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At the end of the 1800s, Edison invented the phonograph. Ten years after that—still in the 1800s—Emile Berliner invented the gramophone, which opted for flat discs (aka records) instead of Edison’s cylindrical ones. More than a century later, Kozmophone is combining those iconic designs with modern technology and functionality. It’s a record player that has a fully-adjustable tone-arm with counterweight, an Audio Technica AT 91 cartridge and 33 1/3 or 45 RPM compatibility. That checks all the boxes for a modern record player, but the Kozmophone has so much more that separates it. That iconic, old-school horn is a modern Bluetooth speaker that can be rotated 360 degrees or detached completely and taken with you anywhere. Not sold yet? How about a hologram display, ambient lighting, headphone holder and small storage compartment built into the cylinder? Oh yeah, it also has smartphone wireless charging. The only thing it’s missing is the actual vinyl you’re going to play with it. Kozmophone comes in six different color options (red, black, blue, yellow, white, green) and an 18K gold special edition, with delivery estimated in December of this year.


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.