Hemingway said that “auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports … all others are games.” Sometimes lost in the excitement of action sports is the true danger they possess. Mountain climber Conrad Anker knows this firsthand because an avalanche killed his best friend while Anker was with him. Instead of quitting climbing, Anker learned that to truly participate in what he loves, he’d have to come to peace with death. Here’s how it’s impacted his everyday life.

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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.