Friday, December 21, 2007

Bermuda Triangle

When I was a kid growing up in the 1970's I used to be fascinated by all the stories about the Bermuda Triangle. The UFO theories, the lost squadrons of airplanes, all the missing boats. It was cool stuff that tickled my curiosity and made me wonder if there was any truth to these kinds of mysteries or not.

What's not a mystery is this nifty new tool that I'm calling the Bermuda Triangle. Made of 5/32" titanium it is an equalateral triangle with 2 inch sides, a 3/4" Hex hole in the center, a 1/4" hex bit holder with O-ring, a minimalist cap lifter and a lanyard hole. These are really fun to spin between your fingers and I have not been able to stop fiddling with it since I made the first one.

I'm about to order a bag of the proper sized O-rings. The one on there now in the pictures is too big. There will probably be all kinds of delays because of Christmas so I don't expect to see the O-rings before Wednesday of next week. So I'd say these will be done and available around the end of next week. This is a smallish batch but will be more coming if the interest is there which I'm kinda thinking will be the case. :D




36 comments:

dan said...

Sweet! I don't know how you keep coming up with stuff like this but I'd like one.

Joe said...

I want ....three of them!!! One for my right hand, one for left hand and one for my collection!! Peter, this is just toooooo cool! Great Job!!

-Joe

Matt said...

I want one, it's a tool and a impact device. -

Dan said...

What is going on here??!!!?? Freaking awesome!!

I was just saying that I couldnt wait to see what you were going to come up with next, and there it is... That is very cool.

Logan said...

nice... a self defense weapon and a tool. knock some one out and have a beer, good times. as always im hunting for one of these. my name is Logan and im a Atwood junkie.

aki said...

Very sweet Peter! ^_^
I was wondering tho...since your holding it like an impact tool... does the bottle opener part dig in to your hand much?

Peter Atwood said...

Thanks for the nice comments!

No, it does not dig into your hand at all. Plus, the way the points of the triangle stick out it makes you want to flick it with your ring finger and spin it obsessively. :D

Jem said...

Luckily my New Years resolution is to only spend my spare cash (not that I have any) on your gizmos - so cool.

Joe said...

Hey Peter,

Does the paracord hole end also feature a pry tip?

-Joe

Peter Atwood said...

Joe, these are just plain, no bevels.

Logan said...

the atwood christmas ornament!

rick said...

Since "This is a smallish batch...", might you limit them to one per customer so as to stretch out the availability time before they sell out? I know that won't be long, but every little bit helps.

Peter Atwood said...

Yeah, that's not a bad idea...

Joe said...

I can't stop myself from coming back and checking the pictures. These are really really cool. And I like the name too. I also read lots of stuff about Bermuda Triangle when I was a kid. Peter, your creativity is explosive.

-Joe

Erik said...

"Oh f*&$#" is what I said out loud when the image loaded. I just took a break from the grinder where I was profiling a bunch of ti-mini blades that I have been making for Christmas presents. I thought they were cool until I saw this thing. Simply amazing. I want one!

-Erik H

DB said...

Great new tool! What do have in mind for a price on these?

ben lavine said...

Really cool Peter. Of course I need one!!

Cuso said...

I told you he needed his quiet time... Very nice Peter, very nice...

Bolster said...

I'm glad you're adding the 1/4" hex hole to so many of your tools, that's really useful.

One of my favorite tools is the SnapOn (well, BluePoint) BTWS, the Mini Ratcheting Handle, which takes 1/4 hex bits. It has a stop for the bit so the bit can't fall through, which allows you to comfortably put a lot of pressure on the back of the bit with your thumb. Peter, had you ever considered a thread-in back-stop for one of your 1/4 hex-hole tools? (Obviously not the Triangle, as it's minimalist, but on one of the others?)

I assume it would be insanely difficult to put a ratchet in an Atwood tool, and it goes against the minimalist theme, but I also know you like to play with ideas so I thought I'd toss this one at you.

Min said...

This is too cool to resist. I would definitely get one when it comes available. Don't make me run a robot on your site like some shameless people out there, Peter...

Peter Atwood said...

I'm thinking of leaving the lanyards off of these. They are much more satisfying to spin without the lanyard in the way. The next batch (I'm already thinking about the next batch :) ) will have another tool opening, maybe an O2 wrench, where the lanyard hole is now.

I also have a second tool in the sketch book without the center hex hole but that allows for bit storage. It would be a great spinner toy/tool but no SD capability.

Franz said...

Well to be sincere I like tools with lanyards. So I guess I'll be trying to get my hands on a 1st Edition Triangle ;)

Francesco
ITALY

Anonymous said...

Well you do have to put a prying edge on one of the corners, you do realize that.. don't you?

min said...

I entirely agree with 'rationing' these to your ferocious customers including myself. Only one allowed for each sounds like a good idea. :)

Franz said...

ARGH!

I just went to take a bath, and when I got back and checked, the item had already come and gone :(

Francesco
ITALY

Alan said...

I feel your pain Fraz. I'm in the same boat.

DB said...

I just went to the site and they are available again, so I picked one up!

Anonymous said...

I am seriously bummed! I have been checking the website all last night and all day today waiting for a little triangle thingy and they sold out on my way home from work...WTF? Will there be more coming soon?

Peter Atwood said...

They went very fast and this batch was rather small, only three dozen. I have another batch on the way for a week or so from now, maybe the following week. I will have about 100 probably so there will be plenty to go around. I may offer a few in stonewash finish as well. And I am replacing the round hole with an O2 wrench which can also function as a lanyard hole but potentially has more function.

Bolster said...

I wonder what TSA would say about this tool?

myoho said...

.... I just missed these also ... but there's going to be "plenty to go around" next week or so!

..so we're all be okay!

..cheers Peter

Franz said...

Well I eventually managed to get one the very same day when some of those became available again. Yayy!

By the way, here in Italy tools like these are forbidden to be carried in public places if intended as weapons (even self-defense ones), so I guess I shall have to carry it around my neck as a kind of "new-age" medallion :D

-Francesco

Anonymous said...

"By the way, here in Italy tools like these are forbidden to be carried in public places if intended as weapons (even self-defense ones),"

That's ok...if the wrong person is elected president here, it'll be that way here in the US soon as well. :(

Anonymous said...

Boy was I sad to miss these! Hopefully, next batch.

I have been flying quite a bit lately with a prybaby, it only even raised eybrows once. And even then, once they decided the pry edge wasn't "sharp", they just shrugged their shoulders and let it slide. I suspect the triangle would be fine, unless an inspector recognized its potential as an impact device (but then again, that sort of thinking would lead to ball point pens, etc., being banned). After all, TSA rules allow *TOOLS* less than...what, 6? 7 inches?...as long as they are not sharpened. That would clearly apply here...

-charles (fivedime)

HighSpeedTROUBLE said...

You were right, of course. It IS addicting (compulsive), spinning this thing around my finger!

I understand why you made it of Ti...and I love Ti. But have you considered making one of steel? I really like the heft and feel of the cold steel, like my tiger-striped Spannerbaby.

Not complaining...just an idea. I love it...I would keep it on my keyring as a fob, but that would preclude me from being able to spin it on my fingers. :-)

JM-99

Bolster said...

My wife says if I can purchase two BerTri's, she'll wear them as earrings.