Oyster Knife - Wye Oak Limited Edition 555 of 1,000

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  • Item Category: Militaria & Weapons
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 10, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House
Wye Oak Commerative Oyster Knife

This is #555 of a SOLD OUT - Limited Edition

You are bidding on an opportunity to bid on a unique piece of American history. The oystering and the 460 year old "Wye Oak" from which this knife was handcrafted, extend back to the earliest European settlements along the North American Mid-Atlantic coast.

See: www.nal.usda.gov/speccoll/images1/wye.html

This year marks 400 years since the first permanent settlement was established at Jamestown, Virginia and Captain John Smith explored the Chesapeake Bay . You can own an indelible reminder of that history.

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This Limited Edition, hand-made traditional style oyster knife master crafted with handles expertly tooled from select pieces of the famous Wye Oak tree . The handles have been lovingly handcrafted and finished by Dale German,

master furniture & cabinet maker with over 30 years experience working with fine woods .Each knife handle has unique coloring and grain qualities produced by the vintage age of the wood. The knife is presented in a handsomely finished solid oak box, and the top lid of the box is engraved with the Wye Oak insignia. The knife design was developed by George Hastings, National Oyster Shucking Championship Winner in 2003.

The knife blades are fabricated of high-quality stainless steel by skilled knifesmiths from the former Carvel Hall Knife Company that operated for many years in Crisfield Maryland . Paul Bartlett, Corporate Chef, Phillips Seafood Restaurant, was instrumental in the conceptual design of the Wye Oak Commemorative Oyster Knife project.

Each knife and certificate were numbered, and only one thousand were made. All knives were sold by April 25, 2006.

The photo gallery features a image of the Wye Oak Certificate of Authenticity, that is signed by Ron Franks, the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The certificate is made from the bark of the Wye Oak tree. The bark was made into paper and then printed by Pyramid Atlantic, a non-profit organization that uses traditional-style printing processes.

The Wye Oak was declared Maryland 's State Tree in 1941. The purchase marked the first time in American History that a government agency

purchased a single tree for preservation. The Wye Oak was one of Maryland 's greatest living symbols and was older than the State itself, estimated at 460 years old at the time of its demise in 2002 .

These beautiful Oyster Knives are fully functional - and will be treasured by following generations of the lucky winner.

T is now a website devoted entirely to the Wye Oak Oyster Knife project.

You are encouraged to visit for "background" information about the concept development and the production of these knives.