Your Georgia oyster knife was made exactly like it would have been forged in the 19th century, over an anvil mounted on a wooden block.
For the very best results eat lots of oysters often, and wipe the knife down with Seafood Hardware Blade Oil when you are finished. Keep your favorite knife in the utility drawer and use it daily to open, pry, hammer or perform any kitchen function you wouldn't want to subject to one of your butter knives, tendorizing mallets or slicing cutlery.
Our knives are tools from prying and hammering, and are not meant to be eating utensils. It has been treated with an environmentally friendly acid to inhibit oxidation,and has been coated with a non-corrosive paint. After grinding the knife or heavy use, a light coat of Seafood Hardware Blade Oil will prevent oxidation. However, should oxidation (rust) occur, a wire brush and oil coating can revive and bring your knife back to the roast table again.