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Home Depot is full of products we use and love, but no one is confusing the store with MoMA. Abidur Chowdhury, a designer based in London, wants to change that. Here he’s taken the humble hammer and screwdriver, tools that work fine but have boasted the same aggressive, over-the-top design for decades, and given them a contemporary face lift. The first thing he did away with is the inconsistency between handle and head on all these tools, giving the ones in his collection a sleek body that goes from top to bottom. Then the hard edges were removed to make the tools feel a little more approachable. A black finish makes them look sleek and contemporary. We’re not sure if we’ll ever be able to fill our toolbox with these, but we sure would like to.

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While you can go all MacGyver and shuck oysters with a screwdriver or other household tool, we highly recommend you invest in a good oyster knife. Why? Well, for starters, it’s safer. The best oyster doesn’t taste so hot when you’ve got something sharp stuck in your palm. Secondly, it makes the process easier and a bit more refined. Laguiole is an iconic name in knife making and the French brand has you covered when it comes to shucking thanks to the Laguiole Oyster Knife. Made of 420 stainless steel and complete with a wood handle, the Oyster Knife measures 6 ¼” and makes easy work of even the toughest shell. You just need to supply the cocktail sauce.