Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Titanium PryDaddies!

Hi Folks,

Hope you're having a great week and preparing for the holidays! The end of the year is certainly coming up quick and the shortest days are now upon us. I'm always happier when the days are starting to get longer rather than shorter...we have a little snow on the ground right now but might lose a lot of it before the Christmas weekend as it is supposed to rain hard and go up to the 50's on Friday.

As usual I probably won't get all the stuff done that I wanted to before the end of the year. Oh well, that's what they made January for I reckon... I have a small batch of steel PryDaddies in progress that I need to grind and stamp before sending to heat treat. Some rather exotic small tools will be coming up in January as well. And I still have some more BabySharks to finish up. I have a couple of sheets of steel left that I bought earlier this year and am contemplating what to cut for next year, so I will be reviewing drawings soon. And I will be looking into making some new Mini beads this winter too.

Today I have a big batch of the new Titanium PryDaddies done. These 3.2" long compact tools recombine several familiar elements from past designs and put them all into one place. A sort of Grand Unified Theory of pocket tools. We have a full width pry tip with V notch, 5/16 wrench/cap lifter, 1/4 inch drive opening which doubles as a lanyard hole, and rear screwdriver/pry tip. In addition I engraved a small 1 inch scale on the front side and 3cm scale on the back side. Plenty of aggressive side grip areas complete this nice new design and give it a great feel in the hand. As mentioned above, I did cut a small batch of steel ones as well, so those will be coming in a month or two, and I may very well cut some more of these next year.

The PryDaddies have my usual wide variety of rare and custom stamps, and I gave them my elaborate multiple pass contrast anodized finishes. Some have name stamp on the front side, and some have the name stamp on the back side. I also have a handful of plain ones without the decorative stamps and without the anodized colors, so if anyone prefers pure vanilla, just email dedicated lefties this time around as these were already a bit complicated to make and my brain got full! 

Titanium PryDaddies will run $85 plus shipping and the link is below. Thanks for dropping in today, and hope you have a great holiday week ahead!

All gone, thank you very much, and safe travels this season if you're out and about!


Friday, December 09, 2022

Titanium Fleas

Hi Folks,

Well, it's a beauty out there today, sun is blazing, but it's definitely starting to turn a bit cooler. Looks like we're due for an inch or two of snow next week, and this time it just might start to stick around.

I just got done milling the PryDaddy tools, so now I can do a little light grinding and start the many final finishing processes. I know what I'll be doing all this weekend! I will have some of the titanium ones ready for next week, although the steel ones will have to go to heat treat. Not sure yet how the other tools will shape up, but I would love to get a few more batches done by next week.

Today I have another batch of titanium Fleas done. These little guys have such an appealing simple shape to them and don't take up much room on your keys. They have a wide range of anodized colors and stamps. I do have some plain ones though without stamps or coloring. There are some lefties here as well with stamps and coloring.

Titanium Fleas will run $70 plus shipping.

All gone, thank you so much everyone and have a great weekend!  



Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Steel BarClaws!

Hi Everyone,

It's a gray and gloomy one here today, with a light rain falling. Typical for this time of year, and soon to be snow by next week I am sure. We're definitely in meteorological winter, even though the calendar says a couple more weeks to go before actual winter starts.

We're heading into the home stretch for this year. I hope to get going on the PryDaddy project for next week, and StirCrazy kitchen tools will be coming before the holidays too hopefully. Stay tuned for more info as soon as I get them closer to completion. I also have some small tool batches to get to over the next couple weeks as well.

Today I have something new for you. My tree guy asked me for a heavy duty scraper and pry tool last year. He wanted something for cleaning out the bar groove on his chainsaws and for testing for rotten spots on wood. I examined the crude home made scraper tool he was using and thought I could make something better. I added an offset rear pry tip as well as 7/16 and 1/2" wrench openings to increase the overall usefulness and to lighten the heavy bar a bit. These will be great tools for general renovation and carpentry work as well as woodsman and camping activities.

The BarClaw tools are made of 1/4" thick 17-4 ph hardened stainless steel. They're about 4.25" long and are cut from the same sheet as the previous Wedgie tools. I have my usual wide variety of original design stamps, and there are a few without stamps for those who prefer vanilla. The guys down at S&W must have been feeling feisty when they heat treated these because many have a cool leather like surface texture that shows some extreme first ever "MeltiTool", hehe. :D

BarClaws will run $75 plus shipping and the link is below. Thanks for tuning in today and I hope your holiday season is shaping up to be a good one!

These are all gone, thank you so much!