Monday, July 30, 2018

Metric Crawdaddies

Hi Everyone,

Hope your weekend was great! We've been having some very unsettled weather here all last week, with frequent intermittent downpours, followed by bits of sun and much higher humidity than we've seen so far this summer. It was starting to get rather sticky out there but right now things are back to being more reasonable.

Updates: All last week I got thoroughly caught up in a several day long fun family event that took up a lot more time than I anticipated. Ended up being sort of an impromptu vacation week which was nice, but I am back to work now and trying to get things moving again. Tools are slowly moving along and I just got a super cool brand new idea this weekend that I am going to get started on right away, details coming shortly.

Today I finally have some of the CPM 3v Steel Metric Crawdaddies done! These took seemingly forever and there are still more that I'm working on in the shop, but I have enough finished for a sale today. The Metric Crawdaddies are an open ended wrench/multi tool featuring metric spanner sizes 7,8,9,10,11 and 12mm. In addition the tool holds a captive phillips bit with separate 1/4 hex bit opening and the rear sports a straight screwdriver/pry bar in my usual arrangement.

These guys are a bit beefier than prior Crawdaddy versions at nearly 3/16 thick. The finish is slightly matte, rugged looking and perfect for a working tool. I didn't oil these so you will want to do that with the oil of your choosing should you wish to slow down the patina process, with either WD-40 or any type of household or petroleum based motor oil. I elected not to do any extra grinds on these other than on the pry tip end, and there are none with decorative stamps or wrench end grinds so as to preserve maximum wrench teeth grip. I didn't make any lefty specific ones in this run either.

The Metric Crawdaddies will run $75 each plus shipping and it's a sizable batch so I'll make it a two per customer limit on them please. Thanks for dropping by today. I hope you have a great week ahead (how can it almost be August???) and stay cool!

Sold out, thanks so much everyone!






Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Red Magnums!

Hi Folks,

It's another fine summer day here in the Northeast. It's been rather warm lately with the mercury rising over 90 for much of the past week. It's supposed to be a little cooler for the next week or so though which will be nice, and a little rain would be much appreciated as well since we've been rather dry lately. Today the skies are darkening and we are supposed to get a big storm this afternoon with a half inch of rain...

I don't have any further tool news just yet but I'm going to try to finish up metric Crawdaddies towards the end of the week, however it may be Monday before they are finally done, we shall see. I'm waiting on more o-rings and hex bits so I can do up the packaging and they are not shipping very fast. This is always a slow time of year because a lot of companies are taking time off or are short handed because employees are on vacation. So it's hit or miss trying to make arrangements or order supplies, get heat treating done, and shipping is often slowed down.

Well today I have some Red 5 Flute Magnum beads for you. These are single name stamped only. They have that same gorgeous deep velvety red anodizing that the smaller ones had earlier this spring and they look amazing on the black and white "checkered flag" cord.

The Red Magnums will run $35 plus shipping and the link to purchase is below. It's a pretty big batch so I won't put a limit on them. As always, I cannot thank you enough for stopping by today and hope you all are getting some days off and staying cool this summer!


Sold out, thank you everyone!




Friday, July 13, 2018

Steel Ringbabies

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all are having a great summer so far. It's been quite warm here but with low humidity so it has been quite bearable. Very little rain so I have had to go out every morning to water my tomatoes and peppers but looks like we might get some showers this weekend. The blueberries are starting to come in and I got the first zucchini of the season yesterday. Good times coming if I can stay ahead of the slugs, beetles and squirrels all of which have been enjoying the buffet.

The new E115 tool and one other new design are due to be cut anytime now. I have been finishing up more Magnum fluted beads and digging out some other neglected projects, so there is much more on the way this summer. The metric Crawdaddies just came back from heat treat so I will be working on finishing them up this weekend.

Today I have the Ringbabies with stamps done. Finally! These are CPM 154 steel and this project is one that I started several years ago and just never got around to working on the batch. Some of the older collectors may remember my earlier runs of captive bit RingMasters and RingThing knives that I made about 10 years ago, and this batch continues on with the exact same theme but in a shorter package. These little guys are less than 3 inches long and are about 1 inch wide at the widest point, and the steel is normal 5/32 thickness. So darned cute!

The batch is heavily stamped and I have to say, this is one of the best stamp runs I have made. I had to go slow on the stamping and spread it over a few days since that is something that has really been bothering my hands. So there are some really nice ones here with clear deep images and a few cool seldom seen examples as well. And there are a few lefties too.

The Stamped Steel Ringbabies will run $70 each plus shipping and the link to purchase is below. It's a good sized batch so two per customer limit on them please. Thanks as always for dropping by and I hope you have a great weekend ahead!


Sold Out, thank you so much everyone!







Friday, June 29, 2018

Deep Six Bronze Megas

Hi Folks,

Sorry for the long quiet spell. I've been working my brains out lately but also doing my best to enjoy the lovely weather while it is here. It appears that we are about to get a long heat wave starting this weekend though so I am very glad to have spent so much time outdoors recently.

So, onto the long overdue tool updates! I just sent stamped steel Ringbabies out to heat treat late last week. They should be back sometime after the 4th of July. And, earlier this week I finally sent out the Metric Crawdaddies to heat treat. So figure around two weeks away on those as well. Titanium Small Fry tools without openers are on the bench now so I will be trying to get through the grinding on those over this next week. No news on the steel rulers with pry tip but those will be coming later this summer I hope.

Also on the drawing board is a second wave of new steel Hangman hooks, with some minor tweaks. These will be surface ground smooth, stamped, and maybe have some grinds too. And I have a new version of a seldom seen older tool coming in 1/4 thick CPM 3v for later in the summer, more details coming soon on the newly updated Element 115. ;)

Well today I have some more fluted beads for you. These are 5/8 diameter Bronze Megas with 6 flutes, and the flutes are deeply milled to give a super aggressive grip. They have a sweet patina started on them already which will further deepen with time and use. A hand rubbed oil finish brings out the color and leaves them with a slight sheen and rich tone which my quick crappy picture probably does not convey very well...I really like these and will be doing a batch in titanium very soon as well although those will probably be getting color anodizing.

The Deep Milled Bronze 6 Flutes will run $35 each plus shipping and I'll make it a 4 per customer limit on them please. Thank you so much for looking in today and I'm wishing you all a great summer weekend ahead!

Sold Out, thank you so much everyone!






Monday, June 11, 2018

Titanium 5 Stampers

Hi Folks,

Wow, absolutely gorgeous weather here this week. Probably the best days of the year with temps in the 70's, blue skies and low humidity. We'll enjoy it while it lasts.

I don't have too much to report on the tool front, although I am almost done with the grinding on the Ringbabies. Hopefully I will get those finished up and out to heat treat later this week. No other progress on tools though...I'm very slow to get tools going right now because grinding continues to aggravate my sore fingers. They are getting better btw, but every time I get into a stint of grinding the tendonitis acts up. So I've been told by my doctor to go easy for a while, which of course is nearly impossible to do. This getting old stuff is for the birds!

Well I bit the stamping bullet this past week and today I have some beautiful titanium 5 Stamp Magnum 5 Flute beads for you. These are anodized in a wide range of brilliant colors with some solids and others with stunning rainbow and marble type effects.

The 5 Stamp Ti Magnums will be $40 each and I'll make it a four per customer limit on them. Thanks for stopping in today and for your endless patience. Have a great week ahead everyone!

Ti 5 Stampers are all gone for now, thank you so much!




Thursday, May 31, 2018

Five Stamp SS Magnums!

Hi Everyone,

Absolutely gorgeous day here with nice sunshine, low humidity and just a few lazy clouds drifting along. I probably ought to be outside enjoying it but I already have done a bunch of running around this morning and just came in for a few hours. Good time to slip a very small sale in...

Today I have a handful of multi name stamped 303 Stainless Steel Magnum beads for you. This is a small batch and I doubt I will be doing many like this since it's a little tedious. But I think they do look cool with all five of the lands (the land is the high part of a fluted or knurled edge pattern) stamped "Atwood". Or who knows, maybe I'm just in love with my own name, haha... :)

At any rate, the multi stamped 5 Flute Magnums will run $35 plus shipping and I will make it one per customer since there are only a couple dozen or so. Thanks for taking time to drop by this morning and have a great weekend ahead!


Gone in a flash, thank you!


       

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Steel HangMan 18

Hi Folks,

Hope your holiday weekend was great. It was a bit dark and gloomy here for most of it, but we got some much needed rain for the gardens so I can't complain. And the precipitation was not white for a change, which is a major step in the right direction.

It was good to take a few days off, but that means that very little got done over the weekend unfortunately. I really must make myself get back to tool grinding this week...in the meantime however, I do have more Magnum 5 Flute Lanslide beads on the way for later in the week.

Today I have the new steel Hangman 18 hooks completed. These are made of heat treated 17-4ph stainless steel with a rustic raw bar finish. After using and studying the past Hangman designs for several years I have concluded that the original flex function is really not necessary and in most cases only serves to weaken the design. So I elected to ignore the flex issue and just go for solid strength in this new non flexing steel pocket key hook.

The deep hexi edge design complements many of my other tools and provides a generous finger grip area that makes your keys super easy to retrieve. I even added a small lanyard opening at the top in case people want to experiment with adding a stubby lanyard and bead combo. At .200 thick they are quite beefy indeed, yet slightly more compact than the previous Ragman design. A 5/16 hex wrench at the bottom provides a generous opening for attaching to your key ring. I am already contemplating a possible second run in surface ground CPM 154 steel with some small tweaks and further embellishments, but these ones today are all in the plain textured stainless steel you see below.

The steel Hangman hooks will run $55 plus shipping and I will put a limit of two on them so lots of folks get a chance at them. Thanks for looking in today and hope your work week is short and sweet!

Sold out for now, thanks so much!







    

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Stainless Magnums

Howdy Everyone and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

We've been having some glorious weather here finally and I've been flat out with all kinds of yard work, gardening and seasonal equipment maintenance projects. She does keep me busy...hehe.

I don't have much to report on upcoming tools as I have not spent too much time in the shop this past week. I will probably be down there a bit this weekend though to escape the hottest days of the year which appear to be coming starting tomorrow. So I'll be getting going on the RingBabies and other tools shortly. I did just get the steel Hangman hooks back from heat treat though so will be packaging them up this weekend.

In the meantime, the first wave of the brand new Magnum 5 Flute beads are done. I've had many requests over the years for a larger fluted bead so I thought I would make some. These 303 stainless steel monsters are the same diameter as the regular Mega 5 Flutes, but are longer, measuring in at 3/4 inch in length. The added length takes the grip aspect to the next level as your fingers can really engage with the deeply milled flutes. They are super nice tied onto a larger knife or tool.

Of course, the additional length means they also weigh more, and these stainless ones come in at a whopping 18 grams! The upcoming titanium, Zr and red aluminum ones will be considerably lighter though.

An added bonus is that with the extra length I can finally do a name stamp! The older designs just didn't have enough room but these bad boys are more than big enough to take a stamp.

My costs of production this year are once again rising. Machining is costing more, and even with domestic steels not being subject to tariffs the suppliers immediately took the opportunity to raise prices. So these larger beads will have to be a little more than my usual ones. The stainless steel Magnums will run $35 plus shipping and it's a big batch so I'll make it a limit of 4 on them please.

Thanks so much for dropping by today everyone and I really hope you have an awesome long weekend ahead!

Stainless ones are all gone, thank you so much folks!  




Friday, May 11, 2018

Six Flute Ti Megas

Hi Folks,

Surprise, I'm back again, haha. I already spent a few hours working outdoors this morning while it was still cool. Actually it won't be very hot today but I figure it was time to come in and do another little sale this morning.

Thank you so much for the big sale yesterday for the Hypno Game Coins! I appreciate the many kind words and enthusiastic response very much. The Hypnos all shipped yesterday afternoon so should be reaching most of you by this weekend.

Today I have some new Titanium Mega Lanslides for you, these with 6 flutes instead of the usual 5. These are the larger 5/8 diameter beads. I'm pretty sure the previous batch of 5 flute ti Megas were all anodized, if I remember correctly, so I elected to leave this batch with a simple stonewash finish for all the plain vanilla fans out there.

Also, over the years I've had many people asking for a slightly larger size bead, so I will be making some small batches of brand new Magnum 5 Flutes in various materials. Please stay tuned for those as they will be coming shortly.

The ti 6 Flute Megas will run $30 plus shipping and it will be a limit of 4 per customer on them. Thanks as always for dropping by today and here's hoping for a lovely Mother's Day weekend ahead!

All gone, thank you everyone!


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Hypno Game Coins!

Hi Everyone and Happy Thursday!

Spring is FINALLY in full force here this week. Last week we went from freezing cold to nearly 90F in just two short days, but now things are settling down to more comfortable and seasonally normal temperatures. Looks like maybe we are done with frosts so I am cautiously putting some young pepper plants out, covering them at night just in case, and trying to get some yard work done in between all these shop projects. We're loving the warm weather and sunshine I can tell you.

As far as projects go, I sent the steel Hangman hooks to heat treat last week so they will be done soon. Steel Ringbabies are now on the bench and steel metric Crawdaddies will follow those. It's good to finally start getting caught up with these steel projects some of which, like the Ringbabies, were cut almost three years ago and have been patiently waiting their turn.

I'm also finishing up some new bead projects this week. I've had some tendonitis and other minor nagging finger issues that have been slowing me down at the grinder and also in tying cord. Stamping tools has been quite difficult lately too because the antique hand stamps all have to be held tightly and at odd angles with my uncooperative fingers. I guess I must be getting old, lol...the good news however is that the 6 Flute Titanium Mega Lanslides are nearly done as well as some Copper Mini 5 Flutes. And, a couple of brand new fluted Mega designs are turning as we speak so there are some interesting items coming up in the bead department.

Today I have some very special Spin Coins for you. These are Titanium Game Coins with a deeply milled Hypno pattern in the center. There is a wide variety of stamps as well as complex color anodizing effects on these. And to make it even more complicated there are some with the spirals in reverse direction too. Fun stuff and they are absolutely stunning! 

Hypno Game Coins will run $95 plus shipping and the link to purchase is below. It is a limited size batch so one per customer on them please. Thanks as always for stopping by today and I hope your weather is as sweet as ours this week!

Sold Out, thank you everyone!










 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Zirconium Mini 5 Flute Beads!

Hi Everyone,

Well, spring is getting a late start here as I mentioned before, but it's better late than never. It's finally starting to warm up a little and this morning when I look out the window at the light April rain I can see lots of buds getting ready to pop on the bushes and trees in the yard. We'll have delicate pale green "squirrel ear" leaves on the trees by next week I'm sure. It's always my favorite time of year, bar none...at least until the black flies arrive that is. Unfortunately I think they are scheduled to hatch next week, haha.

I've been grinding tools for a few days and the upcoming steel Hangman hooks are nearly ready to send to heat treat. Ringbabies are coming along well too and those will be ready to go to heat treat next week, followed closely by the metric Crawdaddies. I predict much dust and noise in my future. Also coming up will be copper mini 5 Flute beads, and a special small batch of titanium 6 Flute MEGA Lanslides.

Today I have the Zirconium Mini 5 Flute Lanslides done. I took my time on them and made sure they have a particularly nice buttery finish on them. They're on premium black 550 cord which gives them that great stealth look. So nice that I already snagged a few for myself!

The Zr Mini 5 Flutes will run $55 plus shipping and it's a sizable batch so I will make it a 4 per customer limit on them. Thanks for dropping by today and hope you're enjoying the lovely weather this week.


All gone, thank you everyone!


    

  

Friday, April 20, 2018

Fancy Titanium BedBugs

Hi Folks,

Well, it's another below freezing morning up here in "paradise"! Will Spring ever arrive? Apparently next week we'll see some warmer days (and maybe even some days without snow flurries!) but we are all a bit skeptical until we see it for ourselves.

Things are starting to move along a little bit at last. I'll be getting some tools ready for heat treat next week but will also mix in some sale days hopefully. I'm not sure yet how it will go, but things are finally starting to fall into place and I should be getting quite busy this spring.

Today I have the other half of the Titanium BedBug batch ready to go. I spent a few days on these tools giving them plenty of extra grinds and also stamps, so they are much more ornate than the previous release. The grinds and stamps vary tremendously so there is everything from pure A51 style to some crazier asymmetrical looks. Fun stuff and many cool combinations!

The fancy ti BedBugs will run $70 plus shipping and the link to purchase is just above the pictures  below. There are some lefties available too. As always thanks for stopping by and here's hoping you have a great weekend everyone!

Sold out, thank you so much folks!



Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Basic Titanium BedBugs!

Hi Everyone,

Wow, Old Man Winter just won't give up here in New England! We woke up yesterday morning to a couple of inches of heavy wet snow. It's pretty much gone from the roads and driveway this morning but is still clinging stubbornly to the yard. This is the latest I have ever seen more than a flurry or two, so yesterday's icy blast was a little surprising. Needless to say, we are all quite disgusted up here and more than ready for some warmer spring weather. 

Well I'm finally starting to get some stuff finished. It's been maddeningly slow on every front lately, with delay after delay on each project that I attempt to start. Honestly it was beginning to get kind of funny because no matter what I did this last month I knew it wouldn't get too far before some monkey wrench or another would get thrown into the works. Anyway, the worst delays appear to be behind me now so I think I can FINALLY get back to a more steady schedule going forward. I certainly hope so anyway. Now, if the nagging tendonitis in my index finger that has plagued me all winter would just calm down all would be right in the world again.

Today I actually have the first wave of new Titanium BedBugs finished! This is an updated design that I have been thinking about for several years but couldn't quite figure out how I wanted to do it. At 2.5 inches long including the bit, they are only 1/2 inch longer than the original BedBug design, but with the advantage that the bit is always instantly available for use. The hefty 3/16 thick titanium is the thickest stock that I can use in this type of captive bit design tool in order to hold onto the tool bit securely. Much thicker and the bit just flops around loosely in the slot.

It was a challenge to get it all working the way I wanted it to but after considerable trial and error I finally dialed it in. These little guys work exactly as I had envisioned. The bit has some flex to it so is able to reach into places that a conventional screwdriver could not reach while still delivering plenty of torque. If more torque is desired then it is easy to remove the bit and place it perpendicularly in the rear of the bit slot which now has a hex shaped end for the bit to nestle into. All bit slots in any future captive bit tools will probably have this nifty new feature which allows for the elimination of a separate dedicated 1/4 hex opening. 

Obviously one of the big advantages to my o-ring based captive bit design is the interchangeable bit aspect. With this new configuration though only a narrow neck shaped bit will fit. Most #1 phillips bits will fit but I found that manufacturers can vary quite a lot. So some bits are too thick to fit through the neck slot area, especially if they are #2 or larger. I was able to find some slim neck Irwin #2 phillips bits that fit though and that's what I will supply with these. If you were to lose the bit however, most hardware stores will have a #1 replacement readily available that will fit.

Other features to these new BedBugs include a rear screwdriver/pry tip. So I kind of combined the old BugBite concept with the original BedBug to come up with this hybrid multi function tool. I needed a lanyard opening as well of course, and a plain round hole wasn't quite exciting enough, nor was an O2 wrench. A hex opening seemed like a good choice that would be in harmony with the overall design. Then I realized that by increasing the hex to a larger 7/16 size and flaring the sides to create a subtle "wings" shape it would give you a little more leverage for turning the bit. The difference seems rather small on paper but it was actually huge in effect. An aggressive edge grip texture finishes the design nicely.

So anyway, there you have it. These Basic BedBugs will run $60 plus shipping and it will be a two per customer limit on them. There are a couple of lefties among them too. I have a second batch with extra grinds and stamps that are in the finish tumbler now so they will be coming later this week...also coming very shortly are Zr and copper mini 5 flute beads. Thanks for your endless patience everyone and hope your spring has been warmer and sunnier than ours so far! 


Sold out for today, more coming soon, thank you!










Friday, March 30, 2018

Spring Updates

Hi Everybody,

Happy Spring! We're still due for a few more weeks of cold weather up here in New England, but the overall trend is starting to warm up. We keep hearing rumors that there is a large yellow ball up in the sky which gives us light and warmth...maybe we will even get to see it someday, haha.

Well, it's been mighty slow going around here lately. Many delays and little setbacks but things are slowly starting to come around. One of the great things about a slow production period is that it gives me time to work on new drawings. I'm happy to report that I have some awesome new stuff in the works, some of which is already underway.

So, coming Spring 2018:

3v steel Metric Crawdaddies (finally!)



CPM 154 RingBabies


17-4ph SS HangMan



Also, a brand new Count Sporkula design is finalized and about to be cut, steel R37 Rulers are on deck for milling, ti Small Fry tools without opener also now ready for milling. New beads including copper, white delrin and Zr mini 5 flute beads are actually running this week so are coming very soon.

And finally, a double batch of new ti BedBugs are also about to be milled and will be on the way in a week or two:

 





Have a great Easter weekend everyone and stay tuned!




Friday, March 09, 2018

Tellurium Copper Multi Grips

Hi Folks,

Another frosty day out there today but the heavy wet snow we got yesterday won't be around for long hopefully. Spring really is right around the corner and daylight savings time starts this weekend. Time is flying!

Not too much to report as far as updates go. I'm hoping maybe to get started on the grinding and finish work of the new BedBugs next week. If not those then some other tools...We'll see how it goes but no doubt I will be spending several days next week making metal dust.

Today I have a batch of tellurium copper Multi Grip beads finished. The hour glass shape and rifle knurling on these makes them a great choice for zipper pulls on jackets and bags, as well as lanyard beads for knives and flashlights. The copper will develop a rich patina over time.

Copper Multi Grips will run $30 plus shipping and the link for them is below. Thank you as always for stopping by today and have a great weekend everyone!

Sold out, thank you so much!



Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Titanium SeedNeedles

Hi Everyone,

It's a damp and dark day here today with what could be a sizable early March snowstorm bearing down on us. We're supposed to get up to a foot of wet heavy snow over the next 24 hours so there will be a mess to clean up tomorrow. At least this time of year it doesn't tend to hang around too long, and truth be told, we really need it as the relatively light snow fall this winter might be setting us up for a bit of drought in the spring. We'll see what happens.

Speaking of spring...my absolute favorite time of year! This year I will be planting a variety of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuces and other vegetables. It's actually time to start some seeds right now and continue throughout the next month so I can get an early start on the gardens. Planning ahead is important for successful gardens and that's what got me thinking last fall about making a small batch of today's nifty tool, the sleek and elegant SeedNeedle.

The SeedNeedle is a mini planting tool for planting seeds consistently at their recommended depths. It's loosely based on a very ancient tool, the dibble or dibber as they are sometimes called, which are traditionally made of wood and often have scribed depth lines. My pocket sized version is made of titanium and features a deeply milled 2 inch depth scale with 1/4 inch increments on one side and a 5cm depth gauge on the reverse side.

The SeedNeedles are all further embellished with my huge collection of antique and contemporary blacksmith stamps, especially those with botanical or nature themes of which there are many. The tools have been anodized and then most of the anodized color removed except for the measuring lines and marks. The final finishing allows the tool to be used freely without worrying about messing up the anodizing. Although these are designed with seed planting in mind you can certainly use them for estimating the depth of anything shallow or simply as a quick and handy measuring tool.

SeedNeedles will run $65 plus shipping and there is a limit of two on them please. Happy gardening this year!

All gone for now, thank you as always!









Thursday, March 01, 2018

Stainless Steel Mini 5 Flutes

Hi Folks,

It's another lovely day here in what has been a stellar week of relative warmth and sun for this time of year. We still have a little snow and ice in our yard but everywhere else it's mostly gone for now. Will we have an early spring? Could be...

Well I don't have any more progress updates since the other day. I generally don't get much done in the shop if I'm doing sales, so it's kind of a "one or the other" situation. I did want to mention those steel R37 rulers though, they are still in the works and coming this spring. Also titanium KingPins will be coming with stamped heads once I get around to grinding the pins and assembling them.

Well today I have the last batch of Mini 5 Flute beads done. These are 303 stainless steel with a smooth bright tumbled finish on them. They have a satisfying weight to them and a soft feel in the hand.

After the last bead sale a few folks asked about white Delrin Mini 5 Flutes...I will make a small batch next time I run beads, which will probably be this spring. I also want to do a few tellurium copper beads and perhaps Zr as well. In addition, I am mulling a bead related project and will certainly let you know if it works out.

The stainless Mini 5 Flutes will run $30 plus shipping and I will put a limit of 4 on them please... Link to purchase is below and I hope your week is going great so far. It's almost the weekend!


Stainless are sold out, thank so much everyone!




Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Small Fry

Hi Everyone,

We've been having some freaky weather here these past two weeks. It's been in the 50's for a couple of days and will continue with warm temps for much of this week. The snow piles are rapidly disappearing and everywhere you go people have big smiles on their faces. I'll certainly take it but would not be surprised to see a big snow storm next week.

I have some updates for you today. There is a super cool little project called the SeedNeedle Planting Stick underway and those are nearly ready to go, just in time for spring gardening season. Also underway are new titanium BedBugs and the first of those should be completed in a couple of weeks. A newly designed steel Prybaby project is scheduled for cutting next week. Steel metric Crawdaddies are now sitting next to the grinder, so I have run out of excuses and will be making myself finish up the prep work and figure out what I want to do for grinding on those very shortly, but they are still weeks and weeks away from completion.

Also, the stainless mini 5 flute beads are finished and I will be tying up strings this week for them. There are two or three other projects going on as well so plenty of nifty new items are coming to keep us all amused this spring!

Today I have the textured titanium Small Fry tools done. These are very fun and I have been testing one daily for the past couple of weeks. The tool is small, only 2.5 inches in length, but very stocky at .210 in thickness, so just under 1/4" thick. Features include a 7/16 12 point wrench, broad pry tip, 5/16 wrench/cap lifter and StepSide grips. The angled corner on the pry tip has a small bevel grind which, although not particular sharp, is just pointy enough to use as a quick access tape popper on shipping boxes. A second wave of slightly different Small Fry tools without cap lifter is also already cut and underway, to be completed in the month ahead.

The Small Fries are plain finished without color anodizing. I figure people don't want to be wiping sticky glue off of the colored ones if they get used for box duty. If there is a big call for them I may make a few steel ones down the road as well, we shall see...also, forgot to mention, the grinds vary a bit on these and there are a few lefties too.

So these Small Fry tools will run $65 plus shipping and it's a sizable batch so I will make it a two per customer limit on them please. As always, I thank you very much for dropping by today and hope you have a great week ahead!

These are completely sold out, thank you!


Friday, February 16, 2018

Black Delrin Mini 5 Flutes

Howdy All,

It's a gray and gloomy one here today and it looks like we have some "weather" headed our way. But predictions are for two days next week hitting 65 degrees which would be amazing for this time of year. I'll definitely take it.

Well, there's some good news on the project front...the first wave of Small Fry tools are almost done so I will have those coming up very soon. Also a titanium measuring tool project is nearing completion. And I spent some time this week working on the nifty new ti BedBugs and so those will be coming up in the next couple of weeks as well. Progress! 

Today I have the Mini 5 Flute beads in Black Delrin finished. These are great for those times when you want something very light in weight and stealthy, permanent black in color. It's also nice to be able to toss a fine pocket knife or flashlight in your pocket and not worry that a metal bead might scratch up the nice finish.

Anyhow, the Black Delrin mini 5 Flutes will run $30 plus shipping and the link to purchase is below. The batch is fairly modest in size but I will limit it to four per customer please, and it is possible I might do another small round of these next bead run. Thanks for stopping by today, as always, and hope you all have a great weekend.

Sold Out, thank you so much!





 


Monday, February 12, 2018

Zirconium Mini Triangles

Hi Everyone,

Well, it's a dark and chilly day out there today. Typical gloomy February weather but we're supposed to see some intermittent sunshine and a bit warmer temps coming up this week. I'm looking forward to seeing some of this snow and ice melting!

Well, things have been slowly coming along these past two weeks. Much grinding has been happening and there is a big pile of worn out belts sitting down in the shop right now. I put a huge effort into prepping out some new batches of tools and many are awaiting milling this week. There have been some delays with milling the various ruler projects due to this horrific flu illness that is going around...my best wishes and hopes for speedy recoveries to everyone who has been sick.

Anyway, at some point we will be seeing some steel rulers and a nifty new ti measuring tool. Also in the works is that cute little Small Fry tool in titanium that I had posted a drawing of last month. And there is a second related version of the Small Fry coming that lacks the cap lifter and includes a V notch.

The past two weeks has been a very creative period for me and I'm happy to announce that out of the various drawings I selected an updated BedBug tool which will be coming very soon. I'm quite excited about this little guy as it will bring some interesting new design directions to the table.

Also on the way are the remaining batches of Mini 5 Flute beads and I am looking at some possible bead related designs as well. Fun stuff ahead for 2018!

Well today I finally have the long awaited Zirconium Mini Bermuda Triangles finished. These are similar to the previous version but I decided to give them a hexi edge design for great grip. They are slightly thicker than previous Mini Triangles so that meant that I had to make the pry bevel a bit higher in order to maintain a usable geometry. As a consequence there was no room for a name stamp on the front side of the tool, so I elected to put it on the back side instead. There is very little real estate on these so I did not make any tools with my decorative stamps. However, there is a wide variety of extra grinds on them!

The only bummer on these is that the center reamer was a little worn and so the 3/8 opening is just a tad loose for the spin cores resulting in a slip fit rather than a press fit. So if you are looking to use one of the MD Engineering spin cores (tall ones only due to the thickness, available from MD Engineering website) for these they will have to be glued in place. No biggie though, I used a super tiny wipe of Gorilla Glue applied with a q-tip on the example below, set it on the heater to dry for a few hours and it was a very easy install. The key is to use a very very very thin wipe of glue, let it set up for a few minutes to get tacky, slide the bearing in carefully and center it. After it is dried then you can use an exacto blade to remove any excess glue that was pushed forward by the bearing, then screw the button ends back on. Don't try to shove the whole assembly in there or you will simply glue the whole thing in place and it won't spin.

The Zr Mini Bermuda Triangles will run $65 each plus shipping. The batch is generous in size so it will be a limit of two per customer on them please. Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you all are washing your hands frequently and staying healthy this winter! 

Sold Out for now, few more coming shortly, thank you so much!




 












Friday, January 26, 2018

Red Mini 5 Flute Beads!

Happy Friday Folks!

I don't know about you all but I'm certainly looking forward to the weekend. We're supposed to have some reasonable temperatures and no precipitation so that will be very nice indeed.

I've started to get some stuff done these past few days. I need to take several days next week however to grind some tools and get those projects moving along, so I might go quiet for a few days. But stuff is starting to happen finally. If I can just buckle myself down and spend a few productive days in the shop (in front of the grinder!) it will set up a great month ahead.

Well today I have some more Mini 5 Flute beads for you. These are aluminum with a slightly matte finish and they are anodized a deep dark red. Absolutely stunning. I can never resist red myself...it's one of those amazing colors that can go with almost anything and is very satisfying, like a beautiful ripe fruit.

Anyhow, the Red Aluminum Mini 5 Flutes will run $30 each plus shipping. It's not a super huge batch so I will make it a limit of 4 per customer please. Thanks as always for dropping by and I hope you have a nice relaxing weekend ahead.

All gone for today, thank you!



Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Postal Rate Increases 2018

Surprise surprise, the US Post Office raised it's rates this week with nary a word of warning...Grrrrr. 

US Priority Mail will now be $6.55 for a flat rate envelope and $7.05 for small flat rate box.

Internationally, First Class Package is the only allowable option to send merchandise in a cost effective way. Paypal software now rejects anything besides documents for regular First Class Mail which is how I have been shipping for the past year.

New Rates:
 
Canada First Class Mail Package $10
International First Class Mail Package $14

I don't even know what Priority Mail International will run but I suspect they tacked on a lot of money. It's at least $30 to Asia and probably a lot more elsewhere.

My ancient shopping cart software is primitive and I'm not about to ask Jenny to change it right now... I am making multiple item orders flat rate by adding only $.01 to additional items so hopefully that helps.

Anyhow, that's the story. I'm doing the best I can, thanks everyone! 

Anodized Ti Mini 5 Flutes

Hi Everyone!

Winter continues here in the northeast but at least we're catching a break this week with some more moderate and normal temperatures finally. My driveway is actually ice free this morning for the first time in a week and we are looking forward to a bit more thawing in the days ahead.

Not much to report on projects at the moment. I have been busy working on beads these past few days and can only do one thing at a time...

Today I have a sizable batch of titanium Mini 5 Flute beads done. These are anodized in a wide variety of solid and also multi colors.

I did release these same beads already in plain finish several months ago and so this batch is the newly finished anodized ones. I know some folks prefer them without coloring and so I left a portion of the batch plain. If you need plain ones just drop me an email and I will do my best to hook you up.

As I said, it's a good sized batch and there is no number limit on them. They will run the usual $30 plus flat rate shipping. Thanks for stopping by today and hope your week is going great!


Sold out for today, thanks again folks!



 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Bronze Mini 5 Flutes

Hi Folks,

Happy Friday! It's still very wintery here with snow stubbornly clinging to the trees and a good foot or more of white stuff on the ground. Hopefully we will get some slightly more moderate temperatures for the next few weeks though as that last cold spell was positively brutal.

I don't know what it is about this time of year but for some reason it's always good for coming up with new ideas. I've had a few new ones lately and hopefully at least two or three of those will actually pan out. A little more research is in order I think and every year I buy tons of product samples, materials and various supplies in order to explore and test the possibilities.

The fun thing about making drawings is that I might sit down with one idea in mind but then the hours slip by. I might make 4 or 5 versions before finally ending up with something completely different from the original idea. And if I do come up with something that I like I will usually print it out and set it aside. Then the next day or two might see considerable revisions as I continue to think about the tool and make small tweaks to it. One thing I have learned though is that no matter how much I might be smitten with the first versions, they usually look crude to me by the time I settle on the final version. It's often very subtle stuff.

Example: Working name Small Fry but I might end up calling it a Clawbaby, we'll see.

Version 1 which sat for two days: 

Version 2- Final this morning:




Anyhow, today I have the remaining Bronze Mini 5 Flute Lanslides finished. These have a rich chocolate colored patina started on them already and the highlights will continue to develop the more they are handled. Probably my personal favorite bead material of all as I love the warm coppery tone of the bronze.

The Mini 5 Flutes are $30 plus flat rate shipping and there is no limit on quantity. Thanks so much everyone and hope you all have a great weekend ahead!


All gone, thanks again everyone!






Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bubble Glow Game Coins

Hi Folks,

Happy New Year to you all! Wishing everyone the very best for 2018.

I'm sorry I've been so scarce lately but the whole family has been sick for the past three weeks with the nasty flu that's going around, and we're STILL not completely over with it yet. Crazy how this thing lingers forever, and countless people around here seem to have it also. And yes, I did get the flu shot this year, but to no avail...Anyhow, it's made for a very slow start to the year for me. I'm just now starting to get my energy back and have been fiddling around in the shop over these past few days. So hopefully I can put the coughing, snorfing and hacking behind me and start to get things rolling again now. Sheesh! :)

There is much on the schedule ahead for this winter. I wasn't able to finish everything I had going last year so a ton of projects are spilling into the new year. I still have a few Spin Coin variations to finish. Also several versions of the mini 5 flute beads including anodized titanium, bronze, red aluminum, black delrin and stainless steel. So those are all coming over the next couple of weeks as well as the Zr Mini Triangles which are sitting on the bench waiting for me to do the grinding and finish work.

For steel tools, the long promised metric 3v Crawdaddies remain in progress, hopefully heading for completion later this winter. Another tool that has already been cut, surface ground and is waiting for me to start working on them are some nifty steel R37 rulers with pry tips!

There is a brand new titanium tool on the drawing board and that one is a definite go. A simple and elegant item designed primarily for gardeners, it will also have some crossover appeal as well. A freshly designed new mini pry tool in ti or steel is also pending and I will be cutting a small batch soon.

More KingPins are coming. I have titanium ones started and the heads are already stamped with decorative stamps. I do not have the pins ground yet though so they will be a little while before I can finish them. Also, I will be making copper KingPins with stamped heads but they may prove a bit trickier as the stamping needs to happen after mounting the pins so as not to collapse the pinhole.

There are several other previously mentioned projects underway that need to be finished including TightWads and PieceMakers. I'm really going to make an effort to get these done this year. More info on them once I have cleared the decks a bit.

Well today I have a few more Antique Brass Spin Coins with Glow Centers done. These are Game Coins, and on this group I decided to do them with my slow drying glue that makes the bubbles underneath the glass. Many people expressed a preference for this cool 3d bubble effect so I did up a few dozen more of them over the holidays.

Bubble Game Coins will run $90 plus shipping and the link is below. Thanks for stopping by today everyone and I hope you all are staying warm and healthy this winter!

All gone, thank you so much everyone!