Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year folks! I hope 2009 treats you well and may you all have very good fortunes and excellent health this coming year.

Meanwhile, be safe tonight and drive carefully especially in the snow storm areas.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

How Can I Buy an Atwood Tool?

Just a quick tutorial for folks who are new to Atwood Knife and Tool. I get several emails every week with this question so I thought I would post an easy to understand answer. :)

How to Buy My Tools

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

A very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year to everyone! Thanks for making 2008 so much fun for me and I'm looking forward to pressing ahead into 2009.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Basic Atwrenches

Hi All,

I have just a few of these Basic Atwrenches with stonewashed finish available. These are S30v steel with seven American wrench sizes 1/4-5/8".

Sold Out! I just had two dozen and that's the end of them. Thank you very much folks.

I thought I had more basic Keytons left than I do so probably not going to do the sale of those today after all.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Basic Mini Keytons

I'm telling you, Santa's elves have been working overtime here at the Atwood workshop. :) I have finally gotten a chance to finish a big batch of Mini Keytons. These are the Basic ones in S30v steel. None were cut in titanium this time around and with all the new stuff I have planned I seriously doubt if I will be making any more Keytons in this size in any material. So this is probably the end of them.

These are sold out for now. Will have the rest of them done this coming week but need to do packaging and lanyards. Thank you!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

G4 Metric Prybabies®

Alright, this is the Metric version of the G4 Prybaby® tool. Same exact features as the American version below but featuring 6 decimal sizes in 2mm increments, 6-16mm. The tool features the distinctive "M" as part of the lanyard hole to easily distinguish it from its American cousin.

It has been brought to my attention that only three of the wrench sizes correspond to common Metric wrench sizes. So in future editions I will redesign the opening to exclude the off sizes even though it messes up the tidy 2mm increment steps. I think it's still a nifty tool nevertheless and I hope quite useful despite my small screw up.

Sold out for now, thank you very much folks!

Friday, December 19, 2008

G4 Prybabies

Hi Folks,

Well at long last I have some of the new S30v steel G4 Prybabies finished. These are identical to the G3 series but have the addition of a screwdriver tip on the rear end of the tool. They are 3 1/2" overall length. At first I thought they might seem a bit too long but they actually are a very nice size in the hand so I'm pleased. I'm also very pleased with the finish on these. Hard to photograph, but they have a smooth, almost buttery, semi satin stonewashed finish on them.

I'm starting off with the American version because I'd like to drain a little of the demand off before I release the metric pieces. I made the metric ones especially for my international customers and I want the overseas folks to get first shot at them although I know a number of my regulars here in the states also want one for their own collections. So I'll probably do the metrics tomorrow.

Sold out for now, thank you folks!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Micro Card Lottery

I was cleaning up some stuff today and found three of these S30v card knives. I honestly didn't think there were any left but there they were... three of these with leather slip sheaths. So I finished them up and will make a short lottery out of them. These will be $65 plus shipping and the lottery will end tonight at 9PM EDT.

Lottery is over!

And the winners were:

13 GauchoAmigo
101 jojo
185 Q( ^_^ )V

Thanks folks! Will send email to the winners right now.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Release this Week?

Things are looking good for some big tool batches late this week! If things go as planned there will be Mini Keytons, the new longer G4 Prybabies and a few other odds and ends from maybe Thursday or Friday and on through the weekend. I got word they are through heat treat and getting a fine semi polish tumble right now. It has taken many weeks and I went through a lot of extra steps it seems like with these batches but they are finally almost ready. :)

G4 is what I decided to call the new longer Prybabies to make a distinction from the shorter, round butt G3 model. I will have both American and metric version available and I hope will be finishing them up and packaging later this week. There could be another lottery or two in addition, we'll see how it goes.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Winners Blackout SOPTHings...

OK, another great turnout. Thanks everyone! Here were the ten randomly chosen winners:

22 Jonesy
25 goingyard
30 Cowboy
120 exit14a
122 PDS
146 drJML
170 chadt
175 wishbone
198 Astuti
215 joe

I will send emails to the winners shortly. Please email me if you don't hear from me tonight.

SOPThing Blackout Lottery

This is the Blackout version of my full sized Son of PryThing with satin DLC coating, black cord wrap, black kydex sheath and black mini teklok belt clip. I have ten of these and and the price on them will be $195 plus shipping. The lottery will run until 8PM EDT this evening, Friday 12th.

Lottery is over. Thanks everyone! :)

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

DLC BOBlade Winners...

Man, another big turnout! Here are the 10 numbers picked at random:

3 SoloTwo
101 Chuck Bartowski
155 hunrichs
163 Rob1
178 chenz
228 hookworm
247 andy195
292 yota4by4
297 BArch

Thanks very much everyone. I will send emails to the winners shortly.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

DLC Bug Out Blade Lottery

Finally got the sheaths done for these. These are my old school Bug Out Blades, made of CPM 3V at 5/32 thick, tumbled to a bright stonewashed finish and then coated with DLC. OD green cord wrap completes the package. Five inch OAL, blade length 1.75". They come with the usual kydex sheath and removable mini teklok belt clip. I have 10 of them and the price will be $195 plus shipping, $10 US Priority insured or $26 Global Express.

Lottery is over!

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Update: New Projects

Hi Folks,

Well, the lotteries have been very successful and I just want to thank everyone for signing up. I deeply appreciate the interest in my little tools and knives and I want to wish everyone the very best this holiday season! :)

I have a lot of stuff coming up even though it seems like it is taking forever. The long awaited extended G3 Prybabies are getting a pretumble right now. They should be back to me any day soon as I get them I will be doing my name stamp and then sending them back to heat treat and then on to a final bright polish tumble. My aim here is to raise the bar on my finish and I think these may very well be the best that I have been able to achieve so far. I think the small delays in working out the new schedule will be well worth it. I'm not sure they will be completed before the heat treater breaks for the Christmas holiday though. If that is the case then these will not be done until the second week in January. I'll be pestering them though to get them to me before Christmas so keep your fingers crossed.

At the same time as the G3s there is a large batch of Mini Keytons that will be getting the same treatment.

In other news, I have long had an interest in antique tools as many of you know. My collection has grown over the years and I have a very wide range of hand tools. Everything from old pliers to wrenches to screwdrivers to pocket tools of all sorts. I'm always researching and evaluating that which came before my own little creations. One of my favorites has always been little rulers and I have about 40 of various sizes including the cool old boxwood and brass folding rulers as well as metal machinist rulers of all sorts.

So I got to about a small pocket Atwood ruler? Even more interesting, how about an Atwood ruler tool? The first hurdle was to find a reliable laser engraver. My previous attempts to hook up with local companies was a disaster. They wouldn't return my calls, had unreasonable charges, etc. One place actually had a sample with promises to return it and never got to the project despite a dozen phone call reminders. I finally gave up in disgust. I recently attended a small trade show however and found a terrific place in eastern MA that will do the job for a reasonable price and turnaround time.

Anyway, this was just a first pass sample. The final tool will have the American scale across the top and metric scale on the bottom:

Cool huh? :) I thought it was pretty neat...but it gets even better:

Hehe, I've seen a lot of rulers but never one in ti. Lots of fun! If this works out as I hope it will open up a whole new palette of possibilities and I already have several drawings for future tool ideas.

Many of you might have seen pictures on the forums of a small Ringtool with captive bit. I had a couple of prototypes cut in steel to test the design. Recently I did some tweaks to the drawings and came up with something slightly more robust. Made of much thicker 3/16" stock, these are not only look much better but have a bit more weight to them as well. Well, the steel ones did anyway...but everything is better in titanium isn't it? :D

There's more too but that's it for now. I'm not sure if any of the above projects will be completed in time for Christmas but if not then January is going to be rather busy. In the meantime stay warm!

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Winners Are:

Congratulations to the winners and thank you everyone. I have sent emails to the list below.

2 LZ
17 goingyard
24 liam91
31 GauchoAmigo
61 Bobalink
72 KLH
86 lcd
89 spydercofanatic
115 jeff
133 cc
144 JosKatz
152 come on come on come on....
154 dc42
157 d_clark
178 Vipin Goyle
184 bonedaddy
188 misterjoshua

Fancy Ti Gasbabies

OK, I had a few of these flat titanium Gasbabies left from a big batch and I thought I'd play a little with my new Helter Skelter patterning. As a couple of people have said, it has a quality that reminds you of the patterns of light that you see at the bottom of a swimming pool on a sunny day. The Spectrum anodizing really works well with it too. Neat little wallet pieces and at just .060 thick they seem almost weightless.

I have 18 of these available and the price will be $45 each plus shipping. The lottery will end at 7PM EDT tonight, December 6th. Thanks to everyone for signing up!

Lottery is Over!

Here is the list of winners real quick...I'll send emails as soon as the Florida/Alabama game is over! :D

2, 17, 24, 31, 61, 72, 75, 86, 89, 115, 133, 144, 152, 154, 157, 178, 184, 188

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Friday, December 05, 2008

Whistle Winners

Oh my word! At 433 entries this was just an amazing turn :0

OK, the 13 lucky winners drawn at random are:

1 puzi
37 Jellosh0ts
39 xraysrc
45 bamabenz
149 cosmicomic
162 gadgetjack
176 chadt
219 simeon03
242 thebsharp
297 macjmillsx
330 The last boy scout
400 enkidu
408 SchexMixx

Congratulations folks. I will send out emails shortly to the winners. Thank you to everyone who signed up, it was really cool and I appreciate it very much. I have some much larger batches of stuff coming up for general release in the next couple of weeks so lots of neat stuff is on the way. And there will be another lottery tomorrow and probably for the next few days in a row as I finish up more knives and tools.

Brass Whistle Lottery

Hi Folks, got a few brass whistles available. This is the very end of the whistles and no more will be made. I have a baker's dozen, 13 of them. Price is $35 plus shipping. Lottery will end tonight, December 5th at 8PM EDT.

Lottery is over!

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

And the Winners Are...

30 I never win anything
41 benbeaux
43 HoopleHead
56 rholcombe
61 Frango
76 six4
92 yybug
97 gwaveguy
106 kalkwarf
120 Leezell
124 Doc Allen
125 Jealous Monk
127 JoeB42
137 Clean1
145 jjwright55
160 bonedaddy
161 richiefriday
167 Aknight
168 navig8or
177 asornelas
179 Iowill

Thanks very much for participating folks! I'll be sending emails to the winners right now. I have more lotteries coming up this week so stay tuned. I'll post a more complete update in a day or two also.

Happy Thursday!

Hey folks, finally got these sheaths done for the Matte Black DLC Boogers. I have just 21 of these and I'm going to offer them up all in one shot. They are $150 each plus shipping. The lottery will run until 9PM EDT tonight, December 4th. After the drawing I will post the winning numbers and also immediately send out emails to the winners with purchase instruction. Please make sure to check your email later or check back on the blog to see if your number came up so it's easy to chase folks down. Thanks for participating in my lotteries, they're a lot of fun and I appreciate the interest. :)

Lottery is over.

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