Well, I've been hitting the grinder pretty hard lately and have been getting a ton of stuff done. While we're waiting for steel tools to get through heat treat I have another little project that has finally come to fruition...Introducing the first of the Mystery Tool series:
Crypto!So here's what happened...One night I left the LockNut Monster and a Prybaby® on the bench together next to a case of beers, unchaperoned, and this is the predictable result. That's their story and they're sticking to it! :D
The Cryptos are an interesting hybrid concept. At first glance it might appear that these are left handed grinds since they face the opposite of my usual Prybaby® configuration. But after playing with the design a bit I decided to switch things up this time and make the "Prybaby®" end the tail of the creature, thereby emphasizing the jaws. The truth is, this is such an ambidexterous tool that the pry tip orientation really doesn't matter much so I think everyone will be happy with this run regardless of hand dominance. Also, I am making a second batch in S30v steel and I may grind those the other way for variety, we'll see what happens once they are underway.
Anyway, the Cryptos are made of titanium and are slightly lighter than usual at .125 thick, still very substantial feeling in the hand however. The features include a prytip/screwdriver (no V Notch on this batch), cap lifter, 5/16 wrench, large 1/2" hex opening, 1/4" hex opening and offset open jaws with the usual SAE sizes 1/4"-9/16". The first wave of these are stonewashed only, no anodizing, but I have several more waves of them in process and will do some colors on the next ones.
The fiddle factor with this tool is off the charts and I have been addictively spinning them between my fingers every time I pick them up. Too much fun! :)
The Cryptos will run $70 plus shipping and the link is below. It's a small initital batch so one per customer please. Thanks for stopping in this weekend and I hope everyone is thinking Spring, I know I am more than ready for it to arrive!
Cryptos are Sold Out for now, thank you so much everyone! I have more on the way soon so stay tuned.