Sunday, November 16, 2014

Roll Bars

Happy Weekend My Friends!

It's getting quite chilly here this weekend so I guess you folks down in the South and Midwest are sending us your recent frigid temps...This coming week it looks like it will barely get out of the 30's with some precipitation in the forecast . Time to get the sand and salt ready and make sure the snow blower will fire up.    

Well, the day has finally come when I am able to offer the first batch of Roll Bars!

So what is a Roll Bar? It's a small spool type accessory designed to carry tape, cord or other roll goods in a convenient and tiny package. I created these primarily with tape in mind as it seems like I am in constant need of a piece of tape for sealing something or for making a film reminder tag on a camera for instance. There are literally tons of uses for a little piece of tape as I keep finding the more I carry these. Just yesterday I needed to leave a note for someone and was able to stick it to their door. 

The Roll Bars are designed to carry any 1 inch wide tape so you could carry electrical tape, masking tape, gaffer tape, packing tape or any other kind that you regularly use. I made the opening between the protective roll ends slightly over 1 inch so that you could rip a piece of duct tape in half lengthwise and still have a little wiggle room in case the halves weren't perfectly even. It's nice having those spool ends on there so that you keep the edges of the tape roll clean and they prevent adhesive from getting all over your hands or pockets.

As for capacity, I can fit 36 inches of cloth style tape or more of thin painter's blue tape with ease. For 550 paracord with the 7 strand core intact I can get 32 inches on there or more if I take the core out. The rubber o-ring adds additional grip to the diamond knurl and gives you a little bumper to keep the noise down when attached to your gear. It also works in conjunction with the small milled groove so the band can act as a keeper for a cord end.         

The Roll Bars are turned from bars of 303 stainless steel, just under 2 inches overall length and 3/4 inch in diameter so they are quite compact indeed. They have been well tumbled to give a beautiful vintage style finish and they look like something that might have come off your granddad's workbench 50 years ago. A pair of o-rings are included so there is an extra one and also a NiteIze S clip which allows for handy attachment to keys or gear bag.

This is a tiny batch of Roll Bars so one per customer on them please. If there is a big demand I may make another run of them in the next few weeks. They will be $45 each plus shipping and the purchase link as always is right below....have a great rest of the weekend folks and stay warm!


Thanks everyone! I will do up the packages for these in the morning.








30 comments:

BUYUCAT said...

WoW! This is Perfect Peter, I sure hope you do another run, my son is an athletic trainer.
This will be quite a surprise for him.

Chris said...

Please make more - lots more! My boys are putting together their EDC bags and this would be a perfect addition!

elphant888 said...

doh - was actually browsing the Toolbook, went into the bathroom for 5 minutes...

elphant888 said...

and yes please to more of these! I'm a volleyball player with continually jacked-up fingers/ankles, it would be great to have a nicely Atwood-ian solution to keeping athletic tape handily available

JP said...

These look great, just sorry I missed 'em. Yes more please...

steve prue said...

hey Peter! add me to the "please do another batch" group - this would be perfect for gaff tape in my camera bag.

John said...

Epic idea! I'll take 4 please one for each on our crew :-)

B said...

Genius Peter. WANT! Eager awaiting next batch...

Bangla Pan said...

Missed them, Please produce more, they will be very useful for EDC, Thank you

Shahana Miah said...

Yes please,thank you

Fergy said...

Yep... definitely need one of these for my gaff tape! Right now I just have a bunch of strips stuck to the bottom of my laptop and wrapped around my tripod legs. This would be handy!

SteveB said...

Blogger may want this to be a double post — But the point is I think this is a great little fob! Kudos! Please consider this another note for additional batches. Cheers!

jon smith said...

you can add me to the demand for more but please can they be earlier

grizzcon2 said...

I am glad I took on more look at your blog Sunday. I am excited to see the number of possibilities with these. So many types of tape that you can use this for besides cotton string, twine, lanyard, wire, etc. Great Idea & design.

Easy Wind said...

Hey Peter,
Oskar Barnack would be proud of you!
Hope you have been well.

Eliza Wee said...

Like this design quite a bit, and thinking it could work for thinner wires too (headphone cables at thickest...). Looking forward to the next batch. Thanks for always coming up with such good ideas, love your stuff!

HighSpeedTROUBLE said...

I'd be willing to trade my brand new Tombstone for one of these if anyone's interested...

Noe Rodriguez said...

Im sorry but I cant see the purchase link

Peter Atwood said...

Noe, the purchase link is always taken down after the sales are over. I will have more of these coming up soon though so stay tuned!

Thanks,

Peter

Erik Friedman said...

How do you insert the tape roll onto the tool?

Peter Atwood said...

Erik, it's a "roll your own" situation. Transfer from your big roll to this smaller one and roll it on until full. Only takes a minute. ;)

Erik Friedman said...

Peter, Thank you for your reply. Makes sense. All the best, Erik.

Frank Luciano said...

Hi Peter, very impressive as always, hoping to see more.

Tim said...

Must have one of these!! Good stuff, Peter. Keep up the good work and coming up with new and innovative things that all of us EDC'ers must have!!

Mike said...

OK. Some one is selling me one. I can see myself with 3 Total. Duct tape. blue tape, first aid tape and maybe a 4th, gaffers.

Peter Atwood said...

Thanks for the great response everyone! I will be making at least one more batch of these but it will be a few weeks probably until I can get the next one underway.

HighSpeedTROUBLE said...

Wish someone would sell me one or trade me for my new Tombstone...

grizzcon2 said...

Just got mine yesterday in the mail. The finish on these is superb. Just like Peter said, it almost has a vintage look to it. Like something I found on my grand fathers workbench. Saw someone on EDC Forums put a miniature SS Ronstan Bow Shackle on it. That really made it vintage cool :)

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leachmark707 said...

You have some really unique "tols" here. I hope that your business is doing well. I especially like the idea of the roll bar, great work.
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