Monday, January 16, 2017

Attention: Gear Heads!

Hi Everyone, and Happy 2017!

Hope the New Year is shaping up nicely for you. Things are moving right along here with much underway.

I just sent the CPM 3V steel 12Point tools out to heat treat and so those will be finished in a couple of weeks. More steel projects are in the middle of grinding so I'll be sending those out shortly as well.

A new Keyton version that I mentioned a while back, the K4, is now about halfway done too, just need to do finish grinds and the many final finishing steps on those.

Several bead projects are now underway and those will be coming on starting in a week or so, copper Multi Grips will lead off on those followed by new 5 flute Megas...Also the stainless steel mini shot glasses are close to being ready send out to the passivation step and then they will be coming along as well. The end of this month and all of February are going to be quite busy indeed!

And there is much more. I have been working on new drawings this past week and several of those have been finalized. A sexy new SuperBug17 in steel will be an interesting addition to the lineup this year. I plan to revisit the Wrunt this winter and possibly the Ghost, so those will be fun ones too.

I'm not a big fan of cold weather so the winter time is great for coming up with new ideas and drawings. I have greatly enjoyed working out new designs these past two winters and that important creative time has given me much to work with over the ensuing years. Hope to repeat the process this winter.

Well, today I have something a little different. Who says Lanslide beads have to be turned from round stock? Not me. In fact, I've been thinking about doing some kind of  "tool bead" from flat plate stock for a very long time. This concept may very well turn into a series. There are several possible material candidates and endless design possibilities. We'll see how far this idea goes but so far I really like them.

This first batch of Gear Head Lanslide beads are made of my exclusive krinkle textured titanium. They are the same diameter as a 5 flute Mega, so 5/8" in diameter. I have elected to anodize this first batch and they will come in my usual wide range of solid colors and fades. The center opening will hold a 1/4" hex bit (bits not included) so they essentially can transform from a bead to a miniature thumb driver. The deeply scalloped edges provide a ton of grip obviously, and they can be stacked with other beads in imaginative ways to form "compound grips" for normal lanyard applications. Pretty nifty stuff.

The Anodized Gear Head Lanslides will run $35 plus shipping. It's a modest sized batch so I'll make it a 2 per customer limit on them please. Thanks for stopping by today and for your continued interest and support in 2017!

Sold out for today but a few more on the way. Thank you everyone!



Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Anodized Ti Shutterbugs

Hi Folks,

Hope everyone is staying warm this week. It's been quite bitter here with overnight lows below zero F and very cold daytime temps, but looks like it will be moderating over the next week. That bodes well for travelers over the holidays.

It looks like my new steel shot cups will be finished turning this week. They need to go to the plater to be passivated though (chemically dipped and cleaned to remove raw steel odor from the surface of the metal) and so they won't be ready to go until early January.

Similarly, I have three batches of steel tools almost ready to go to heat treat, but once again, everyone is closed next week. So, middle or end of January on those.

I have another small ti bead project that is very close, so maybe I can get those out in the next week or so, along with the remainder of the Tiny Tim batch. We'll see how it all goes. This time of year is always disrupted due to family holidays, visitors, etc. And of course, there is also the end of year paperwork, inventory, taxes etc that eats up a couple of days. Who knows, maybe I'll even find a day or two to relax and watch football. :)

Today I have another little project that might make it to your mailbox before Christmas. These are the remaining flat ti Shutterbugs and I have anodized them my usual wide range of colors. It's a medium sized batch so I will make it 2 per customer on them and I'll do my best to get them in the mail today if possible. They run $60 each plus shipping.

Thanks as always for popping in today, and my very best and warmest wishes to you all for the holiday season!

All gone, thank you so much everyone!



Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tiny Tim!

Hi Everyone,

A big Merry Christmas to you all and my best wishes for a wonderful 2017!  

Wow, it's been a crazy and frustrating month so far. I have so many things underway but it seems like hardly any projects are able to get finished for one reason after another. I've been running around for two weeks like a chicken with my head cut off. I have never seen so many petty obstacles getting in the way, and my timing has just been awful lately. Oh well, at least I will have a ton of nifty new stuff ready for January and February and it will all apparently be getting done at once. :)

Well today I finally managed to get something finished. I have an adorable little tool for you. Tiny Tim is possibly the smallest multi tool I have made and certainly among the smallest the world has ever seen. Measuring just 1.5 inches long it is indeed as tiny as it's name implies. Made of textured titanium, it features a small XL pry tool, screwdriver, 5/16 wrench and of course a cap lifter. Surprisingly enough, you can open a bottle with ease even when held by itself, but of course you get more leverage if it's on your key ring or attached to a zipper. A small clip is included if you wish to make them into zipper pulls. These will make dandy stocking stuffers for you last minute guys too. Haha, you know who you are...

Plain non anodized Tiny Tims will run $45 plus shipping and it's a 3 per customer limit on them please. Thanks for stopping in today everyone and hope your holiday season is the best ever this year!

Tiny Tims are sold out for today. More coming this week hopefully...thanks again everyone!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Stainless Steel Multi Grips

Hi Folks,

Woohoo, it's a winter wonderland out there today! Sure is pretty to look it although a little messy, and it's going to get very cold as the week goes on.

Well, unfortunately it's now looking doubtful that any new steel tools will be done this year. Between cutting it too close for the holidays and my heat treater shutting down for a week between the holidays it's probably going to be January before they are finally done. It will be a great start to the winter though. In the meantime I have some other projects brewing that I will try to bring to fruition sooner.

I managed to finish up the rest of the Multi Grip beads this past weekend. These are stainless steel with rifle knurling. They have a nice heft to them and a lovely bright finish. Of course 316L stainless steel offers terrific corrosion resistance as it is the same grade they use in dive watches. So these are very good for those who live near salt water or for tying onto anything that will be out in the elements.

The Stainless Steel Multi Grips with rifle knurl will run $30 plus shipping and the link is below. It's a fairly modest batch but I will make it 3 per customer like most of the recent bead batches. Thanks for dropping by today and have a great week everyone. ;)

All gone, thank you so much!

Friday, December 09, 2016

Fancy Wiener Dogs!

Hi Folks,

Well it's starting to get chilly here this week as the Big Freeze moves in on us. Next week there will be days when it doesn't get above 20F so it's turning quite cold indeed. Good time to get moving on winter projects.

You'll be glad to hear that I got some grinding done this week. There's still a lot more to do but I'll keep at it. I really want to get one or two more steel tool projects done before the end of the year. The new K4 ti Keytons are also nicely prepped out and next up for grinding. There's a very good chance I will get them done this year too. 

In other news, some lathe turning is underway at long last and a project that I have been dreaming about for the past year is finally going to happen... Something new in the stainless steel shot glass department! There may be one variation of the new vessel as well, so possibly two new designs are on the way, both of which will perfectly complement the existing lineup. I will certainly keep you posted. And there is a good possibility that they will be ready to go before Christmas.

Today I have the last of the titanium Wiener Dogs finished. These are done up with my fancy two tone contrast anodizing in a wide variety of color combinations. They are quite nice I think and sure to please fans of vibrant colors. Just the sort of thing to cheer you up on the darkest days of the year.

The fancy ti Wiener Dogs will run $70 plus shipping and it's a fairly small batch so one per customer on them please. Thanks for stopping in today and have a great warm weekend ahead!

Sold Out, thank you everyone!

Monday, December 05, 2016

Brass Rifle Knurls

Hi Everyone,

The first real snow of the year is coming down this morning. It's always kind of pretty, but this is my least favorite time of year... partly because it's so dark and also because I know that bitter cold and seemingly endless white landscapes await. It's only an inch or two today though, just to give us a little taste of what's to come.

Well, it was a busy weekend of grinding for me but I am still a ways off from finishing new tools. I have to get some milling done this week and then the final push to get things to heat treat. It will all get done somehow.

Today I have the remaining brass Multi Grips done. These are the rifle knurled ones and they came out very nice. Several thorough tumbles gave them a smooth aged looking finish and they have a satisfying heft to them. I do have a dozen or so of the straight knurled ones left too if anyone cares to email me for them. I also have a few Zr rifles and HAIII rifles too so let me know if you need some stocking stuffers!

Anyway, these lovely rifle knurled brass Multi Grips will run the usual $30 plus shipping and it's 3 per customer on them. A generous portion of the sale today will be sent to the local foodbank btw. ;) Thank you for stopping by and I hope your week is going great.

Brass Rifles are sold out today, thank you so much! :)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Brass Multi Grips: Straight Knurl

Hi Everyone,

Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and pleasant weekend.

Well, I've been scrambling to get some steel projects going all this past week. I have those 12Point tools well underway finally and also a slick new Mini Prybaby that I think you all will be quite surprised to see. I hope those two projects will be completed by mid December in time for Christmas. Maybe I can sneak some steel Mini Triangles through heat treat too...I gotta get off my butt and keep grinding if I have a chance to get all this stuff done!

Also underway are several other projects including various beads, a super tiny cap lifter tool, a very unusual new tool bead project (you heard right, I said tool bead!), and a little something new called the TightWad. In addition, I have an updated metric version of the old Crawdaddy design also underway. And there is a new K4 Keyton design in two different materials on the way as well. We'll see how much of all this I can finish before the end of the year but at least it bodes well for many sales going into the winter.

Today I have some brass Multi Grip beads with straight knurl. They look really sweet on multi colored camo cord. It's a smallish batch but I will make it 3 per customer on them and they run the usual $30 plus shipping for metal beads. Thanks for stopping by today folks and have a great week!

Brass beads are gone for now, a few rifle knurls to come shortly. Thanks everyone!