Oyster knife and glove issue

Bada Bing | Jan 22, 201511:19 AM     19

My 15-year-old son expressed interest in trying oysters. I think he had them when much younger, and maybe the prudent thing is to take him somewhere to try a few first. But we're in Indiana, with slim pickings for specialty restaurants, so it did get me thinking about equipment for home use.

I see Cooks Illustrated liked this R. Murphy New Haven Oyster Knife with Stainless Steel Blade:


I also wonder if I should think finally of getting one of those protective gloves at last. But I've heard that oyster residue can be stinky enough that some people use a garden glove and just throw it away.

Any tips on gear? Are gloves washable?

In the past I've just used no glove and a flat-head screwdriver, but I could tell it wasn't an optimal set-up.

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