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R. Murphy Knives is one of the oldest and among the few remaining knife manufacturers in the United States.  Founded in Boston in 1850, we have long supported the regional industries that helped build this country, from paper, leather, shoemaking and textiles, to fishing and oystering.  Using the finest steels, all our knives are handcrafted, a rarity in an automated world. We are passionate about keeping traditional methods and creating innovative designs that deliver the sharpest cut time after time.

 Learn more about our company's history.

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Beautiful knife and cutting board sets make great gifts!
Check out the Dismal Swamp Hunter editions of our Hunter and Skinner knives.

We have partnered with award winning bartender-proprietor JACKSON CANNON of THE HAWTHORNE of Boston to create the"JACKSON CANNON BAR KNIFE"



Our New Haven Oyster Knife - Winner - AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN      


Our Damariscotta in THE OYSTER GUIDE by Rowan Jacob Jacobsen


Our Wellfleet (Patent Pending) a "Favorite" in the WALL STREET JOURNAL'S "Off Duty" section


Our Narragansett a Favorite in Men's Journal


Murphy "Stay Sharp" knives are the result of more than 162 years of knife manufacturing experience. Since 1850, the company has produced cutlery for professionals in almost every field. The very finest steels are carefully developed into blades that are accurately hardened and tempered, precision ground, polished and hand honed. Murphy craftsmen produce cutting tools that "Stay Sharp" and provide maximum service. R Murphy is an SBA certified small business.

Most Murphy knives are available for prompt delivery from stock. If your needs cannot be met by any of these shapes and sizes, we will be happy to quote on a special order or for blades only. We will work with you in the development of a knife to meet your requirements. For further information or to request a catalog simply call or write. For special savings look for discounted products on each page. Sale prices change often. 


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Olympia Shucker (PN: OLOYSPH)

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The Olympia Oyster Knife with 2-1/2 inch (6.4 cm) x 5/8 inch (1.6 cm) 16 gauge (2.4 mm) high carbon stainless steel blade with our tough "Murphy Green" polypropylene plastic handle.

This shucker was designed in collaboration with Marco Pinchot of Taylor Shellfish Farms to specifically to open Kumamoto & Shigoku oysters.  The blade has a short (1") four sided eased edge grind that gently tapers to the flat unground blade. Superior to other knives when opening these challenging small "pearls", the Olympia will handle the larger East & West Cost varieties beautifully too.

New Haven Shucker PN: NHOYS

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New Haven Oyster Knife with the classic "bent" tip design - 2-5/8 (6.7 cm) inch x 5/8 inch (1.6 cm) stainless steel blade. Available in carbon steel by special order (please call). Please see our "Knife Care" page on how to maintain your Murphy Knives. 


 About 9 minutes into the video is the Equipment Corner

New England Shuckers PN: NEOYS

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“The Narragansett", "The Wellfleet” (Patent Pending) & “The Damariscotta” (sold individually) oyster knives are as fast and efficient to use as they are beautiful. These hand crafted knives are suitable for professional and occasional shuckers alike.

●The blade - 2 ⅝” perfectly hardened, ground and polished high carbon stainless steel, pointy and sharp yet tough, requires little force to ease between the shells at the hinge. A simple twist of the wrist, a quick cut of the abductor muscle and the oyster is yours.

●The handle - Bubinga, brass riveted to a full tang, vacuum infused to increase stability and water resistance. The wood and brass are polished manually - enhancing the wood’s smoothness and beauty and the brightness and mirror of the brass. Long and thick, it is sized, shaped and contoured to compliment the blade and nest comfortably in your hand.

These knives are versatile and work well on most small to medium East & West Coast oysters. You will appreciate the quality and workmanship of these “pearls” every time you open an oyster.

Shellfish Roll-up Set PN: RUDLS-Set

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Our beautiful shellfish knife roll with our Wellfleet oyster knife, Little Neck clam knife & Crab Meat knife. Made In U.S.A.

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