Friday, August 31, 2007

Next Generation of Atwood Tools

I've been working through some ideas lately. Some of this stuff I've been dreaming about for a couple of years and I'm just now able to make it happen. My original idea for the O ring retention system kind of morphed into something else and I'm very pleased with the results. It's interesting how these ideas evolve and take shape and it's a lot of fun for me to go through the process. It's especially good when I can finally get to a finished design.

The BottleBug tool features a 1/2" wrench opening in the bottle opener area and a small pry tip/screwdriver.



The Crawdaddy tool takes the concept even further. It is loosely based on a late 19th century or early 20th century antique wrench tool that a good customer sent me for my collection. The antique tool had machine filed teeth and showed evidence of crude forging. I updated the design considerably and limited the sizes to just six: 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2 and 9/16. The two holes where his "eyes" would be are sized for a bead chain for a convenient neck carry option if desired. The Crawdaddy is just over 3 inches long so it will ride well on a keychain or in a pocket too.



One of the things I like about this series is that you can store any standard one inch long 1/4" hex bit that you want. So if you want Phillips you can have it. Square drive, Torx in any size, 1/8" hex if you want one for your Strider pivot, tamper proof bits of all kinds. There are literally dozens to choose from but I will be supplying a nice USA made #1 Phillips with these.



The O rings keep the bit plenty snug and the bit is accessible from either side so the tool is ambidextrous. The last O ring partially covers the 1/4" hex opening and so when you stick the bit in the hole, again from either side, the tension from the O ring holds it in and keeps it from falling out on the floor. The bits are easy to slip in and out of the handle "breech", and indeed it kind of reminds me of sliding a shell into a rifle or shotgun.




These are underway and should start to be available in a week or two. And I have a couple of related pieces in mind for the future so it’s going to be an interesting fall....I should also mention that these things have the highest Fiddle Factor to date of any of my tools. :)

23 comments:

x923x said...

VERY Cool! Excellent work as always Peter!

Anonymous said...

Hey Peter,can you take a pic of the Crawdaddy with a quarter for a size reference,I can't decide if I want one in Ti or damascus ;-).
Thanx

gwak said...

The BottleBug design is really inspired!

i will be watching your site in the next weeks!

-best
-greg

Anonymous said...

The Crawdaddy looks great. If you can do a version in metric sizes, I'm in!

Peter Atwood said...

Thank you! :)

Unlikely we'll see these in damascus but there could be some ti items at some point. Probably not the Crawdaddy but maybe the BottleBug or one of the other planned pieces. We'll see and it wouldn't be for a while anyway.

Metric is a possibility too. I'm thinking of maybe doing a double ended Crawdaddy with metric on one end and SAE on the other.

Anonymous said...

I'm at a loss for words. *Fantastic* design, sir.

I particularly like how you solved the problem of keeping the 1/4" bit secured--both in storage and when deployed for use. Quite clever.

souptree said...

Good Lord, should I just have my paychecks routed straight to you? :-P

This evolution of yours is really one of the most fascinating things to witness I've found in a long time. You really should be very proud of yourself. These are fantastic!

In_Flux said...

You've outdone yourself as usual. Thanks for the sneak peek! -Rob

WCY said...

That Crawdaddy is a real sweety.
Great design work on both models.
Keep up the good work!
Thanks

Mark said...

Very creative and functional tools. Your grinding time has been well spent.

Ben said...

Outstanding as always Peter! Now I totally get what you were talking about with the key!

Jem said...

Brilliant - Sign me up for a metric Crawdaddy - Great bike tool !

Anonymous said...

Peter
I bow before a developing genius. Souptree hit the nail on the head _ watching the evolution of your work is inspiring and awesome. Trying to think of new excuse for wife to explain purchase of Crawdaddy in high multiples for coooool gifts.

Best
Rick

Suzanne said...

Peter, you are a GENIUS!!! I mean that sincerely!! The stuff that you come up with amazes me!

ZapperCat said...

Peter I was thinking since you are in the mood for new idea's. How about something like the Micro Bug Out Blade, with "Prytips" and the same size as the "Mini" Son of Pry Thing. Now that would be cool.

brett said...

Just curious, what do you personally carry on your key chain or in your pockets?

Peter Atwood said...

I carry a lot of stuff but it is always changing. Right now I have a Gasbaby, ti whistle anodized blue, Crawdaddy proto, Jetbeam AAA, AG Russell field tweezers, 2 inch Starrett machinist ruler, mini firesteel, handcuff key.

Anonymous said...

Wow Those Talonite Mini Son Of Prythings Sold Super Fast. In like 3 minutes.

Josh K said...

Peter! THat BottleBug looks fantastic...you'll be getting yet another order from me....if I can get one in on time!

Jerry said...

Peter, any chance of getting a "plain" crawdaddy, without the scredriver bit? I think the piece is stong enough to stand on its own.

Alexander said...

Have you thought of making a wedgie-like tool with the cutout for a bit?

BSR said...

Wow -- just got my Bottlebug in the mail last night, and I can't put it down! I can't stop.....well.... fondling is the only word I can come up with. I guess that's the "fiddle-factor" you mentioned.

The design is even better than the pictures led me to believe. The picture doesn't appear to have a screwdriver tip on the longer end, but you beveled this one so that it does. Awesome work!

This is my first Atwood, and (like many others here) I'm now going to have to spend inordinate amounts of time watching your site, and send you money on a regular basis.

Damn! ...and thanks! ;-)

bltkmt said...

I was lucky enough to find a Bottlebug for trade (had to give up my coveted Nitecore Defender Infinity)...should be here by Friday. My first Atwood!!!