The oyster fork is also called a seafood fork or a cocktail fork, although some manufactures consider these as separate forks. In general the oyster fork is a small, narrow fork with 3 short curved tines and a proportionally longer handle. The tines are used to spear seafood meat out of its shell, and the curved tines conform to the curve of most seafood shells. The outer tines of an oyster fork are extra wide in order to increase leverage when cutting the membrane that attaches the oyster to its shell. The oyster or cocktail fork ranges from approximately 4 to 5-1/2 inches in overall length.