Friday, February 05, 2016

Stamped Zirconium Mini P15s

Hi Folks,

Happy Super Bowl Weekend! After a long period of relatively mild temps and bare ground we are finally getting some of the white stuff falling today. It's light and fluffy though and I don't think it is here to stay for very long as it will be in the 40's F. this weekend. Sure is pretty at the moment.

Well I have a cool little surprise for you today. After much hemming and hawing I finally decided to do another Zirconium 702 tool. I could have done almost anything but I chose the SAE Mini P15 as it is one of my current favorite designs. These tools are made from my "normal" thickness stock, .160, so they have just enough heft to them, the weight falling squarely between titanium and steel. The material has a subtle sandy texture to it which is the natural mill finish on the sheets. The deep black finish comes from a long process of sanding, tumbling, blasting and burnishing. Finally they are slowly and gently FlameWashed, one by one, and then oiled to bring up the final shine.

In addition I have stamped these Prybabies with a wide variety of both my antique and modern stamps. Great fun and a nice way to showcase this rare and exotic material.

The Zirconium Mini P15s will run $110 each plus shipping and obviously it's a one per customer sale. The link to purchase is below...have a terrific weekend everyone and enjoy the big game on Sunday.

These are sold out, thank you once again everyone!


Friday, January 29, 2016

T-Wrex Winner List!

Wow, another terrific turnout. Thank you so much!

Without further ado, here is the randomly drawn list:

5 Ansel1
47 Elysium1230
48 tmw
81 Andwoodle
82 Hammertime
112 JHS
138 stnphoto 
161 Eskerbillion 
165 parallax
172 kevinK
177 Joe
178 SexyT-Rexy-baby!
186 alva
192 Bkturnr
229 Kahowell13
250 Jalessi
355 buckerroo1
366 NickNardone
380 artmax
392 Han
393 BadKarma
394 Hope to get it
405 jdbeltran
420 bluejay68

Thanks again everyone, will send the emails out shortly!


Hi Everyone,

Well, January is rapidly drawing to a close and I'm always happy to see it go, because it means spring is not too far away now. This year we have lucked out big time, especially compared to the miserable winter we had last year. Luckily the big storm last week missed us entirely and we currently have no snow cover at all. That's hard on some local wildlife and certain trees but it's quite pleasant for humans and for my winter heating bills!

Much progress has been made this week. I worked on a broad variety of projects. Almost ready to send CPM 3V P10 Metric Prybabies to heat treat. 3V Mini Wedgies will be next on the steel to do list and they are already well underway. Krinkle ti Termites are cut and I started prep work on those to make them ready for milling. (They will be straight btw, no XL bends because bends on interrupted edges cause micro cracking and high rate of tool loss.) I also came up with a couple of brand new drawings, one of which is headed for fast track production: Little Jimmy, aka the SikStik. And in other news I managed to secure a nice supply of the gorgeous Krinkle textured ti material before it disappears forever, enough for several years of future projects. Lastly, I am finishing up the last steps for some rather special Mini Prybabies and those will be forthcoming very soon.

Today I have a little Sign Up Sale for you. I have a couple dozen heavy duty Roid CPM 3V steel T-Wrex tools with extra grinds and vintage finish. These are the remaining pieces from last year's batch and I just got around to putting the final touches on them. They are identical to the originals but have extra grinds, mostly of the face grind variety.

The Xtra-Wrexes will run $90 plus shipping and the link to sign up is below. (If the link is no longer there it means the sale is over...) The Sign Up period will run 30 minutes, from 2PM eastern time until 2:30 PM eastern time, after which I will remove the sign up link, sort the entries and pick the winners. PLEASE ONLY SIGN UP ONCE! Duplicates will be discarded.

Sign up is over and I will post the winner list shortly. Thanks again folks!

List of Entrants

Sign Up Sale Rules, Please Read!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Do You Live in Hong Kong or Singapore? Also, Postage Rate Changes

Hi Folks,

Just a quick note...paypal shipping labels have changed and I'm having trouble with certain Asian cities...if you live in Hong Kong, Singapore or Taiwan please take a moment and go into your paypal account and make an address change.

The problem is that those cities are also considered countries. You need to make sure that you put down for example, Hong Kong, as BOTH your country AND your city. Otherwise, the paypal software does not allow me to edit your address and add your city. In other words, there is no city address field to which to add the correct city and so the software rejects it and I end up having to tediously create the mailing labels by hand.

Also, I just noticed today that the postal rates (including US) have changed across the board. New International Priority Mail rates are as follows:

Most International: $29-31
Canada: $23

I know there are a bunch of folks using remailing services in the US so that they can pay the US shipping rate. I am not sure exactly how that works but it is definitely worth looking into if you buy a lot of stuff from the USA. Maybe someone can chime in here and let us all know how those services work.

Thanks for bearing with me! 


Plain Hangman 2.0

Hi Everyone!

It's a bright and sunny week here in Massachusetts, although seasonably chilly. Certainly there are no complaints here though, this winter has been very mild compared to the brutal temps we had last year. And it's looking like the big storm that is bearing down on the mid Atlantic states will miss us. We'll take it.

Not too much new to report with projects. I'm slowly working on a few things and will try to get at least one batch of steel items out to heat treat this month. More will follow next month too.

Today I have the rest of the Krinkle Titanium Hangman 2.0 batch done. These are the plain ones, without anodizing. They will run the same as the previous ones, $65 plus shipping. The batch is fairly small so it will be one per customer on them as usual. Thanks for stopping by folks, and I hope everyone is having a great week!

Hangmen are gone for now, thank you as always!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hangman 2.0

Well, Happy 2016 Everyone!

I hope the New Year is treating you well. Mine started off a bit rocky with a nasty stomach bug but I'm long past that now and settling back into a nice work routine this week.

I still have a pile of projects left unfinished from last year and I will be working on those over the winter as well as a few new items. Those 3v steel Mini Wedgies (same thick stock as the T-Wrexes) are still lying on the shelf taunting me and I will have to start grinding those pretty soon. I still have a batch of Tombstones that need grinding and milling and hope to get them going in the next month or two as well as 3v steel P10 Metric Prybabies.

Then there are some brand new items. A newly redesigned and updated Termite in Krinkle Titanium is already cut and on the bench as well as two more textured ti tools on paper. There are a couple more bead variations coming as well. And for those fans of stamped and textured items, something completely new and different will be forthcoming later this winter if I can get it all working to my satisfaction.

Today I have the first wave of new Hangman tools. These little hooks have been one of my most popular offerings in the past year or so and for very good reason. They not only look cool but they are so handy to suspend your keys from the inside edge of your pocket. I hate having my keys and tools bunched up at the bottom of my pocket and have grown rather fond of keeping them tucked up towards the inside where they almost disappear into the crease of my leg.

You cannot imagine how many variations of this tool I have played with over the past three years. I tested sample after sample, at least a dozen, before finally settling on the existing design. So when I set out to update it I tried yet again to make a larger and more complicated configuration and finally concluded that you just can't beat small, strong and simple.

The new Hangman is made of thick Krinkle textured titanium so is more robust than the first version and of course they look fantastic as well. I added a little extra length at the bottom and ground a small pry tip, but they are essentially the same footprint as the originals. These are anodized a wide variety of colors, mostly solids, and there are some rainbows and color fades here and there too. If there are enough left for a second wave I will probably leave them without anodizing for all the plain vanilla fans out there. (You know who you are!)

The new Hangmen will run $65 plus shipping and it will be one per customer on them. The link is below...thanks again for your patience everyone and for making 2015 such a great year for me. Lots of goodies ahead for 2016 so stay tuned!

These are gone for now, thank you as always folks! :)

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The List!

Thanks everyone, I always appreciate all the participation and kind words! You guys are the best. :)

So without further ado, drumroll please...

33    PUZI
37    Glen
86    Mark B
100    Randy
125    JohnnieBlade
139    wellthisiskj
164    double-edge
175    Rayray
188    Ladusway
189    Billylin93
207    markdjr
259    Merry Christmas
273    Thorn
282    DismalScientist
291    snowewhite00214
293    Cerhio
310    blueumbrella
322    Strured5
325    Jimmmyz
338    Andydoc
353    STLWill
355    Nibs and Coffee
391    whopperjr
406    bebrown1075

I will send out emails in a few minutes. Thanks so much everyone and Merry Christmas to all!

Fancy Stamped Nibbles: SUSale

Hi Folks,

Hope you all are having a nice relaxing weekend! The holidays are often a bit stressful but it's also a great time of year and one that I look forward to. Spooky warm this year though.

So, how about something a little different? I was having fun when I stamped this batch of Nibbles and I went a little crazy on some of them. As I was doing the stamps it occurred to me that some of them seemed to tell a little story. Or maybe they suggested a phrase or perhaps a title to me.

Anyway, I finished the batch and sent them off to heat treat but I kept thinking about the multi stamped ones and those words kept running through my mind. So when they came back from HT and I finished them up I decided to put these aside and write a little something on each card. Some are pure whimsy and some are very descriptive, others are simple stream of consciousness and association; whatever came to mind in the moment. Kind of a performance art kind of thing I suppose...I hope you enjoy them!

There are a total of 24 of these and I will send you whatever I send you, they are all cool though.

The Fancy Nibble SUSale will run until 11AM Eastern Time so one hour. After that I will shut it down and pick the winners via random number.

These special multi stamped Nibbles will run $85 plus shipping and the Sign Up Sale link is below. If you have not participated in one of these before please do read the rules! There is a strict one entry per person and please make sure your email address is valid or I won't be able to contact you in the event that you are one of the winners.

Sign up is over and I will post the winner list shortly. Thanks so much everyone and have a great holiday week ahead! 

List of Entrants

Sign Up Sale Rules: Please Read!


Friday, December 18, 2015

Ti Multi Grip Beads!

Hi Folks,

Happy Friday! I'm looking forward to the weekend myself and taking a day or two off. We're supposed to have a little bit of sun too which is always nice during these darkest days of the year.

Today I have a sweet treat for you. These Multi Grip Beads in titanium came out so nice, absolutely gorgeous colors. I was able to figure out some new anodizing tricks this week and so the majority of these are rainbows, color fades and multiple colors of all descriptions and combinations. There are a few solid colors mixed in as well but by far most of these are multi colored. So much fun.    

The Ti Multi Grips will run $33 each and the link to purchase is below. The batch is modest in size so I will make it a two per customer limit on them. Hopefully this winter I can do another run and get some more of them out there, maybe even a batch of plain ones, but for now these are all anodized.

All gone for now, thank you so much everyone!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Stamped Stainless Steel GripCoins

Hi Folks,

And a happy Wednesday to everyone! We're finally getting a break in the gloom and a little sunshine is brightening up the day here. I can't believe we've escaped that fluffy white stuff so far but I will certainly take the mild temps this winter. And they are predicting almost 60F on Christmas, crazy! Thank you El Nino.

I'm slowly but surely making my way through all these projects. I'm not yet sure what else I will be able to finish this year but almost certainly the titanium Multi Grip beads will be happening in a day or two. If we are lucky I might get one more tool sale of some kind in before Christmas and there is a strong possibility I might have something else done in the week between Christmas and New Year's. We'll see how it all shakes out and how ambitious I am. Whatever the case, so much is going on that January is certainly going to be a busier than usual start to the New Year so please stay tuned.

Today I have a small batch of 303 Stainless Steel GripCoins done. These have a variety of my familiar antique stamps as well as a few carefully chosen modern newcomers. I dug up several seldom used examples of the antiques too so there is an interesting variety of images here. Fun stuff and I think you will really enjoy them.

The stainless GCs will run $45 plus shipping and the link is below. One per customer on them please. Thank you so much as always for coming by today and hope you all aren't too stressed out from the holidays yet!

Stainless are gone, thank you everybody!