Scissors for cutting king crab shells

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  1. Oct 11, 2019 #1

    dmonterisi

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    Hi, several nights a week, I work a raw bar. Cutting the shells on king crab legs is a pain. I have small joyce chen kitchen scissors that get the job done but they are not ideal. I'm looking for something a bit more robust, still small and with offset finger holes/handle so that i can keep my knuckles away from the spiny points on the shells. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks!

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    I was under the impression that for shellfish this kind of japanese cleaver and this technique is the way the experts do it.
     
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    i'm not sure if it helps but i have seen scissors for long legged crabs in Japan. very common in restaurants and knife shops. try googling for it
     
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    Kanibasami (crab scissors) are very common in Japan, and not very expensive.
    I personally prefer to use a Deba. Either will get the job done. Just a matter of preference.
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    At the Asian market you can find Myland brand scissors for $5-10 with "gold" or rubber grips that work well for this and lobster shells
     
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    Excellent, thank you for all the suggestions.

    I hadn't thought to try a deba. I don't know if it will work for our preparation where the entire 4 segment leg and knuckle is kept whole and the shell on the underside (the white part) is cut out by making 2 long cuts the full length of the leg. This will give me a reason to go shopping for a deba to try it out.

    this product looks excellent for the claw presentations both crab and lobster. i'm ordering this today. thanks!

    whoa. i haven't ever really bonded with a nakiri- now i know why, i've been using it wrong all along.
     
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    tonight i used a double bevel anryu honesuki. worked great. pointed tip was excellent for piercing shell and pulling through. much cleaner presentation than scissors. am in the market for a deba so i will try that as well. but happy to have a better option than scissors. thx all!
     
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    :D she forgot to use a mallet.
     
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    My order from Toadfish arrived yesterday. These are fantastic, well put together products. bringing the crab cutters to work tonight. also got a really nice oyster knife and the shrimp cleaner. recommend checking these guys out for sure.
     
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    The hand towel / cloth is my favorite piece from their set. Oyster knives a very close 2nd. Guess I need to get some crabs....
     
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    Crab is one of my favorites:) Those look good for claws.
    King crab legs a Deba works. Curved seafood scissors also work for legs & lobster tail.
     

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