Monday, September 30, 2019

Titanium Wring Tools

Well Happy Autumn Everyone!

Fall is suddenly in full swing up here in New England. The leaves are changing everywhere, but the temps haven't been cold enough to give us much color yet. So the leaves are mostly brown and tired looking, but here and there you can spy a bright orange and red maple as you drive down the country roads.

I've been working steadily on numerous projects and have also come up with several new drawings recently. So all kinds of stuff will be coming, basically for the next several months and well into the new year.

Today I sat down to create a new sale page and discovered some mysterious website problems. After spending a couple of hours trying to get it straightened out we decided to try a work around for now. So hopefully the sale can work for today...the problem was in uploading image files and so my sale page today and my shopping cart won't have any images, but they should still work properly. At least I hope so, hehe!

Today I have something really cool for you. This is brand new version of a very old tool. Some of you might remember the original Ring Tools that I made many years ago. I decided to revive the concept but added some new twists.

These Wring Tools are made of a special new material. They are titanium, but the titanium I am using is upcycled Armor Plate. It's surplus material from the Department of Defense. I have no idea what the original purpose was, but I'm guessing it was probably from those V bottom shaped armored vehicles that you sometimes see in combat images. Or maybe it was for tanks or something...Anyway, this stuff is crazy TOUGH, and also nearly 1/4" thick. So these tools are a lot more robust than the original ring tool design which were maybe 1/8 or 5/32 thick at the most.

The reason I went with the 12 point wrench interior shape is that not only does it look super cool, but it does allow for a much more forgiving fit range than a plain circular ring shape would. There is leeway for several ring sizes in these.  In order to make the Wring size so that it will fit the broadest range of fingers possible, I settled on 13/16". If you have a full wrench set you can test that size right now and see how these will fit. The next closest size would be 3/4" (which you can also easily test with a wrench at home) but that is a little bit small for a lot of people. So I will skip 3/4" on this design for now. On the next Version Two of the Wring tools I have made a small number of 3/4" Wrings, and those will be available in a few weeks. But today I only have the 13/16 size which I am calling size M/L. The future 3/4" ones will be size Small.

The Wring tools feature a screwdriver/pry tip. The batch is fairly uniform and there are none with stamps. I elected to leave them with a plain finish as this grade of titanium does not anodize quite as brightly as the normal stuff usually does. The Wrings have gotten many hours of tumbling and then hand rubbed finishing to give them a soft buttery feel. There is a slight raw bar texture on them.

These first Wring Tools will run $50 each plus shipping and the link is below. I'll make it a limit of two per customer on them please. Thanks for stopping by today and hope you're all enjoying the last warm days of the year.

All gone for today, thank you so much!



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