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« Reply #60 on: May 06, 2019, 07:04:32 AM »

Well I hate to say it but I got some jumbo crabs over the weekend and was quite excited to try out the knives. I"ve been eating crabs all my life with either nothing or a butter knife and mallet to crack and get the claw meat out if they are not cooked perfectly and the meat should slide out after cracking the inside claws just above the pinchers . Any ways, the knives slow me down. Years ago, I remember asking  my father in inlaw how he got the meat out of the tiny crevices of the crabs .He said  With an educated tongue.I ordered a pack of  those specialty crab forks and crab claw crackers from Wall Mart to try next. The knives look good but I don't think I'll be using them much . Takes me twice as long to eat a crab playing around with them. I definitely like a claw cracker . 'I'll see how the tiny crab forks workout.

So fingers only going forward?  You're not alone here, I to had the same experience after using knives.  Once I get going the fingers are all I really need.  It's not until the very end of picking a crab is when I get the knife out for those tiny crevices.
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« Reply #61 on: May 06, 2019, 08:12:28 AM »

Well I hate to say it but I got some jumbo crabs over the weekend and was quite excited to try out the knives. I"ve been eating crabs all my life with either nothing or a butter knife and mallet to crack and get the claw meat out if they are not cooked perfectly and the meat should slide out after cracking the inside claws just above the pinchers . Any ways, the knives slow me down. Years ago, I remember asking  my father in inlaw how he got the meat out of the tiny crevices of the crabs .He said  With an educated tongue.I ordered a pack of  those specialty crab forks and crab claw crackers from Wall Mart to try next. The knives look good but I don't think I'll be using them much . Takes me twice as long to eat a crab playing around with them. I definitely like a claw cracker . 'I'll see how the tiny crab forks workout.




 For the folks who use knives for a living, it would make sense . Keeps the fingers clean and probably is what the health department wants to see.

 I watched the guy (Whitey) travel around, eating at different places. It makes him look like a crab eating specialist in a sense. For us finger using folks, as soon as you pick up the crab and tear the shell off, the seasoning is there on your fingers. Picking out the meat with the seasoning on your fingers is what makes the meal complete.  Been doing it since I learned to eat crabs, part of the beauty of eating steamed crabs. Just don't rub your eyes while eating crabs, you'll regret it, LOL.

 As with anything in life, someone always comes up with a way to improve things. The knife companies say "thank you for buying our product"
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« Reply #62 on: May 06, 2019, 09:49:38 AM »

So fingers only going forward?  You're not alone here, I to had the same experience after using knives.  Once I get going the fingers are all I really need.  It's not until the very end of picking a crab is when I get the knife out for those tiny crevices.

It's like anything else in life.  It takes time and practice before you get proficient

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« Reply #63 on: May 06, 2019, 11:21:43 AM »

Patience is not one of my strong suits.  laugh laugh
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« Reply #64 on: May 06, 2019, 12:28:08 PM »

Bobby, that is amazing craftsmanship you did.  And that crab "claw" cracker - wow, id love to find a set of those to own. 

 MIKE

   Thank you for your kind words. I had lost a very talented friend when he went ahead of me.This man was a MASTER CRAFTSMAN, one of which I would not have been worthy to carry his tools. We were the very best of friends, and whenever I went fishing I would see to it that his house had some of the catch Filleted, skinned and wrapped. This man was the best Craftsman in Lancaster County and was awarded the Prize of a New Shop- Smith tool in a contest that was held a very long time ago. He did not even enter this contest by himself, rather a friend entered his name in it without him even knowing it. My forte in life  is art and since I became a welder in my trade as a Pipe-fitter in Local # 520 Harrisburg, Pa , and worked in many Nuclear Power Plants I got quite good at my trade. I have my own welding machine and Argon set up to do TIG WELDING, but to date my eyes are not as good as they once were. However I am going to attempt to make some special Belt Buckles for some of my SPECIAL FRIENDS THAT ARE MEMBERS OF THIS FINE BCA FORUM. Some of these friends already own some of them today. I wish that I can get that Crab Cracker made and give some of them away, I'll have to wait and see what happens in the future. THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR KIND WORDS MIKE YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW IT MAKES ME FEEL !

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« Reply #65 on: May 06, 2019, 05:26:08 PM »

So fingers only going forward?  You're not alone here, I to had the same experience after using knives.  Once I get going the fingers are all I really need.  It's not until the very end of picking a crab is when I get the knife out for those tiny crevices.

There you go!!!! Now you're talking Lew. No amateur there. LOL.
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« Reply #66 on: May 06, 2019, 06:24:01 PM »

There you go!!!! Now you're talking Lew. No amateur there. LOL.

Yeah man, I'm the Honey Badger of crab picking. It's so good once it touches your lips.  Lol
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« Reply #67 on: May 07, 2019, 06:28:16 PM »

Bobby, you are a Master Craftsmen!  Brief story, I retired some years ago as a senior digital and analog electronics specialist at NASA in the Human Space Flight and Hubble Space Telescope division.  I'm a retired rocket scientist.  Every time I saw a welding machine scared the heck outta me.  I wouldn't get near one.  I watched from a distance.  Something very unnatural about plugging in a welding machine and watch sparks fly, while wearing a mask and hold the stuff in your hand.  I'd rather get bit by a 8.5" missed off mumbo than try my luck with welding.   Grin
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« Reply #68 on: May 07, 2019, 06:52:33 PM »

Bobby, you are a Master Craftsmen!  Brief story, I retired some years ago as a senior digital and analog electronics specialist at NASA in the Human Space Flight and Hubble Space Telescope division.  I'm a retired rocket scientist.  Every time I saw a welding machine scared the heck outta me.  

 NAH it's like a walk in the park. I can teach anyone how to weld in two weeks, but remember this I am talking 8 hours a day for 5 days a week. I loved to weld Stainless Steel with  " TIG " which stands for Tungsten - Inert - Gas. If I needed something made for my boat it was going to be made with S S . My eyes are not what they used to be for welding anymore. I have got to wear glasses under my hood and the hood has a 300 mag gold lens in it. I almost need a blind mans cane to find the arc . When I was young with good eyes and a steady hand I could weld with the best of them. I am almost 80 years old and I am going to attempt some work this summer on some S S again. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND WORDS MIKE THAT MEANS A LOT TO AN OLD PIPE - FITTER LIKE ME.

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« Reply #69 on: May 20, 2019, 03:22:59 PM »

I bought 4 knives 3 JO and one curved  pro carvel hall and a set of , long handled mini pickin forks and 2 crab claw crackers like nut crackers   .Spent about $70 .I can pick faster with my fingers  The little 2 pronged forks work well  for tweezer sized meat if you are that picky . I do like the crab claw crackers better than a mallet or wood dowel. That's about all I need. My son wouldn't even try any of it. I guess it depends on what you're used too. They do look fancy though .
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