrated oyster-knife!
Or wash oysters in the shell and put them on hot coals, or upon the top of a hot stove, or bake them in a hot oven; open the shells with an oyster-knife, taking care to lose none of the liquor.
The little craft, which was a dapper cutter with an oyster-knife sort of bow and a clean run aft, as if she could race well when heeling over and show a good deal of her copper sheathing, did not exceed the tonnage mentioned by the Captain.
Bob Strong's Holidays Adrift in the Channel John B. [Illustrator] Greene
Last night, on being childishly solicited for twopence, to buy 'lemon-stunners' - a local sweetmeat - he presented an oyster-knife at the twins!
David Copperfield Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 1917
Lords asked him what he proposed doing with the two sacks crammed full of abusive letters addressed to him there by correspondents who thus obeyed a vulgar editor's suggestion, Lord Haldane replied with very good humour, "I have an oyster-knife in my kitchen and an excellent scullery-maid in my establishment: I shall see only my personal letters."
He was working at the time, and he spoke in loud, coarse tones, as he wielded his oyster-knife, having for an audience the usual dozen barroom tarriers.
Tales from Bohemia Robert Neilson Stephens 1886
Her betrothal ring will not come off, Giuseppe; but the delicate bone snaps easily: your oyster-knife can sever the tendon ...
Chita: a Memory of Last Island Lafcadio Hearn 1877
I say, can't you invent a new kind of thing -- a sort of patent oyster-knife to open stupid fellows 'understanding?
The Weathercock Being the Adventures of a Boy with a Bias George Manville Fenn 1870