Thursday, September 30, 2021

P20 Mini Prybabies

Hi Everyone,

Well it has cooled down finally with the arrival of Fall. The transition has been rather sudden, and the trees have clearly not gotten the message yet as they are still mostly a sad and forlorn green. Usually the peak of foliage season in New England is in about a week but I have seen very few colors yet and I don't know what is in store this year given the unusual prolonged warmth and record rainfall amounts. We shall see...

I've been catching up on all sorts of projects, and some even involve the shop, hehe...fancy Zr QuickDraws with decorations are getting close to the finish line, and those should be coming in a couple of weeks. I'm still working through the BabySharks and have more sheaths coming soon. Zr R25 ruler tools are being milled right now and will be coming along in a few weeks. Mini Wedgies are now milled and just need grinding before sending to heat treat. S30v Mini Prybabies with milled feature are on the bench now and I have started grinding them. Titanium Medallions are on the bench awaiting stamping.

Today I have the first wave of S30v Mini Prybabies done. This is the 20 year anniversary of the first Prybaby release and if I had known then that I would still be making them today I would have been amazed...at any rate, this design pays homage to those first simple tools, although I have made some subtle updates. I had a sheet of 5/32" thick S30v steel lying around so I decided to use it up for this run. These little cuties are just 2.5 inches long and feature the original style milled V notch. I made the lanyard opening into a 1/4 hex so it serves double duty and I also gave these tools the original style rear pry tip. They are chunky, robust and very useful. A second group with an added milled design is coming soon as mentioned above.

The P20 Minis are all stamped with a wide variety of my decorative stamps. There are a few lefties if folks want to email me for them. Please note, this steel will have various minor marks, visible grind line remnants and other little surface irregularities. It's next to impossible to get them all out so please expect some character marks on them. The final finish is stonewashed for maximum wearability although I do have a couple of bead blasted ones here too.

P20 Mini Prybabies will run $65 each plus shipping. This is a small batch so it will be one per customer please....the link is below. Thank you for dropping by and I hope you're having a great week!

 These are gone for now, thank you everyone!

   


 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

BabySharks!

Hi Everyone,

Well, we're in the waning days of summer up here in the Northeast. The days are getting a lot shorter lately, and it's finally cooling down a bit after what seemed like an endless procession of hot days. Indeed, it was the hottest summer on average that we have ever had, and must have been one of the wettest as well. I lost a lot of veggies this year due to rot as the rains simply would not quit. We had about 30 inches total in July and August which is a crazy amount. And we're on track for a a very wet September too.

So, the projects are slowly moving along. I sent a batch of Mini Prybabies to heat treat last week and they should be done about a week from now. A second batch of Prybabies with additional milled feature is next up on the bench and will be sent out probably next week. Also, Mini Wedgies have been milled and now just need some grinding and stamps and then they will go out for heat treat as well. Zr R25 ruler tools are getting milled right now, and Zr QuickDraws will follow those.

Sheaths have been slow to finish on the long awaited BabySharks, but I finally have enough done to put up a sale for some of them! This is the first wave and is only about a 1/4 of the entire batch. More will be coming through the month of September as I receive them. I am hoping to get through them all by mid October, so fear not, many more of these BabySharks are on the way. These first two waves are all just stamped, but some slightly different ones will come in the final group and those will have some further embellishments.

BabySharks are my latest take on ultra compact fixed utility blades. These cute little guys are made of CPM 154 steel with a forward canted 1.25 inch cutting edge. They have a tumbled stonewash finish. I gave them a Tiny Tim style rear utility feature for the handle, and so we have a 5/16 wrench, a small prytip and a cap lifter built in. A 1/4 hex in the center provides a handy grip control point as well as a sheath detent area for secure carry. The top thumb grip area and deep forefinger cutout provide further control and a secure holding position. The ergonomics are very nice on these and the fiddle factor is excellent.

I don't recommend you try to use any of the tool features unless the blade is securely held in the sheath, but these minimalist sheaths have a nice fit and the ensemble makes for a very handy package to have in your pocket or on a key ring. I wasn't really thinking neck knife when I made this stripped down sheath design, but of course you could easily put a small split ring on them and run some bead chain through if you want to carry them that way.

The BabySharks are stamped with a wide variety of my antique and modern stamped images. There are a handful of lefties here as well if anyone wants to email me for those.

Stamped BabySharks will run $150 plus shipping, and due to the very limited quantities these are going to be one per customer please. Thanks for your great patience this summer and hope you all are enjoying the warm weather while it lasts...stay safe out there!

Wow, gone in a flash!! Thank you so much everyone!
 





 

Friday, August 20, 2021

Summer Updates

Hey Everyone!

Yup, I'm still here. In the middle of building that ark though, since the rain just will not stop this summer. We had something like 15 inches last month and it just keeps on coming. My tomatoes have very little flavor this year from lack of sun and too much water, but my sweet peppers are doing great. Outside the woods is steaming like a jungle and swarming with mosquitoes. I think I am down a quart after working in the garden for just five minutes yesterday!

I've been crazy busy these past few weeks with family activities, some small home improvement projects and working in the shop. It's been a tremendously productive summer on the one hand, but on the other hand I can't seem to get any projects to completion. That will be changing soon though...I finally found a sheath maker for my blade projects and they are busy working on them right now. So, in a week or two I should have the first batch in hand and can actually put some sales up. I'm in the middle of sharpening BabySharks right now.

In other news, a second blade project, the PieceMaker, just went to heat treat so those will be coming later this fall. Those have been sitting around for a couple of years, so it's good to finally be getting to them.  

After some debate I decided to add an old school V notch to the Mini Prybaby project, so those are once again delayed for a few more weeks to get that milled...steel Mini Wedgies have been cut and all prepped out for milling. I just got done sanding and tumbling out the Zr R25 ruler tools and they are now finally ready for milling. Zr QuickDraws are also ready to be milled. And I have a heavy duty new chainsaw tool which has just been cut and I'm about to start on prepping those out. Ti Medallions are all ready for stamping and finishing, just have to sit down and get to work on them. Ti KingPins are waiting for me to grind the pins and anodize...

So, tons of stuff is in progress, just infuriatingly slow to get any of it to the finish line. Anyway, hope your summer is going great and you're staying safe and healthy!

BabyShark:


 

 

 


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Stamped Titanium Ringbabies

Hey Everyone,

Well the summer is already flying along, can't believe it's the middle of July already. After a long dry spell this spring we've had a ton of rain here lately and even more is on the way apparently. I just wish we could send some of this excess moisture back out west where they so desperately need it. My garden is certainly loving it though, as are the mosquitoes...

Projects have been moving along. I'm slowly making my way through the steel Mini Prybabies and will be trying to get them out for hardening in a couple of weeks after the summer shut down of heat treat. The Zr R25 tools are well underway and they should be all prepped out and ready for milling by next week. Same with the second small run of Zr QuickDraws. I just completed two drawings and will be cutting a new Mini Wedgie design this fall, along with another brand new tool. And the cute little Baby Sharks are nearly finished...just need to do the sharpening and figure out sheaths. Oh, did I say...sharpening and sheaths? Hehe.... ;)

So today I have the second wave of titanium Ringbabies done. These came out great, with lots of different stamps, both old and new, and some awesome contrast anodizing effects. For ano lovers there are some terrific bright colors here, and also some unusual combos such as neutral C-51 with purple, some interesting copper and salmon tones and even a couple with super high voltage Honeydew Melon/ Blush type effects. I do have a half dozen lefties if anyone wants to email me for them, and there are also a half dozen stamped ones without anodizing for those who are allergic to colors. :)

Titanium Ringbabies will run $65 plus shipping and there is no limit on them. Thanks for dropping by today. I hope you're making the most of this wonderful window of summer and being careful to stay healthy and safe! 

All gone, thank you so much!

 



 

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Zirconium Mini Superbugs

Hi Everyone,

Happy Summer! Man, it has arrived with a vengeance too...stepping outside to water my garden this morning was like walking into a sauna. We keep going from very hot spells to very cool temps so it's going to be a long hot crazy summer ahead I think.

I've been quite busy working on projects these past couple of weeks. I just finished stamping and anodizing ti Ringbabies and those will be coming up next. I finally got a small batch of white delrin beads done. A big load of the upcoming BabyShark tools just went out to heat treat yesterday and I began the grinding on steel Mini Prybabies finally as well. I also did some preparation on the Zr R25 rulers and some more Zr QuickDraws but those will be awhile away...so lots of goodies are already on the menu for this summer.  

Today I have Zirconium Mini Superbugs done. These are all stamped and then torch colored in the traditional blackened style finish. A great little minimalist tool that makes it easy to carry a standard 1/4 bit anywhere at all times.

Zirconium Mini Superbugs will run $65 plus shipping and there is no limit on them. Thanks for dropping by this week and hope you're staying cool and have a great holiday weekend planned ahead!

All gone, thanks so much everyone! 

 
Small sampling of stamps:


 
 
 
 

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Bronze Medallions

Hi Everyone,

Happy summer! I know it isn't quite summer yet, but man it has been a scorching week here. We've had some crazy back and forth temperatures ranging from freezing cold, and then directly to burning hot weather this spring. My tomatoes did not appreciate it, that is for sure, although my gardens recovered nicely. Supposedly we're now due for some moderate days in the 70's and that sure would be nice to see. 

Sorry for my long radio silence these past couple of weeks. I've been working steadily on projects but for one reason or another haven't gotten any to the finish line....the good news is that I have gotten a ton of stuff done so lots of tools are now on the verge of completion. Zr Mini Superbugs are almost ready, just waiting on the o-rings so I can start packing them up. I am almost done stamping ti Ringbabies and then then they can get anodized and finished up. Titanium Medallion coins are now ready to stamp and then they can get anodized. Steel Mini Prybabies are still on the bench but are next up for grinding, as are the remaining steel BabySharks. Will be lots to send out to heat treat in a week or two...Steel Wheelman tools are in limbo since I discovered the other half of the batch, so might wait to send those to heat treat until later in the summer. And there are several other things in progress too, as always.

Today I have the Bronze Medallion coins done. I collected coins as a kid, so between all my youthful coin collecting and my adult appreciation of ancient artifacts, I wanted to create something fun that was a hybrid of those interests. I had a sheet of bronze lying around so I decided to turn it into lucky pocket pieces...About the size of a silver dollar, these remind me a little of the old Chinese coins with the square holes in the center crossed with some of the gold pieces and large pennies of the 1800's. Maybe with a dash of Space Pirates thrown in for good measure. Yeah, I went there, Space Pirates and their Pieces of Six! :)

I had a lot of fun stamping these guys up with my ever expanding collection of metal stamps. I have some very cool new ones although they vary in the materials that they can be used on. Some are best in the softer metals so these bronze coins were a perfect palette. I'm really digging the new Bigfoots, flying saucers, little elephant, mushroom, nautical star and literally dozens of others. There are also a few bawdy and irreverent images such as the middle finger and even boobs for a "lucky night" theme coin, haha...I was cracking myself up more than once in recent days and no two Medallions are quite alike in the stamping combinations.

These bronze coins have a heavy distressed and antique finish on them. I gave them multiple chemical baths and tumblings to achieve a range of deep patinas and it gives many of them a look of something that was dug up last week after centuries of lying in the ground. They are all dated 2021 though so I guess that gives their true age away.

Bronze Medallions will run $55 each plus shipping and the link is below, no limit on them. Thanks for stopping by today and I hope everyone is doing great this spring and that life is beginning to return to normal!

*********Sold out, thanks so much folks!

A few examples, back sides:
Front sides:
 
And no, antique coins are not included, hehe...


 
 

Monday, May 17, 2021

GasZilla!

Hi Everyone,

Well spring sure did take it's sweet time getting here this year, but we are finally getting some perfect days here in New England. We're still a little bit dry so would be nice to have some rain, but at least we are finally getting some warmer days and some sun. My garden is certainly enjoying it and I already have pepper and tomato starts in the ground, lettuce is getting picked for salads and melons and cucumbers are poking their little leaves above ground.

All that outdoor activity needed to get done these past two weeks, but I have been working my brains out in the shop as well. I'm grateful for your patience lately and I promise you, your patience is about to be richly rewarded as we get into the warmer months and I retreat to my cool basement shop for finishing work this summer. :)

Updates: Steel Mini Prybabies are on deck for grinding and then they can get stamped and sent to heat treat. Zr Mini Superbugs are next in line for torch coloring, and those will be coming along very shortly. I'm part of the way through stamping the next Titanium Ringbabies. I started work on the bronze Medallion coins and they are coming out super cool, more on those very soon...I just got done with milling a new steel item, called the BabyShark, and those are going to be sent to heat treat soon.

This has been an epic period for metal stamps. I recently expanded my library of stamp images and have gotten some incredible new ones, including some exclusive customs that I have had made just for us. I can't wait to share these with you...

Well today I have a cool little fiddle tool for you. The Titanium GasZilla is a nifty little reversible gas wrench with O2 on one end and acetylene B tank on the other. It features two 5/16 wrench openers and center 7/16 wrench. I have played around with designs like this before and I keep coming back to it, so I decided to make a small run. These are just a lot of fun and you won't be able to put it down...they are stamped with a wide variety of images, and are mostly stamped on both sides. I gave them some crazy contrast anodizing but there are also a handful of plain ones in case anyone wants to email me and ask for them.

Titanium GasZilla tools will run $65 plus shipping and there is no limit on them. Thanks for dropping in and I hope you're staying safe and healthy this spring!

All gone thank you everyone!

I need to clean my camera sensor, just ignore the little spot! :)