Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Stainless Steel Wrunts

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Hard to believe it's the holiday season once again. Seems like we just had Thanksgiving about five minutes ago...time is certainly flying this year.

Well, there's been lots of progress here on numerous projects. I just finished prepping out some Zirconium Mini Bermuda Triangle spinners and will be trying to get them finished for a mid December time frame. Still working on the metric 3v steel Crawdaddies and I have those halfway prepped out as well, shooting for a similar time frame finish on those.

In other project news, I have more Mini 5 flute beads coming up soon. I'll be doing a second batch of titanium ones and this time will be anodizing them. There are a few bronze ones left as well so lots of anodizing and string tying is in my future.

Right now I am trying to finish up a big batch of steel Spin Wrench tools. These look somewhat similar to the Hatchling tools I made a while back but are much larger and they are all stamped. Will have those done right after Thanksgiving I hope.

Today I have the 17-4ph Stainless Steel Wrunts done. This is an interesting material and one that I have not used before, so this is basically a small first run test batch. They are all SAE, are Wroid thickness, have a great raw bar texture finish on both sides and there are a few lefties among them...

17-4ph stainless is a highly alloyed steel and has excellent corrosion resistance properties as well as high strength. Not only that, but it is one of the few true stainless steels that is hardenable and it is also magnetic. The maximum hardness is only in the mid 40's Rockwell so it won't hold a cutting edge which is why knifemakers have traditionally ignored it. However, it is plenty hard enough for a pry tool and I was pleasantly surprised at the durability in my performance testing. It held up beautifully to everything I threw at it, including several weeks of keychain carry and heavy use before heat treat, and even an overnight salt water soak after heat treat. The worst I saw was some minor surface discoloration where I had dumped a pile of pure salt directly on top of it for 10 hours and that light tea colored surface stain came off easily using a worn out green scotchbrite scrubby. Normal high carbon knife steels would be heavily pitted after such abuse so that was quite impressive. I'll be using this material again for sure in future projects.

The 17-4ph Stainless Steel Wrunts will run $70 plus shipping and the link is below. A portion of the sale today will be going to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Wishing you all the very best for the upcoming holidays!

These are sold out for today, thank you again everyone!



   

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Metric Wrunts!

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Yup, I'm back again. Still having somewhat mild weather here although it is starting to look a lot like November...no snow in the forecast so far though which is fine by me. It's quite chilly and raw outside today so I'm sure that white stuff is not too far away.

Well today the Wrunt Parade continues! These are the Metric Wrunts with raw bar finish. Steel is the same, CPM 154 at 58-59 Rockwell, and these stout tools are once again built to outlast both you AND your heirs...hehe. The metric wrench set includes all sizes 8-12mm.

These will run $70 plus shipping and since this batch is once again fairly limited in size I will make it one per customer on them. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!

All gone, thank you so much!



Friday, November 17, 2017

Smooth Steel Wrunts

Howdy All,

Happy Friday everyone! I'm back with more...

First of all, thanks so much for the many kind words and emails after the first steel Wrunts sale! They are indeed stout and heavy little guys and I know you're all going to love them. There's something really satisfying about super chunky little tools like this that is hard to define but you know it as soon as it hits your hand. Like little nuggets or something...Great fun...anyway, the first ones went out days ago and should be getting to you today or tomorrow at the latest.

Well today I have the surface ground 58-59 Rockwell CPM 154 SAE Wrunts done. These are still quite hefty even though they are a little bit slimmer than the earlier raw bar version. I consider anything over .200 inches thick to be "wroid" thickness and at .210 inches thick and 30 grams each these certainly qualify. They tumbled for quite a while so have a nice soft feel to them.


These surface ground SAE Wrunts will run $70 plus shipping and the batch is small, only a few dozen, so one per customer on them please. Thanks for stopping by today and I will be coming back in a day or two with the metric raw bar version once I get them finished up so stay tuned.


Smooth ones are gone, thanks once again and hope you have a great weekend ahead!




Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wroidy Steel Wrunts!

Hi Everyone,

Happy Wednesday! It's getting kind of raw out there this week, overcast skies and the air is starting to get that cold weather bite. Typical November weather. I have a sinking feeling I know what's coming next...

Well, the steel Wrunts have come back from heat treat at last and I've been busy with final finishes and sorting them. There are 5 different flavors here, all in fairly small batches. We'll start with the SAE ones first.

Today I have the SAE steel Wrunts completed. These are CPM 154 steel, and at .220 inches thick they are just shy of 1/4", so they certainly qualify as members of the "Wroid" series. They weigh in at 31 grams so they are hefty little guys, that's for sure. The raw bar mill texture varies but is fairly heavy on most of these which is why I elected to preserve it, heavier on the front side and lighter on the reverse side. And a second, smaller wave of these with smooth surface ground finish is waiting in the wings.

The CPM 154 Steel Wrunts will run $70 each plus shipping and it's a one per customer limit on them as the batch is small. Thanks for stopping by today and hope your week is terrific!

Raw Bars are gone, thank you so much!


 

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Anodized Bermuda Beads

Hey Everyone,

Hope your week is going well!

We're still having freakishly warm weather this fall, but it looks like that is about to come to an end this week with our first and very late frost. It's due by the end of the week for sure as Friday's overnight temps are forecast to be around 13F! This will be good because the lawn, trees and gardens are a bit confused this year and need a good freeze so we can finish the end of the year cleanup. Also my cat has become an expert tick collector so I'm hoping the cold weather will finally slow everything down and knock out the bad bugs until Spring.

I've been working my brains out lately, not only prepping my house and shop for the coming frigid winter months, but also cranking out the tool projects. Tons of steel Wrunts are at heat treat and should be back sometime within the next week. I also sent a large batch of a new steel wroid thickness SpinWrench tool, with stamps, off to heat treat last Friday. So there will be some very interesting items coming up as the month progresses. ;)

Also in the works is the final batch of titanium R37 rulers. Hoping to start finishing those next week when they come back from getting their lines milled. In addition, I am halfway through prepping the 3v steel metric Crawdaddies and hope to have those done around early or mid December. And, new batches of special bronze, stainless and brass SpinCoins are finally almost finished...a few other tasty goodies are on the way as well so lots to look forward to before the end of the year.  Zr Mini Triangles anyone? :D

Today I have the rest of the titanium Bermuda Beads done. These all have cute little "wingtip" grinds on them and are anodized a wide variety of solid colors and color fades. Really cool looking. I will be sending these out randomly so can't get into color requests, but they are all nice, and the colors are much more vibrant than how my quick and lousy photo turned out. Terrible flat light yesterday is my excuse and I'm too lazy to reshoot them! Haha......anyway, there is a limit of 4 per customer please and they will run $35 plus shipping....thanks again everyone and I hope the rest of your week ahead is great.

All gone, thanks again folks! 





Friday, October 20, 2017

Fancy R37 Rulers!

Hi Folks,

Hope you're winding up a good week and getting ready for a super weekend ahead! We're still having very mild weather here and despite the drab foliage a few bright leaves have popped out here and there. Very disappointing foliage season though, so hopefully we will have a better one next year...

Well, it's been a very eventful week here. Had some moments of panic after a big equipment breakdown but that is thankfully fixed now. So I can head into the winter months without worry, now that things are up to date and better organized as well. I also managed to get some grinding in and quite a bit of finish work too, so it was an extremely productive week all around....the steel Wrunts are finishing up in the tumbler today and will finally be heading out to heat treat over the weekend. I also got going on the next big batch of ti rulers and will try to get them prepped out for milling next week.

Today I have the next wave of R37 Ti Rulers done. This is a medium sized batch and the bright ano lovers are going to be very pleased I think...I had a lot of fun making these super bright with two tone contrast anodizing. The textured titanium is just shy of 1/4" thick so they are very hefty, and the center holes are reamed for a press fit if you want to install a 3/8 spinner button from Scott McCoskery. The texturing was light and much of it tumbled away but that left very cool mint green colored flecks on these. When contrast anodized to dark colors it makes a sort of Van Gogh Starry Night effect. Very fun stuff and I wish my feeble pics below did a better job capturing just how bright these are.

None of these tools are stamped, but I do plan to stamp the next wave of regular 5/32 thickness titanium R37s that I am just starting to work on now.

I do have some lefties today though... and, for those folks who just can't stand color, I did save out a dozen plain rulers. So if you want a plain one of these super thick R37s just give me a holler (via email please, not in the comments here, as I do not always know who all the folks are who leave messages) and I will do my best to hook you up. ;) lottagear2000-pp@yahoo dot com

The fancy ti R37s will run $85 plus shipping and the link is below. Thanks for stopping by everyone, and have a fabulous weekend ahead!


Sold out, thank you so much everyone!







Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Zirconium KingPins!

Hi Folks,

Happy Wednesday to you all! Hope your week is going well...

Yup, believe it or not, I'm back for the second day in a row with another sale. The slow periods over the past few months were well spent I can assure you, and even though things have been somewhat quiet for long stretches I have been toiling away daily on various projects. So I am hoping that all that preparation and groundwork will set us up for a very busy fall season as I set out to finish many of these projects which I have started and are in various stages of completion. That's the plan anyway, haha.

Well today I have the next wave of KingPins ready to go. I am still in the middle of hand grinding all the pins, so as I continue to pick away at those I will have a few more of these zirconium ones coming, as well as the copper and titanium versions. But for now I have a good bunch of these done in Zr... so, just enough for a decent sale. A few dozen more unmounted Zr heads remain however which I will finish up as soon as I can get to them.

Now then, I have spent a lot of time on these Zr KingPins and I'm pleased with the results so far with this batch. They're a bit tricky to grind but I have a good system figured out for them now and these have a decent amount of taper on the pins. I think you will be pleased as well with the final product.

The Zr KingPins have a heat colored 1/2 diameter head with my familiar 5 flute design. The 5 flute shape is easy to grip and manipulate and provides an excellent anti roll effect, so this tool will stay put when you lay it down! The tapered pins themselves are hardened steel and are 1/8 inch in diameter so quite stout. The KingPins are just under 3 inches in overall length, just about 3 inches total with the included vinyl slip sheath. The simple tubing sheath makes these quite safe to carry in a pocket and is of course easily replaceable. A great tool for all sorts of delicate picking, scraping, poking, sorting and mixing tasks.

The Zr KingPins will run $85 plus shipping and it's a one per customer sale on them for now as the batch is not enormous. If you really need more than one though, just let me know via email and I can hook you up as more will be coming down the road. Thanks for stopping in today folks and stay safe out there!

These are gone for today, thank you so much everyone!