Friday, May 09, 2008

New Tools in the Pipeline

Well, those Crawdaddies went faster than I expected. Thanks again folks, your support is always very much appreciated. :)

I have new stuff on the horizon as usual. Probably by the end of next week I should have a couple of major new offerings ready to go. I've spent much of the past two weeks grinding and milling, working on two new batches at a time. Also managed to squeak in another smallish batch of Nibbles so there will be more of those in the near future too.

But the big batches are of Mini FunnyBones and the new Atwrench™. These new tools show a return to simpler designs (no captive bits) but they nevertheless are packed with functions. The Mini FunnyBones feature 7 American SAE wrench sizes and 7 metric wrench sizes in one compact 3 1/4" overall length tool. Also has my standard bottle opener/wrench opening. I really like the feel of this tool in the hand and I'm excitedly anticipating getting them back from heat treat so I can claim one for my own pocket. :) A titanium version of this tool will probably be in the future if these do well.

The Atwrench™ is my updated version of the old Proto Screwdriver tool. Many people are familiar with this classic keychain screwdriver design which has been made for probably 80 years or so. There have been many similar pieces on the market but the Proto is the most iconic of them, instantly recognizable with it's distinctive forged shape. Snap-On and others have also done their own stamped versions. My idea was to start with the basic overall shape of these tools and size it up, adding features to it as I went. The end result looks like it's on steroids. It incorporates 7 American SAE wrench sizes, a bottle opener and a pry tip. And, just so my world wide fans don't feel left out, the companion metric version will be coming along sometime this summer.

10 comments:

Adrian said...

Awesome!
Can't wait to see them, or even better, buy them!

jb in sc said...

Wow, that's great news. I'm looking forward to seeing the designs (and with luck perhaps scoring one of each).

Anonymous said...

Too freakin' cool for words!

Rick said...

Hey Peter,

I can't wait for these new wrenches to come out! I would imagine that they look pretty sweet. ;)

I'm glad these are large batches because Father's Day is coming up and my Father-in-Law is going to love one of these. These will make great gifts! They will be fun to carry and use also.

Also, thanks for thinking of titanium version. You know that we love things in Ti!

Gary said...

Amazing! 14 wrench sizes and a bottle opener packed into a tool smaller than 4 inches. Gotta have one for sure!

Anonymous said...

Would it be possible to create a batch for new customers only? I can't seem to get on this site fast enough to find something available.

Alexander said...

woah, very excited at the prospect of both of these!!!

Josh said...

Pictures... pictures... pictures... ;)

beardy said...

Awesome, Peter! I can't wiat! It seems like pretty soon we'll be able to carry the whole tool chest in our pockets!

Peter Atwood said...

Anonymous, there will be a lot of these. They WILL be on for more than an hour, I guarantee it. :D