Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Smooth P15 Roid Prybabies!

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend Everyone!

If I had to list all the things I was thankful for this year it would take hours and I would soon run out of space on the blog. Man, it's been such a terrific year and I know I say thank you to everyone quite often, but the truth is, I cannot say it enough. You guys and gals are truly the best, and I am incredibly grateful for the wonderful support you give me all year long, as well as your patience and many kind words. And it's not just this year but every year for the past decade, it's just been an amazing time in my life.

This time of year I always give a generous donation to my local food bank. I feel strongly that people should not go hungry and they certainly can't get a firm footing in life with an empty stomach. So I want you to know that a portion of the proceeds from today is going towards that very worthy cause.

Project Update: More steel tools are on deck with Mini P15s and Nibbles on the way over the next week. I will be working on finishing and packaging them over the weekend...and I have a beautiful new bead design coming up in a couple of weeks so stay tuned for that as well. A few SUSales are also in the cards for early December. I have a brand new Hangman tool coming in mid December too, hopefully will have them done before Christmas. Lots of cool new stuff is on the horizon!

Today I finally have the other half of the CPM 154 steel P15 Roid Prybaby batch ready to go. These are surface ground so are not quite as thick as the earlier ones, measuring in around .200 inches thick. A little shy of 1/4 but still quite massive, these are some heavy duty steel tools that are built for use and abuse. Wrench sizes 1-4-9/16. They are lightly stonewashed which has proven to be my most durable steel finish as far as hiding scratches goes.

Smooth Roids will run $75 plus shipping and they are one per customer limit on them as usual. Thanks once again folks, and I wish you all a fantastic and safe Thanksgiving with friends and family!

These are gone for now, thank so much! :)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Dial M for Metric

Howdy Everyone,

Lovely sunny week here in the northeast, albeit a little chilly today. We've been spoiled lately with some very mild temperatures but I'm sure that will end very soon. Looks like Thanksgiving will be quite pleasant though this year, unlike last year's huge blizzard where we lost power for a couple of days and ended up having our turkey on the following Saturday.

Well, things are moving right along finally and I'm starting on the finishing phase on several projects. The steel tools that I mentioned earlier this week will start coming on in a couple of days, hopefully I will be able to sneak one more sale in before the holidays start. Probably the big Roid P15s first.

Today I have the Metric Mini P15 Prybabies in Krinkle texture titanium done. The material is nice and hefty measuring in at .195 give or take a few thousandths. Great thickness for a tool this size. The Metric Minis are slightly longer than the SAE P15 Minis in order to fit the new metric wrench set inside, measuring in at just 2.75 inches OAL. The raw bar texture on these is mostly very light, kind of resembles concrete or a slightly porous stone. Just enough there to give them some character and a little extra grip.

As I mentioned, the Metric Minis have an all new 6 wrench set with sizes 7,8,9,10,11 and 12mm! Originally I planned to make the set 7-14mm but that would be for a future full sized Prybaby that has not yet been made. This Mini is a great compact size however and covers much of the range, so I think people will be quite pleased, especially my long suffering and very patient international customers. :)

These are mostly solid colors, rainbows, color fades, etc. Nothing overly fancy, no extra grinds or crazy variations, other than a little creative anodizing, as I know people want them to use. I will maybe make another run in the same material or possibly in steel for 2016, we'll see, haven't quite gotten that far yet. But I do think more of this design or some variation of it is definitely in the cards for next year.

The Metric Mini P15 Prybabies will run $70 plus shipping and the link is below, one per customer on them for now. Thank you for stopping by folks, wishing everyone a terrific and relaxing week ahead!

Metrics are gone for now but a few more are still coming, thank you so much everyone!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Don't Worry, Be Bronzey!

Hi Everyone,

Fall is rapidly slipping away here in New England. The leaves are almost completely gone now, even the oaks, and we're getting a heavy frost each morning. Won't be long until the dreaded white stuff starts flying. Maybe this year I will embrace it, but it would be nice if we didn't get the horrible cold snap that went on for over a month last winter where temps never got out of the single digits and teens.

Well, I'm still waiting on the steel tools to come back from heat treat. I am resigning myself to the fact that I may not be able to get too much more out to heat treat this year except for possibly one more batch of the metric P13 Prybabies...Wedgies might have to wait until after New Year's, we shall see if there is still time for me to grind and finish them....

Anyhow, today I have something a little different for you. Quite literally, buried treasure! These big bronze GripCoins feature my antique stamp images. They measure 1 inch in diameter and although the original intent for these larger sized GripCoins was to create customized finger holds for electronics or other objects, the 1 inch diameter ones are really better suited to be pocket "worry stones" and the smaller stainless steel ones that I released earlier this year are better for creating actual grip points. Nevertheless, I am including a 3m adhesive dot with these just in case someone wishes to try it on a camera or tablet.

These little beauties have been aging patiently for the past year and I just dug them up this past weekend. Mother Nature has been having her wicked way with them all year! Expect to see minor dings, machine marks and plenty of heavy patina still clinging to the grooves. Some of the stamps are a little off center as well which contributes to the somewhat primitive feel.

I have not cleaned the bronze GripCoins very much so you can simply leave them as they are and let them shine up naturally in your pocket over time. Or you can hasten the process but hitting them with a little Brasso or Flitz on a paper towel or use a piece of worn out green scotchbrite cloth if you wish to bring up the highlights. I think most metal detector folks will tell you that over cleaning old coins is a no-no but here we are free to do as we wish and make our own personal interpretations as to the appearance and value of a modern created "artifact".

The stamped bronze GripCoins will run $45 plus shipping and the batch is very modest in size so once again, one per customer please. The link is below...thank you as always my friends and a safe and happy week ahead to you all!

Bronze ones are gone, thanks everyone! :)


Monday, November 16, 2015

Fancy P15 Minis!

Hi Folks and a Happy Monday to you all!

It's been a busy couple of weeks here even if I haven't had very much to show for it. The projects are steadily moving along but there's been a lot of sports to watch between the many football and baseball games, and lots of fall domestic duties to attend to including long deferred shop maintenance. In short, the usual distractions.

However, I've been very hard at work cranking through batches of steel tools for the past couple of weeks. I'm happy to report that the rest of the P15 Roid Prybabies are at heat treat now. Also at heat treat right now are steel Mini P15 Prybabies and, in a reprise of an older tool design, CPM 154 steel Nibbles! I have more steel tools on deck here for grinding as well and we'll see if I can squeeze one more batch out before too long.

Today I have a small batch of lovely little SAE P15 Mini Prybabies with Krinkle texture titanium and A51 style extra grinds! These vary a bit in style and finish. They are quite colorful due to a series of high contrast multiple anodizing treatments. Fun stuff and something a little different.

The Fancy P15 Mini Prybabies will run $85 plus $5 shipping, one per customer on these as usual with small batches, and the link is below. Thanks for stopping by and have a terrific week ahead!

Fancy P15 Minis are all gone, thank you so much!