Thursday, March 27, 2008

SharkTooth Teaser

Got a sample piece back from the tumbler yesterday. Awesome finish on these and it looks like they will be coming back to me early next week. Then it will be sheath time...so we're getting closer. :) Meanwhile here's a little preview to whet your whistles:


72 comments:

Anonymous said...

DROOL!!!!

Anonymous said...

Very nice Peter, it looks like you spent some extra time on these. I will be looking forward to one hanging around my neck!!!

B. Gibson

Anonymous said...

Peter,
Sorry if it's a dumb question, but what material is the sheath made of?
Thanks - lookin' good!

Franz said...

Looks very nice.
Although (after playing with a Ringleader for a couple of days) I like the Ringcutter better, I will definitely try to get a SharkTook too :D

Francesco

aki said...

nice Peter I can't wait ^_^

Anonymous said...

Peter, looks great!!! Please drop me a note the day before you put them up for sale:) thank you kindly for your co operation ;) Ed

* said...

Nice..Believe me it's a "gotta-have" on my list

Heath said...

Awesome job as always Peter!

Can't wait...

Heath

Jeff with one 'f' said...

Beautiful!

...and the ringed sharktooth? ;-)

Brian F Green said...

Peter, looks awesome! I don't know whether or not the teaser pictures and posts help or just make the cravings worse? Good stuff.

Rick said...

Peter,

Looks great! I think I'm going to love that finish. The finished pieces will be sharpened right?

This thing will easily become one of my favorite Atwood EDC goodies.

Will anything be releasing in the next couple of days?

Adrian said...

WANT!

s4biturbo said...

hells yeah! nice job Peter!! cant freaking wait!

Alan said...

Nice. I was going to ask if it had some kind of texture for grip but the picture says it all. Awesome work man.

Lee said...

The tool looks great.

The sheath looks...I'll be polite and just say it leaves much to be desired.

Peter Atwood said...

Thanks everyone! :)

About the sheath...this sheath is performing multiple functions. It is drilled to accept beadchain and will lie flat, it is narrow enough to ride comfortably on a keychain, narrow enough to ride comfortably in a pocket and short enough to allow removal and use of the bit and screwdriver/pry end without removing the knife from the sheath. I don't any other way to make a kydex sheath that would perform all those functions in the smallest possible package.

Franz said...

The sheath does look fine for me. Minimalistic. That'll do the job.

Bravo!

Francesco

Hans said...

There you go: there is always logic involved with the things you come up with. Very nice work Peter!

BTW in a previous blogpost you mentioned that you were also coming up with some Triangles, Area51 keytons and other stuff. Is that all on hold because you are working fulltime on the SharkTooth and the "DogBone" :-)

Anonymous said...

The sheath looks fine to me:) in fact its perfect! Ed

Brian said...

Awesome Peter. I'm with you on the sheath:

Will lay flat around the neck on a beadchain - Check

Keychainable & pocketable - Check

Easy access to the bit while sheathed - Check

One thing that might be cool as an option would be a removable spring steel pocket clip that could be attached to the sheath for pocket carry. Something similar to these, but shorter and wider:

http://tinyurl.com/38azpv

Hans said...

Brian is making a good point actually: somekind of clip would be very nice on this tool.

Peter Atwood said...

Well, a clip is not really practical because the sheath is so short and small there is no easy way to attach one. Maybe if I had infinite resources I could do some kind of injection molded sheath with integral clip or something. Actually I think it is better to use a small split ring and McGizmo clip and attach to a belt loop.

Brian said...

Peter,

I was thinking of attaching the clip to the sheath through one of the rivet or bead chain holes using a treaded grommet like the ones used in the Nealy MCS.

Joe said...

This is awesome. Gimme Gimme ~~ Gimme ~~more~~~~

DB said...

Absolutely perfect. *thumbs up*

Anonymous said...

Peter, I think the sheath kills the look of this tool and ruins the look and pocketability, have toyed with the idea of a slimline silicone type sheath that could just slide on or off and maintain a low profile? JMHO.

Matt

Robb said...

Finally! Mass produced Atwood kiridashis!

I like that the sheath has been kept as small as possible. Will be perfect for riding around in the coin pocket of my jeans.

Peter Atwood said...

LOL, look, you guys who don't like the sheath...you need to understand that in order to safely to use the tool bit and the screwdriver end you must have a covering over the blade. I have designed this sheath to be as small and simple as possible but also to be comfortable in your hand when you're using the tools on the butt end. If you want to make another sheath for it then by all means go for it but you ARE ON YOUR OWN and I will not be held responsible if you accidentally slice your hand open.

Certainly nothing wrong with a broad flat sheath done in the pancake style with rivets on either side. I agree it would look really nice, however I think you will find that that style of sheath does not allow for keychain carry, will be too bulky for pocket carry and it will not be easy to use the functions on the butt end.

Another idea might be to slip a piece of clear vinyl tubing over the cutting edge. It would look nice. However, I do not think it would be very safe.

Anonymous said...

Peter i have an idea!!!What you might want to do with guys who dont like the sheath, just charge them extra for the tool with no sheath,future severed digits are free:) Enough of this rubbish bring on da Blades for Christ sakes!! D ont like it, dont buy it! will leave more for me): ha ha

ccpmedic said...

I agree, if you do not like the design or the sheath, don't buy the tool. That leaves more for those of us who do like the design...Roy

John C Abell said...

It's a snug fit, I presume?

I have a "neck knife" that uses a similar hard-shell approach and uses a small magnet (you can see it as the bump in this picture http://tinyurl.com/ywwlkl)

Any thoughts along those lines? It might raise the profile on one side, a bit, but a mag strip or even dot would surely do, would probably increase the hold -- and who knows how you might be able to cleverly incorporate that in the design?

Lee said...

Interesting about the sheath. So if you lose it you'll render the other end of the tool worthless?

(meaning that you'll not be able to use it without incuring some sort of injury).

Also...I think your site is down.

Anonymous said...

Peter,

I love the small sheath, and this one looks like it is exactly what this tool needs. If people want something else, they can always make it themselves. This tool, sheath and tool, is in perfect Atwood fashion-- simple, practical, and really cool! Thanks for the preview!

Karin

King said...

And I thought I've got over my Atwood addiction!

tommonson said...

The sharktooth looks great, but I'm afraid I might slip and cut myself while opening that 3rd or 4th beer...

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm, you got a point there Tommonson, opening those beer bottles with that sharp edge so close to the fingers...theres the risk of slippage. Maybe the bottle opener should have been incorporated farther back..Too late now.

Peter Atwood said...

It's not that big of an issue really. I have carried one for a few weeks now and opened quite a few beers with it. No slips as it is mostly a motion of pulling up.

Starting sheaths today! :)

Anonymous said...

It might depend on what kind of beer your drinking, if its high test i would be using my Prybaby or Gasbaby....after the third or fourth one): Peter are you going to release them all at once or will they be put up as they are done in smaller batches? I must score one!!!!!!! Ed

Peter Atwood said...

Man, I've been working since 7AM this morning. LOL, my fingers are killing me!!! :(

I probably will not be able to get all the sheaths done at the same time. So I won't be able to release them all at once like I had planned originally...If we're lucky I can get a bunch assembled, finish some sheaths and start the sharpening in the morning. So look for the first wave either tomorrow afternoon or evening. Wednesday morning at the latest...

Anonymous said...

Note to self, stay home tuesday and wensday :) Thanks for the heads up Peter! Ed

Rick said...

The SharkTooth pictures on the site look great. Looks like the hard work paid off. Can't wait to get one and put it to use. Thanks for getting them done so quickly!

Franz said...

I shall have to be off the Internet for some hours starting now. So I'm certain that the 'Tooth will come out and be sold in that time window ;)

Should the item come around later, massive amounts of coffee will help me spend the italian night in front of my pc.

The shark race begins :D

Francesco

DB said...

da da....da da....dadadadadadadada

Adrian said...

Got one! Woo hoo!

s4biturbo said...

thanks Peter!!!!!

Franz said...

Whoah! Bitten by a shark!!!! :))))))))))))))))


Francesco

beardy said...

Dang! They're all gone!

Peter Atwood said...

Thanks folks, MUCH appreciated! :)

Nope, not all gone yet but that's all the sheaths I had so far. Will get the rest up in a day or two. Then I have a huge batch of RingLeaders also coming probably in 4 weeks or so.

Kaa said...

That was fast :-) The magic dis/appearance of SharkTeeth.

I still don't like the sheath -- but I'll experiment with a fold of leather.

Sanders said...

Did my order make it in time!?
I got a confirm from paypal.

Anonymous said...

Wow! In the time consumed by a delayed flight from DC to Boston they SharkTooth became as scarce as hen"s teeth. Oh Well maybe I'll score next round. They look spectacular Peter!

Anonymous said...

taaa daaaaaa scored a tooth, been thinking if i place it under my pillow do you think the shark tooth fairy will visit with more Atwoods??? Gonna try it once will let you all know how it turns out!!! Ed

Alexander said...

all my friends have been asking me why I have been so depressed for the last 24 hours...because I missed the Sharktooth!!!

Anonymous said...

Love it. Wish I could find a piece available on your website in the last 6 months. I keep hunting here...frustrating.

Peter Atwood said...

Oh c'mon now. I have had a ton of stuff on the site in the last month. Not so much this past week but for the middle of March there were sales every single day and at different times. I know a lot of stuff has sold out quickly but there has been lots and lots and lots available. Also may be some left at times so why don't you email me if you truly cannot ever catch anything?

Tim said...

Peter- Effort is rewarded. I've gotten a few and missed a few. But it is NOT impossible- especially not for the last month or so. I can't help but think some of the complaining is, well, because they can! :) Well, more seems because we are often "brainwashed" into believing the tool world works differently than it does. Too many stamped out, CAD designed and implemented, cookie cutter, pieces of. . . sorry! Got carried away! Your stuff is craft. I do woodworking with power tools but also with hand tools. Planes and chisels, hand-saws. That requires care, attention, and skill. As an aside. DOH!! All the complaints about "safety" - it is called a Sharkbite!! Not a warm cuddly puppy bite!! :) LOL!!

Anonymous said...

If you missed it , you missed it period... lets not go into that discussion again please.

tim said...

SORRY!! I have been watching too much Discovery channel- Obviously the sharktooth vs cuddly-warm-puppy-tooth was what I *should* have said!!

Webb said...

Peter, congratulations on the new Sharkbite! I didn't like seeing you sell out all of your nibbles in 12 minutes at $50 each. But, I think that selling a stack of nibbles with an edge for $150 each is completely awesome. Good work! Buy yourself something nice!

Peter Atwood said...

That was only the first couple dozen. I'll muster up the energy for the remaining sheaths in a day or so and get the rest of these finished. The darned sheaths take awhile and tear up my fingers especially this time of year with the weather still cold and dry.

DB said...

Can't wait to see the sharktooth in person, and I'm even more excited to see the ringed version. I bet you have quite the manicure after making all those sheaths, too...

Geomorphologist said...

Looks like I got lucky on this past round. There have been a lot more items available recently but I don't check often enough be able to order. However, I've been hoping for a shot at a tool with a cutting edge.

My question is about the professional heat treating and cryogenic quench. What does this do for the tool/cutting edges? Is it easier to keep the edge sharp longer? Anything special required to resharpen? Is this something you've tried before? Please excuse my ignorance as I'm just curious and it sounds like a nice additional touch for daily hard use.

Peter Atwood said...

Geo, it's a technique that is done to add a point of hardness and it also adds toughness and a bit better edge retention to it. They put the blades in a chamber and add liquid nitrogen gas bringing the temp down to -100F for a period of time. This is for all intents and purposes an artificial aging process and mimics the natural conversion of austentite to martensite that would occur all by itself but very very slowly over 100-200 years or something... I may have the details slightly off as it has been a long time since I read up on it. But basically this is the exact same heat treat you would get if you had the famous Paul Bos do it. In fact, it just may be even better because if you knew where it was done you'd have a coronary. I am not allowed to say the company name for legal reasons lest it be construed as using their name for advertising.

Brian said...

Got my SharkTooth Peter, great job on these. The finish and heat treat are top notch. This tool is a great evolution of your captive bit series: Functional, pocketable, neck-wearable, keychainable, and it packs a bite!

Tim said...

Peter- Wow. Got the sharktooth. The best yet for my small collection! Just love it! Thanks!

Bolster said...

When Peter said "...basically this is the exact same heat treat you would get if you had the famous Paul Bos do it. In fact, it just may be even better because if you knew where it was done you'd have a coronary," I thought Buck Knives (since that's who employs Bos). But to truly give me a heart attack the mfgr would have to be Gerber. I have no idea, these are just wild guesses.

I'm curious how you keep the hardness high for the blade edge and the toughness high for the prybar action, tho.

Peter Atwood said...

Oh I'm not telling where! :p

For a blade this small and thick there is no issue with the prybar even if it were on the harder side because you cannot generate enough leverage by hand to break it without a cheater. I can tell you the heat treat followed Crucible's specs to a "T".

Anonymous said...

The Only thing we need now is more Atwood blades to really test this new state of the art process:) What do you say Mister Atwood??? Take us back to that bye gone era one more time!!! Give some of us new addicts what we crave, if you have not noticed we dont have much sharing out in this jungle!!!!!!!! Ed

Jodj said...

Peter, Having used the SharkTooth for a couple of days, it has replaced my MSOPT as my everyday carry. But one question: Have you thought about rearranging the bit storage slot and the hex bit holder so that the latter is close to the blade? That is how the hex hole and slot are oriented on the Ring Leader, and it would (I think) allow someone to use the screw driver even if the sheath is off. It probably wouldnt (I don't think) interfere with the sheath set up you already have.

Just a thought.

Peter Atwood said...

The reason it is that way and not the other way around is that I wanted the O-rings to be further back on the tool to afford a good grip. It works better that way ergonomically. Also I really wanted to discourage using any of the tool functions without the sheath in place just for safety reasons.

Josh said...

Peter--any hint on next release?

Adrian said...

Pretty quick turnaround on this one!
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Peter-ATWOOD-SHARKTOOTH-Stonewashed-Knife_W0QQitemZ150235114084QQihZ005QQcategoryZ43325QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem