Friday, November 30, 2018

Stainless Mini 5 Flute Beads

Hi Folks,

Happy Friday everyone! It's cool and overcast here today, typical for late November weather in the Northeast. At least the few inches of snow that we had last week is almost gone for now. I'm sure it will be back before long but right now it's still good weather for taking some brisk daily walks for our health. I've been on a bit of a health and exercise kick this fall, more on that to come. ;)

I don't have much to report since the previous sale, but will be scrambling this weekend to get some more batches of items finished up. I will try to keep the sales rolling next week so please do stay tuned as I hope to make December a very busy month.

Today I have the remaining stainless steel Mini 5 Flute beads done. These are the same as the ones I released a while back and they have proved to be very popular for tying onto lanyards and zipper pulls. They look great on the plain black cord and will make for a nice stocking stuffer. This batch is good sized but not huge, so I will make it a limit of 4 please, and they will run $30 plus shipping. Thanks for visiting today and I hope you have a great weekend!

Sold Out, thank you so much!


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Titanium Small Fry

Hi Everyone,

Well, I'm finally back. My computer hard drive decided to die the weekend before Thanksgiving. Arrrgh! It took over a week to have it fixed and get everything working properly again with the network. A total pain in the rear that took many hours to deal with and couldn't have happened at a worse time, but luckily most of my files were recovered and now everything is slowly getting back to normal. Man oh man, in some ways this has not been my year I guess, but hopefully there will be smoother sailing ahead.

I'm happy to report that the projects are moving right along again. I am close to finishing the first of the new Count Sporkulas and also the second Count Sporkula batch as well. A third version, Count Forkula, is also on the way and I just finished a fourth drawing last night. They are really cool and fun so stay tuned... Stamped steel Hangman hooks just came back from heat treat yesterday and so far they look great, will have them packaged up in the next day or two. And in my holiday down time I finished up a few bead batches so a whole bunch of those will be coming on very shortly as well. Also aluminum PermaCorks are almost done and hopefully heading to the platers for HAIII anodizing next week.

More new designs are also underway with a cute new mini pry bar in both steel and ti already cut and awaiting me on the work bench. I have a super cute new steel Mini Prybaby design in both SAE and later in metric that will be happening in January-February time frame. Also a few special small run surprises are ahead that are very different and that I think you will heartily enjoy.

Today I finally have the Small Fry tools without bottle openers finished that I cut way back in January. These are made of the same .200 thick titanium as the previous batch and have a rustic heavily textured raw bar finish on the flats. The main pry end with V notch features deeply milled scalloping on either side for a new and different look and they are slightly longer than the previous design at 3 inches long. An additional small boat tail shaped pry tip is tacked onto the end. The large 7/16 twelve point wrench opening doubles as a lanyard hole or key ring attachment point. I elected to leave these plain, without color anodizing, so they will make great user tools, and they have a smooth buttery finish with slight shine...there are a few lefties among these too.

The Small Fries will run $65 each plus shipping and I'll make it a two per customer limit on them please. The purchase link is below... There are still a handful in the polish tumbler this morning so please just drop me a line if you miss these today as there will be a few more available later this week...also a portion of this sale will be going to the local county survival center so hopefully a few folks won't be going hungry this holiday season. Thanks for dropping by today and I hope everyone is staying warm!

All gone, thank you so much!

Friday, November 09, 2018

Stainless PermaCorks: Round Two

Hi Everyone,

Wow, it was a rather late night for me packing up all the E115 tools. Thank you so much for the enthusiastic response to them! Some went out yesterday and the rest are already heading to the PO this morning.

I have a few dozen more of the popular stainless PermaCorks done and thought I would put them up this morning. A second run in HAIII clear hard coat aluminum is well underway and maybe some variations too, so please stay tuned...PermaCorks are $45 plus shipping and the link is below. Thanks again everyone and hope your weekend ahead is excellent!

Sold Out, thank you!

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Element 115 Tools!

Hi Everyone,

Fall is in full swing now up here in the Northeast. The trees are almost all bare, just a few gnarly oaks holding onto their sad brown leaves. It's starting to get cooler too and I think we might have seen our last day in the 50's F for the next six months. Time to bundle up!

I've been busy preparing the house for the winter months but still cranking away on projects in between draining water hoses and raking leaves. Now that most of that domestic stuff is buttoned up and ready to go I will have more time to jump back into shop activities. I'm almost there on the new Count Sporkulas and those will be coming up next, along with various beads. Titanium Small Fries without the opener will finally be coming up later this month as well. And heavily stamped smooth steel Hangman hooks are coming along too.

Today I have the long promised and newly redesigned Element 115 tools done. I first made a small run of these many years ago and always wanted to revisit the design. Features include a stout pry tip/screwdriver and SAE wrench set sizes 1/4-9/16. For this run I decided to go with hefty 3/16 thick CPM 3v steel, which is a fine powder tool steel with tremendous strength and toughness.  Perfect for a pry tool although it is less corrosion resistant than most of the other steels I use. Oil it now and then and embrace the rich patina as it develops from wear and use.

Speaking of patinas, I've given these a head start, with a blackened Vintage Industrial finish, very similar to the recent R37 Rulers. In addition, these tools have a wide variety of Area 51 style grind combinations as well as decorative stamps, so they are quite interesting, and no two are exactly alike. For those who are looking for something unique and a little out of this world, this is it!

The E115s will run $75 each plus shipping and it's not a huge batch, so one per customer on them please. There are a small number of lefties as well...thanks for dropping in today and hope you all are having a good week!

Sold out, thank you everyone!