Friday, September 28, 2007

Under the Weather

I've not been feeling my best lately so progress has been spotty. We'll see how it goes over this weekend and if I'm feeling up to finishing more stuff.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

O-Ring Size

People have asked what size the O-Rings are on the new tools. They are #109 on the O Ring size chart and measure 3/32" wall, ID 5/16", OD 1/2". I'm using the standard black Buna-N type but almost any of the materials available would work.

The Glow in the Dark style are usually made of silicone which is much stretchier. So would probably require a smaller size with thicker wall to produce the same degree of tensile stength. If someone figures out a size and source for good GID O-Rings that fit I'd like to know about it. :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Check 'Em Out

These were actually electrically anodized on an experimental basis.

Wave of Ti Whistles

I've got a few ti whistles up on the site today. I have plain satin, electric blue and some wild heat colored ones. The heat coloring is impossible to control so the effect ends up varying a great deal from piece to piece. They look cool though and the layer of oxide on the surface of the metal is pretty tough.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Back up

Site is back up after being down for several hours yesterday afternoon. I'm also receiving my email again although it is still a little pokey.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Thursday, September 13, 2007

G2 Minis

I've been wanting to do this for awhile. The new Generation Two Mini Prybabies have had a small facelift to bring them up to speed with my current designs. The 3/8" wrench adds another potential element of function. I really like the new look and hope you all agree. :)

Will have some finished up tomorrow afternoon, including at long last a few lefties. Imagine that, I finally remembered to do a few up for the patient and long suffering lefties out there. :D

Grinder Maintenance

I have to change out the bearings on my grinder in the next day or two so not sure how long it will take me. I may be down production wise for a day or two. It sucks that this would happen now but no time is a good time I guess so this is as good a time as any...

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Monday, September 10, 2007

Atwood BugBite!

I thought I'd do a few of these little guys in titanium. Overall length is just about 2.5 inches. I have applied an orange peel texture to the metal and then heat colored these for a more durable finish. The surface is much harder than conventional electrical anodizing and it resists fingerprints very well. The trade off is that it is impossible to achieve an absolutely uniform color over the whole piece, but that just adds to the charm in my opinion and makes each piece unique. Plain satin finish with orange peel will also be available.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Antique Pocket Tool

As you can see the thing is pretty crude but the idea is there. I should note that I had the idea of the captive object in the skeletonized handle even before seeing this piece with the wrench cut outs. Anyway, the piece is heavy duty, made of about 5/32" thick steel, obviously stamped out then the end had a very rudimentary screwdriver tip forged out from it. I estimate that is certainly early 20th century vintage if not earlier.

Well I'll be darned! A customer emailed me with information from the US Patent database and this tool or one very similar to it turns out to have been patented in 1898 by Vaughn and Bushnell and sure enough it bears the stamp V&B right on it. So it is likely right around 100 years old. Awesome!
No idea where he got it, but huge thanks to the Gadget Guy for sending it to me last winter. :D

Bug Are Up!

Got a few of the new tools ready today and posted them to the website... :D