Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Titanium Mini Prybabies!

Hi Folks,

Well it's bright and sunny here today after several days of gray and dim light that are so typical of this time of year. But the brightness comes with a cost, as the temps are quite chilly and I doubt we will get out of the 30's F for the next few days. At least the ground is still bare for now.

I'm still steadily working my way through several batches of items and will be trying to keep rolling right up to the end of the year. We shall see how far I get and I don't want to make any rash promises...

So today I have a big batch of Titanium Mini Prybabies done. These are just beautiful! I changed up this group a little bit and gave them a 7/16" body opening, and also made them another 1/4" longer in length than the earlier steel versions. The resulting form factor is just right for a tool this size and they feel great in the hand.

I gave these a wide variety of stamps as usual, although given the limited real estate, the stamps are a bit more limited and are tending on the smaller side. Lots of fun themes though and plenty of UFOs, skulls, etc. Most of them have contrasting anodizing and I gave these extra polishing tumbles, so the colors are especially vivid. And, for those folks who prefer vanilla, there are a handful completely without anodizing, also a few without stamps as well. Just email me...And there are some lefties in this batch too!

Titanium Mini Prybabies will run $70 plus shipping.. No limit on them. Thanks for dropping by today and I hope your week is going great!

Gone for today, thanks so much!

 

 

Thursday, December 02, 2021

Zirconium QuickDraws

Hi Everyone,

I hope your holiday season is underway and going great! I'm scrambling (!) to finish some projects here, and almost ready with fancy ti Prybabies and some other goodies. I will be trying to have several more sales over the next week...

OK, so today I have the remaining Zr QuickDraws done. I have given these an extra long tumbling and a series of small batch polishing tumbles to brighten them up and give them a lustrous final finish rather than the matte finish of the earlier run. I will use the same pics below, but this group today is a bit shinier. They have my usual wide variety of stamps, and there is no limit on them...they run $70 plus shipping and the link is below. Thanks for dropping by and stay safe out there!

Sold out, thank you so much everyone!    

 



 

Monday, November 22, 2021

Steel Mini Prybabies: Showcase Edition

Hi Everyone,

I hope you're all getting ready for the holidays! It's getting gray, wet and raw out there this week...so typical of this time of year. Still no sign of any white stuff in the forecast, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time.

I've been working steadily this past week to finish projects. Coming up next will be the last round of zirconium QuickDraws. I have a few small odds and ends type of sales to get to as well. Titanium Mini Prybabies are all milled and I just need to do some finish grinding and stamping and then those can be finished up. Figure early December for those... I am still trying to get through the Mini Wedgies and get them to heat treat soon. And I'm still hoping to finish at least some of the titanium Medallions. We'll see what happens but I will get as much done this year as I can.

Today I have the other half of the steel Mini Prybaby project. These are also S30v steel with old school milled V notch. On this group I have added a deep milled circle feature to showcase stamps, and of course there is a wide variety of them here as always. I also have a few lefties if anyone wants to email me for those.

Showcase Edition Mini Prybabies will run $70 each plus shipping and there is no limit on them. The link is below...thanks for dropping in and hope you all are staying safe and sensible this holiday season!

Sold out, thank you!  
 




 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Zirconium R25 Rulers!

Hi Everyone,

Hope you're having a nice fall. It has been a little warmer than usual here in New England for the past two months, but we finally got a frost last week and that put an end to most of the gardens. I've been busy with fall cleanup and putting things away for the long cold winter, which is surely on the way, despite our recent reprieve.

I've had to raise postage slightly as the PO made a rate increase recently. Also, Australia is currently out of play unfortunately. Apparently they haven't been flying many planes into Australia because of the pandemic so first class mail is suspended right now, hopefully just a temporary thing. I'm waiting to hear if they will resume it soon now that they have lifted some lockdown restrictions, but I just don't know at this time. So, very sorry to my Australian friends, but the only shipping available is Express Mail which is dreadfully expensive.  

Things have been steadily moving along in the shop. It has taken some time to get through these current batches, but I'm happy to report that steel Mini Prybabies with a deep milled body feature are at heat treat right now, so those will be coming back in 1-2 weeks. A big batch of Titanium Mini Prybabies are almost done with the milling and will be headed for the finish line in early December. And I'm in the middle of grinding steel Mini Wedgies, so those will be done before the holidays as well hopefully. Those are the main batches that I'm focused on right now, but I have a few other smaller batches that I will try to finish up as well. And I did just get more sheaths for BabySharks, so will have more of those done too very soon.

In other news, I recently had some super cool custom stamps made to my own design drawings. I have several brand new UFO and alien stamps, so look for those starting with the tools today. :)

Today I have a big batch of R25 Ruler tools done. These are made of zirconium and feature a light duty pry tip, 2 inch ruler scale on the front side, 50mm scale on the back side, 5/16 wrench/cap lifter and a 7/16 wrench which doubles as the lanyard opening. A great little tool with a lot of function in a tiny package.

The R25s have a bright stonewashed finish, and have been torch blackened and oiled. And of course, they feature a wide ranging variety of my decorative stamps. There are a couple of plain non stamped ones as well if any vanilla lovers out there want to drop me a line...No lefties however, all the same design configuration for this group.   

The Zr R25s Rulers will run $65 plus shipping and there is no limit on them. Thanks as always for your great patience, and for dropping by today.

These are gone for now, thank you so much folks!

 


 
 
 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

P20 Mini Prybabies

Hi Everyone,

Well it has cooled down finally with the arrival of Fall. The transition has been rather sudden, and the trees have clearly not gotten the message yet as they are still mostly a sad and forlorn green. Usually the peak of foliage season in New England is in about a week but I have seen very few colors yet and I don't know what is in store this year given the unusual prolonged warmth and record rainfall amounts. We shall see...

I've been catching up on all sorts of projects, and some even involve the shop, hehe...fancy Zr QuickDraws with decorations are getting close to the finish line, and those should be coming in a couple of weeks. I'm still working through the BabySharks and have more sheaths coming soon. Zr R25 ruler tools are being milled right now and will be coming along in a few weeks. Mini Wedgies are now milled and just need grinding before sending to heat treat. S30v Mini Prybabies with milled feature are on the bench now and I have started grinding them. Titanium Medallions are on the bench awaiting stamping.

Today I have the first wave of S30v Mini Prybabies done. This is the 20 year anniversary of the first Prybaby release and if I had known then that I would still be making them today I would have been amazed...at any rate, this design pays homage to those first simple tools, although I have made some subtle updates. I had a sheet of 5/32" thick S30v steel lying around so I decided to use it up for this run. These little cuties are just 2.5 inches long and feature the original style milled V notch. I made the lanyard opening into a 1/4 hex so it serves double duty and I also gave these tools the original style rear pry tip. They are chunky, robust and very useful. A second group with an added milled design is coming soon as mentioned above.

The P20 Minis are all stamped with a wide variety of my decorative stamps. There are a few lefties if folks want to email me for them. Please note, this steel will have various minor marks, visible grind line remnants and other little surface irregularities. It's next to impossible to get them all out so please expect some character marks on them. The final finish is stonewashed for maximum wearability although I do have a couple of bead blasted ones here too.

P20 Mini Prybabies will run $65 each plus shipping. This is a small batch so it will be one per customer please....the link is below. Thank you for dropping by and I hope you're having a great week!

 These are gone for now, thank you everyone!

   


 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

BabySharks!

Hi Everyone,

Well, we're in the waning days of summer up here in the Northeast. The days are getting a lot shorter lately, and it's finally cooling down a bit after what seemed like an endless procession of hot days. Indeed, it was the hottest summer on average that we have ever had, and must have been one of the wettest as well. I lost a lot of veggies this year due to rot as the rains simply would not quit. We had about 30 inches total in July and August which is a crazy amount. And we're on track for a a very wet September too.

So, the projects are slowly moving along. I sent a batch of Mini Prybabies to heat treat last week and they should be done about a week from now. A second batch of Prybabies with additional milled feature is next up on the bench and will be sent out probably next week. Also, Mini Wedgies have been milled and now just need some grinding and stamps and then they will go out for heat treat as well. Zr R25 ruler tools are getting milled right now, and Zr QuickDraws will follow those.

Sheaths have been slow to finish on the long awaited BabySharks, but I finally have enough done to put up a sale for some of them! This is the first wave and is only about a 1/4 of the entire batch. More will be coming through the month of September as I receive them. I am hoping to get through them all by mid October, so fear not, many more of these BabySharks are on the way. These first two waves are all just stamped, but some slightly different ones will come in the final group and those will have some further embellishments.

BabySharks are my latest take on ultra compact fixed utility blades. These cute little guys are made of CPM 154 steel with a forward canted 1.25 inch cutting edge. They have a tumbled stonewash finish. I gave them a Tiny Tim style rear utility feature for the handle, and so we have a 5/16 wrench, a small prytip and a cap lifter built in. A 1/4 hex in the center provides a handy grip control point as well as a sheath detent area for secure carry. The top thumb grip area and deep forefinger cutout provide further control and a secure holding position. The ergonomics are very nice on these and the fiddle factor is excellent.

I don't recommend you try to use any of the tool features unless the blade is securely held in the sheath, but these minimalist sheaths have a nice fit and the ensemble makes for a very handy package to have in your pocket or on a key ring. I wasn't really thinking neck knife when I made this stripped down sheath design, but of course you could easily put a small split ring on them and run some bead chain through if you want to carry them that way.

The BabySharks are stamped with a wide variety of my antique and modern stamped images. There are a handful of lefties here as well if anyone wants to email me for those.

Stamped BabySharks will run $150 plus shipping, and due to the very limited quantities these are going to be one per customer please. Thanks for your great patience this summer and hope you all are enjoying the warm weather while it lasts...stay safe out there!

Wow, gone in a flash!! Thank you so much everyone!
 





 

Friday, August 20, 2021

Summer Updates

Hey Everyone!

Yup, I'm still here. In the middle of building that ark though, since the rain just will not stop this summer. We had something like 15 inches last month and it just keeps on coming. My tomatoes have very little flavor this year from lack of sun and too much water, but my sweet peppers are doing great. Outside the woods is steaming like a jungle and swarming with mosquitoes. I think I am down a quart after working in the garden for just five minutes yesterday!

I've been crazy busy these past few weeks with family activities, some small home improvement projects and working in the shop. It's been a tremendously productive summer on the one hand, but on the other hand I can't seem to get any projects to completion. That will be changing soon though...I finally found a sheath maker for my blade projects and they are busy working on them right now. So, in a week or two I should have the first batch in hand and can actually put some sales up. I'm in the middle of sharpening BabySharks right now.

In other news, a second blade project, the PieceMaker, just went to heat treat so those will be coming later this fall. Those have been sitting around for a couple of years, so it's good to finally be getting to them.  

After some debate I decided to add an old school V notch to the Mini Prybaby project, so those are once again delayed for a few more weeks to get that milled...steel Mini Wedgies have been cut and all prepped out for milling. I just got done sanding and tumbling out the Zr R25 ruler tools and they are now finally ready for milling. Zr QuickDraws are also ready to be milled. And I have a heavy duty new chainsaw tool which has just been cut and I'm about to start on prepping those out. Ti Medallions are all ready for stamping and finishing, just have to sit down and get to work on them. Ti KingPins are waiting for me to grind the pins and anodize...

So, tons of stuff is in progress, just infuriatingly slow to get any of it to the finish line. Anyway, hope your summer is going great and you're staying safe and healthy!

BabyShark: