Monday, April 26, 2021

Plain Titanium Ringbabies

Hi Everyone,

Well it's a bright and sunny spring day out there today. It's a bit cool, but much warmer days will be here very soon and that will give us all something new to complain about, hehe...everybody loves pleasant temps in the 70's, including pesky biting black flies who are waking up already.

I've been quite busy over the past two weeks. I put in some marathon grinding, stamping and finishing sessions so several projects are now much closer to the final finish line. I could easily have spent another week trying to wrap some of them up, but I think I ought to take a little break for now. 

Among the projects at hand are Zirconium Superbugs which are ready for heat coloring and final finish. Also, there is a small batch of new GasZilla tools in some leftover titanium I had kicking around. These are a neat little fidget/opener and they just need some anodizing to get them done. I also spent a lot of time on a nifty new steel item which is about to get milled next week. Zirconium R25 tools have just been cut, as well as another small batch of Zr QuickDraws so those will be coming in the summer. 

I realized last week that I had mentioned NOS bike tools awhile back. Those are steel Wheelman tools, not the big captive bit tools from years ago which are all long gone...anyway, as for the steel Wheelman tools, I just found a second box of them so now am undecided whether to finish the first group which is already well along or hold off and try to send them all to heat treat at once. We shall see... 

Today I have some Titanium Ringbabies done. They are very similar to the steel ones I made a couple of years ago, but I made a few tweaks. These are a bit longer, and are without a V notch so they have a broader flat pry tip without interruption. A cool little pry tool, sort of reminds me of a derringer... I decided to leave these with plain hand rubbed stonewashed finish and without stamps or accent grinds for the folks who prefer minimalist tools without embellishments. The other half of this batch is on the bench now awaiting stamping and anodizing so will be coming soon...also, there are a couple of lefties among these today if anyone wants to email me. 

Plain Titanium Ringbabies will run $60 each plus shipping and there is no limit on them. Thank you as always for stopping by today, and I hope everyone is now either in line for their shots or already getting them. I had my first one two weeks ago and am very grateful and relieved!

All gone for today, thank you so much!



Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Zirconium QuickDraws!

Hi Everyone,

It's shaping up to be a glorious spring day here in the Northeast. Sunny skies and supposed to get into the low 60's this afternoon. There are some small tufts of green grass appearing in the lawn and the birds are tweeting up in the trees. It's going to be a nice week here finally.

Not too much to report on projects, but they are ongoing. I need to spend a few days in the shop and see what I can get done later this week...

Today I have Zirconium QuickDraws finished. These came out beautiful! The engraving is very deep and crisp, and they are a deep black in color with low luster sheen. I noticed that the plastic baggies were making some dull spots on a few of them after they sat for a few days, but just give them a quick rub with WD-40 or light oil of any kind that you have lying around and they will immediately go back to a deep satin black.

The Zr QuickDraws have a wide variety of stamps on them, and there are a couple of plain ones with no stamps for anyone who wants to email me. They will run $70 plus shipping and I will make it a limit of two please this time...will be cutting more in a month or two for a second round. Thanks for stopping in today and I hope your spring is shaping up as well!

These are gone for now, thank you so much everyone!



Thursday, April 01, 2021

Titanium Mini Superbugs

Hi Everyone, and Happy Spring!

Well it's a gray and cool April Fool's Day here in New England. But warmer days are clearly on the way for real. This has always been my favorite season of the year. I just love it when the little plants start coming up, the grass begins to green and the sun starts getting stronger.    

Well I've been all kinds of busy this week. I managed to get a lot more prep work done on a variety of projects...Lucky Bronze Medallions are cooking along and they are almost done with milling. These large coin tools will be a lot of fun and something different...I am almost through the Zr QuickDraws and will have them coming up next. Zr Mini Superbugs are almost ready for decorating and a final finish. Titanium Ringbabies are prepped out and ready for milling. Steel Bike tools are prepped and ready to grind. A second long forgotten project will be saved too, details coming soon on the Ruff Kutz Series. And two new projects are slated to be cut next week in Ti and Zr, so there is just a ton of interesting new stuff in the pipeline this year. 

Today I have the Titanium Mini Superbug batch finished. These little guys are adorable. The design is very similar to the original BedBug design from years ago, with an ergonomic pill shaped body that is easy to carry and grip. I incorporated my new style captive bit holder in the bit slot so they are safe and secure but easy to deploy, all while keeping the package as light and compact as possible. The shortened form factor allowed me to add in a cap lifter so the final piece is only slightly bigger than the originals.

The Mini Superbugs are anodized in a wide range of bright contrasting colors and effects. Same with the stamps, a wide variety of  images, mostly single stamps. There are no particular lefty/righty ones here as the tools are symmetrical and I have stamped them in a variety of ways.

Titanium Mini Superbugs will run $65 plus shipping and there is no limit on them. Thanks for dropping by today and hope your weekend ahead is excellent!

Sold out, thank you everyone!