Having given up on finding reasonable priced oysters at local restaurants, I finally got around to getting myself a good oyster knife so I can open my own.
Knife I chose was a Dexter New Haven (Dexter makes four or five top quality, reasonably priced traditional models, all named for oyster cities. No oysters in New Haven anymore, but when I was a kid I can remember seeing empty shells piled up 10 feet high where the oyster boats docked).
Knife is a revelation. I just hold it up in front of the oyster and they pop open from fear and resignation. Seriously, it is amazing how well the thing works compared to various cheapie and homemade ones I have used in the past.
However, even opening them myself, I am still paying $1 to $1.25 each at fish stores which seems awfully expensive after eating $4/dozen happy hour specials in FL. Anyone know if they are any cheaper near the source, say, in Damriscota or the Cape?