Thursday, February 28, 2013

S30v Weevils with Vintage Finish

Good Morning Everyone!

Goodbye gloomy February. It has been a nasty month here in New England: gray, dreary and depressing. Luckily March is just about here and I'm looking forward to more moderate temperatures along with some melting of the snow and ice. Some brighter skies wouldn't hurt either.

So, update time....I still haven't gotten around to grinding those 3v Ghosts but I'm hoping to set aside a little time in the next week and get those going. That means we're probably 3 weeks or so away on them at this point. No worries though, there's plenty of interesting stuff coming up in the meantime so I think everyone will be quite entertained.

Today I have more of the Weevils done. This batch came back from heat treat with a very dark finish to the steel. I think they must have run them through a different tempering oven than the last ones or something. Or perhaps they were monkeying around with the temperatures in order to bring the Rockwell within specs. At any rate, I could have tumbled the heck out of them to try to achieve a brighter finish but I kind of like the more rustic style patina these have. I'd call it a Vintage finish.

This is a relatively small wavelet so I'll make it one per customer on this sale and hopefully a bunch more folks will get a shot at them this time. The Weevils run $60 plus shipping and the purchase link is below. If you don't see a link that indicates that the sale is over and they are temporarily sold out. However, I am by no means done with Weevils, there are still many more to finish in the days ahead. Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a pleasant upcoming weekend!

Vintage Weevils are gone for now thank you!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Invasion of the Weevils!

Hi Folks,

It's still cold and miserable here in New England but the sun is gaining strength every day and I'm pretty sure Spring is right around the corner...

I've been slogging away on several projects and progress is being made. The 3V steel Ghosts are about to get surface ground after which I will grind the bevels and finish the cleanup steps in preparation for heat treat. So expect those in about 3-4 weeks. In the meantime there is a bunch of cool stuff to get through starting with:

Todays' offering is the first wave of the Weevils. This little guy is actually Superbug III but with some tweaks. After much study and comparison I decided that the direction that the Superbug II had taken was not really what I was going for in the original idea. Although I did like that design, the more compact form factor of the Original Superbug was more pleasing to me and so I decided to make that my starting point and go from there. So I changed the bottle opener to a more efficient hook design, tweaked the o-ring grooves and gave him an "evil" eye. 

The Weevils are S30v steel, 2.7 inches long, .7 inches wide and about .175 thick...a small but very hefty little package. They come with the usual #1 Philips bit, extra o-rings and #.5 NiteIze S-biner clip.

The Weevils run $60 plus shipping. The batch is fairly large and there will be more waves of these coming in the next week so I'll give this one a limit of two per customer. As always, thank you so much for your patience and hope everyone is having a great week!

Whew, that was quick...Sold Out! Thanks Everyone!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Happy Tuesday!

Hi Folks,

Hope everyone is having a nice week out there. It's still quite chilly here, in the 20's today, so I'm hunkered down and getting some work done.

Update: I'm working through some steel tools right now, revisiting an older design and making some tweaks...The first batch of Superbug III, the Weevil, is at heat treat right now so will be back in about two weeks. Second batch of Weevils is in the tumbler today and will be heading out for heat treat later this week. Also coming will be a batch of 3V Ghosts and those are getting cut this week if all goes well so look for those in early March probably. And the SSMT, Super Secret Mystery Tool, is scheduled for cutting in the next week or two...those are also going to be in steel, and maybe followed by a wave of them in ti.  And lastly the unmentionable ISMT, or Incredibly Secret Mystery Tool, is still on schedule for early Spring. :p :D

So today I have the rest of the brass BedBugs with antique diemaker stamps finished. As before, these are one per customer and there aren't very many of them so this may be over rather quickly. They are $50 plus shipping and the link is below.  As always, thanks so much for stopping in and stay warm!

Sold Out, thank you!