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« on: September 17, 2009, 07:08:34 AM »

Looking to buy some crab picking knives. Which ones are your favorites and where can you buy them?
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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2009, 07:12:11 AM »

Do a search on here and you'll see where it has been discussed several times .
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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2009, 07:18:21 AM »

I use a regular serrated butter knife.  (they won't let me play with sharp objects!) Grin Grin
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2009, 12:20:37 PM »

butter knife is the best laugh
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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2009, 12:23:18 PM »

I like these best....
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2009, 12:41:36 PM »

I've found an old paring knife in the back of the drawer that works excellent for me.
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2009, 12:44:26 PM »

Yeah I have both the casson knives antman post a pic of.. and I also have the newer carvel hall straight knives.... they are sharp and cut better , but I like the balance of the casson knives..overall  they are modeled after the old origianl carvel hall knives I believe.. got the casson knives for $9.99 each...carvel hall knives were a wedding present with match pewter mallets... which I never use......lilke the plain old $1 wood mallet best.. Grin
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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2009, 01:32:33 PM »

Carvel Hall Tru-Pro... can find them ebay here and there.  Best knife out there, IMO. Wink

Baltimore Tool Co makes a knock-off of the tru-pro.  They say its from the same molds carvel hall used, but I think they are slightly different.  But you can find those at hardware stores sometimes. Wink

http://www.bluecrab.info/forum/index.php?topic=3038.0

the second pic down shows tru pros.
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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2009, 02:04:31 PM »

Carvel Hall Tru-Pro... can find them ebay here and there.  Best knife out there, IMO. Wink

Baltimore Tool Co makes a knock-off of the tru-pro.  They say its from the same molds carvel hall used, but I think they are slightly different.  But you can find those at hardware stores sometimes. Wink


The ones made by the Baltimore tool Co. are supposed to be the same as the Tru-Pro.....I've got some and can't tell the difference.

Joe Parlett sells them....he's in Mechanicsville md.
I rounded the tips on mine but, some put a 90* bend in the tips to pull the meat out.
Joe has them for about $12

 
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2009, 09:57:51 PM »

Bought a pair of Cassons last year after reading the above thread Seaweed posted. Always been a butter knife man myself but was curious. Kefauver Lumber had a bunch sitting on the counter and it was a couple days before Christmas so guess what was in the wife's stocking.  About the same to use as the butter knife, not sharp, just a little smaller and has a nice feel. I only use a knife on the claws to crack them (not smash) and dig out any meat after pulling them apart. The rounded tip scoops out the meat nicely. My son likes to cut the body halves in half so I may look for a couple of the Carvel Hall Tru-Pro type, sharp, for him this year.
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« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2009, 11:22:24 PM »

I like these best....
nice,those fancy ones can be costly.
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« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2009, 06:52:36 AM »

Bought a pair of Cassons last year after reading the above thread Seaweed posted. Always been a butter knife man myself but was curious. Kefauver Lumber had a bunch sitting on the counter and it was a couple days before Christmas so guess what was in the wife's stocking.  About the same to use as the butter knife, not sharp, just a little smaller and has a nice feel. I only use a knife on the claws to crack them (not smash) and dig out any meat after pulling them apart. The rounded tip scoops out the meat nicely. My son likes to cut the body halves in half so I may look for a couple of the Carvel Hall Tru-Pro type, sharp, for him this year.
Tru-Pro's are not sharp..  Cool
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« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2009, 07:03:06 AM »

butter knife is best it is my personal experience,my friends Mike Everio, Christopher Freville and Alison Sharman used it on 22nd January 2004 during our visit to a waterfront.
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« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2009, 07:16:02 AM »

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Tru-Pro's are not sharp..

Thanks, good to know.  Are there any that are sharp or just stick to the paring knife?
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« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2009, 07:31:31 AM »

Thanks, good to know.  Are there any that are sharp or just stick to the paring knife?
We have a set of Cassons and they work well and will cut crabs in half but you can always put a edge on one if needed.
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« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2009, 07:41:30 AM »

Tru-Pro's are not sharp..  Cool

I keep mine sharp, but those "giftbox"  Roll Eyes Grin knives in your pic are not.  I don't see how anyone can pick a crab with a dull knife, but I guess some people do.  Lot easier with a sharp edge on it Grin
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« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2009, 07:46:05 AM »

I keep mine sharp, but those "giftbox"  Roll Eyes Grin knives in your pic are not.  I don't see how anyone can pick a crab with a dull knife, but I guess some people do.  Lot easier with a sharp edge on it Grin
Pickers down here are not allowed to have sharp objects....  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2009, 08:38:20 AM »

Thanks to all for the info, very helpful. I also found some made by (Morty the knife guy) They look like they might work well also.
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« Reply #18 on: September 18, 2009, 05:09:52 PM »

There are at least two Carvel Hall knock offs out there.
Baltimore Tool with Crab Knife stamped into the other side of the handle is a good knife with a polished surface.
Another Carvel Hall style knife with a brushed surface and no handle markings is a lesser quality knife.
It's stainless steel also but the ones that I bought are showing signs of rust!
They are of a lesser quality stainless.

I have some Cassons knives also but prefer the Carvel Hall style.
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« Reply #19 on: September 18, 2009, 06:04:40 PM »

I had a crisfield " hard derby " knife I got in a box lot at an auction...somehow I think it got rolled up in the paper and thrown out...anyone have one of these..It had a heavy chrome handle for cracking and a short 2" paring knife like blade..Had crisfield hard derby printed on the blade..did not look like any of these other knives.
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