Friday, January 29, 2016

T-Wrex Winner List!

Wow, another terrific turnout. Thank you so much!

Without further ado, here is the randomly drawn list:

5 Ansel1
47 Elysium1230
48 tmw
81 Andwoodle
82 Hammertime
112 JHS
138 stnphoto 
161 Eskerbillion 
165 parallax
172 kevinK
177 Joe
178 SexyT-Rexy-baby!
186 alva
192 Bkturnr
229 Kahowell13
250 Jalessi
355 buckerroo1
366 NickNardone
380 artmax
392 Han
393 BadKarma
394 Hope to get it
405 jdbeltran
420 bluejay68

Thanks again everyone, will send the emails out shortly!


Hi Everyone,

Well, January is rapidly drawing to a close and I'm always happy to see it go, because it means spring is not too far away now. This year we have lucked out big time, especially compared to the miserable winter we had last year. Luckily the big storm last week missed us entirely and we currently have no snow cover at all. That's hard on some local wildlife and certain trees but it's quite pleasant for humans and for my winter heating bills!

Much progress has been made this week. I worked on a broad variety of projects. Almost ready to send CPM 3V P10 Metric Prybabies to heat treat. 3V Mini Wedgies will be next on the steel to do list and they are already well underway. Krinkle ti Termites are cut and I started prep work on those to make them ready for milling. (They will be straight btw, no XL bends because bends on interrupted edges cause micro cracking and high rate of tool loss.) I also came up with a couple of brand new drawings, one of which is headed for fast track production: Little Jimmy, aka the SikStik. And in other news I managed to secure a nice supply of the gorgeous Krinkle textured ti material before it disappears forever, enough for several years of future projects. Lastly, I am finishing up the last steps for some rather special Mini Prybabies and those will be forthcoming very soon.

Today I have a little Sign Up Sale for you. I have a couple dozen heavy duty Roid CPM 3V steel T-Wrex tools with extra grinds and vintage finish. These are the remaining pieces from last year's batch and I just got around to putting the final touches on them. They are identical to the originals but have extra grinds, mostly of the face grind variety.

The Xtra-Wrexes will run $90 plus shipping and the link to sign up is below. (If the link is no longer there it means the sale is over...) The Sign Up period will run 30 minutes, from 2PM eastern time until 2:30 PM eastern time, after which I will remove the sign up link, sort the entries and pick the winners. PLEASE ONLY SIGN UP ONCE! Duplicates will be discarded.

Sign up is over and I will post the winner list shortly. Thanks again folks!

List of Entrants

Sign Up Sale Rules, Please Read!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Do You Live in Hong Kong or Singapore? Also, Postage Rate Changes

Hi Folks,

Just a quick note...paypal shipping labels have changed and I'm having trouble with certain Asian cities...if you live in Hong Kong, Singapore or Taiwan please take a moment and go into your paypal account and make an address change.

The problem is that those cities are also considered countries. You need to make sure that you put down for example, Hong Kong, as BOTH your country AND your city. Otherwise, the paypal software does not allow me to edit your address and add your city. In other words, there is no city address field to which to add the correct city and so the software rejects it and I end up having to tediously create the mailing labels by hand.

Also, I just noticed today that the postal rates (including US) have changed across the board. New International Priority Mail rates are as follows:

Most International: $29-31
Canada: $23

I know there are a bunch of folks using remailing services in the US so that they can pay the US shipping rate. I am not sure exactly how that works but it is definitely worth looking into if you buy a lot of stuff from the USA. Maybe someone can chime in here and let us all know how those services work.

Thanks for bearing with me! 


Plain Hangman 2.0

Hi Everyone!

It's a bright and sunny week here in Massachusetts, although seasonably chilly. Certainly there are no complaints here though, this winter has been very mild compared to the brutal temps we had last year. And it's looking like the big storm that is bearing down on the mid Atlantic states will miss us. We'll take it.

Not too much new to report with projects. I'm slowly working on a few things and will try to get at least one batch of steel items out to heat treat this month. More will follow next month too.

Today I have the rest of the Krinkle Titanium Hangman 2.0 batch done. These are the plain ones, without anodizing. They will run the same as the previous ones, $65 plus shipping. The batch is fairly small so it will be one per customer on them as usual. Thanks for stopping by folks, and I hope everyone is having a great week!

Hangmen are gone for now, thank you as always!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hangman 2.0

Well, Happy 2016 Everyone!

I hope the New Year is treating you well. Mine started off a bit rocky with a nasty stomach bug but I'm long past that now and settling back into a nice work routine this week.

I still have a pile of projects left unfinished from last year and I will be working on those over the winter as well as a few new items. Those 3v steel Mini Wedgies (same thick stock as the T-Wrexes) are still lying on the shelf taunting me and I will have to start grinding those pretty soon. I still have a batch of Tombstones that need grinding and milling and hope to get them going in the next month or two as well as 3v steel P10 Metric Prybabies.

Then there are some brand new items. A newly redesigned and updated Termite in Krinkle Titanium is already cut and on the bench as well as two more textured ti tools on paper. There are a couple more bead variations coming as well. And for those fans of stamped and textured items, something completely new and different will be forthcoming later this winter if I can get it all working to my satisfaction.

Today I have the first wave of new Hangman tools. These little hooks have been one of my most popular offerings in the past year or so and for very good reason. They not only look cool but they are so handy to suspend your keys from the inside edge of your pocket. I hate having my keys and tools bunched up at the bottom of my pocket and have grown rather fond of keeping them tucked up towards the inside where they almost disappear into the crease of my leg.

You cannot imagine how many variations of this tool I have played with over the past three years. I tested sample after sample, at least a dozen, before finally settling on the existing design. So when I set out to update it I tried yet again to make a larger and more complicated configuration and finally concluded that you just can't beat small, strong and simple.

The new Hangman is made of thick Krinkle textured titanium so is more robust than the first version and of course they look fantastic as well. I added a little extra length at the bottom and ground a small pry tip, but they are essentially the same footprint as the originals. These are anodized a wide variety of colors, mostly solids, and there are some rainbows and color fades here and there too. If there are enough left for a second wave I will probably leave them without anodizing for all the plain vanilla fans out there. (You know who you are!)

The new Hangmen will run $65 plus shipping and it will be one per customer on them. The link is below...thanks again for your patience everyone and for making 2015 such a great year for me. Lots of goodies ahead for 2016 so stay tuned!

These are gone for now, thank you as always folks! :)