Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Elmax PieceMakers!

Hi again my friends!

Well, it was a wonderful holiday weekend here, and now there are some more lovely days ahead for us. It will be getting quite hot this week though and will feel much more like summer for a couple of days. I have planted out most of my garden vegetables and flowers, and all is going well so far.

Today I have something rather special for you! These PieceMaker captive bit knives were cut many years ago, probably almost a decade ago. But I'm finally getting around to finishing the first run...

The first batch of PieceMakers are made of Elmax steel. The broad, big bellied blade is 2 inches in length and they are V ground. Overall length of the knife is 4.25 inches. These are nice slicers and are comfy in the hand while maintaining a fairly small footprint. They also have a ton of utility as you can see, with a captive bit handle and rear pry tip. The large opening in the blade provides an excellent  forward grip point for fine work, and allows for good sheath retention, at the same time allowing the bit to be removed while the knife is sheathed. Of course, you shouldn't use any of the tool functions unless these knives are safely nestled in the sheaths. ;)

The Elmax ones are marked with an "L" on the back side since I didn't have a dedicated identifying stamp for this steel back when I made them. The CPM 154 ones will be coming in a few weeks and those do not have an "L" stamp on the back side, so that is how you can tell them apart. At any rate though, these are sweet little tool knives in either steel and they are shaving sharp!

This first run in Elmax is only four dozen pieces and will be $225, but the larger batch of CPM 154  coming shortly will run slightly less. The Elmax turned out to be quite expensive to make, both in material costs, and also Smith and Wesson had to run a whole special oven cycle for them in the heat treat as this steel has a different schedule than normal CPM steels. But I thought it would be worth trying something different for this one small batch....

The PieceMakers feature my usual wide variety of stamps, and since these were made a very long time ago I only used the older and smaller stamps as there wasn't much open real estate to play with. The entire batch is stamped, and there are no left handed specific knives, although with a V ground blade it doesn't matter so much. 

Thanks for dropping by today and I hope the rest of your week is fantastic!

Sold out, thank you so much!


Monday, May 22, 2023

Jeweled BabySharks!

Hi Everyone,

Hope you had a nice weekend! We're finally getting a glorious spring week here with low humidity and comfortable temperatures. This has been a chilly spring for the most part though, with the weather alternating between rainy stretches or no rain at all. But we're finally in the clear for planting I think, after having a frosty overnight low of 27F just last week! Brrr...

I'm barreling along on my projects. Ti Keytons will be coming very soon as I am nearly done grinding them. I have some slightly larger sized ti MikroStiks coming up and those are ready for stamping and final finishes. Other ti tools are about to be milled, and steel tools will be getting cut next week for the summer months  lineup. And sharpening continues with a few more small fixed blades coming up in the next few days as well.

Today I have the final batch of BabySharks to offer you. These are drilled on the front side like the glow dot ones, but have various gem stone inlays! They are stamped on the back side just as the glow dot series was. The gem stones vary but are all pretty cool...there are beautiful garnets, a few opals, couple of emeralds, rubies, sapphires, amethyst, jade and black MOP. A super cool little addition to these tools and something different for you.

The Jeweled BabySharks will run $195 plus shipping and the link is below. Once again, it is a small batch so one per customer on them please. Thanks for popping by today and I hope your week is starting out great!

Woah, these are all gone, thank you so much folks!


Wednesday, May 10, 2023

BabySharks with Glow Dot

Hi Everyone,

Absolutely lovely week ahead with perfect temperatures and sunny skies. I will take advantage of it and do a few spring painting and touch up chores out on the deck this afternoon. I think last night was the last of the 30f temperatures so some pepper plants will be going into the ground this week too.

So I've decided to cut some steel over the next month and new Prybabies are on the menu. Also new Superbugs and a new Tiny Tim design. In addition, I will be cutting a new Wedgie design in both steel and a special super tough grade of titanium. And the puzzle piece project is proceeding as well in bronze, stainless, brass and zirconium. I also just got finished milling titanium Keytons, so those will be forthcoming in a week or two. So there are lots of cool projects are ahead for the summer and fall.   

Today I have a small batch of fixed blades for you. These BabySharks have a glow dot inlaid on the front side, and are stamped on the back side. Since these were heat treated well over a year ago the stamps are all of the slightly older variety, so no Bigfoots or dinosaurs in this group, but some great images nonetheless. A larger second group of these are coming shortly, but with gorgeous gemstone inlays rather than the glow dots.

BabySharks with glow dots will run $175 plus shipping and it is one per customer on them please. Thanks for checking in today, and hope your week is a pleasant one!

 Gone in a flash, thank you!


Monday, May 08, 2023

Zircuti MikroStiks

Hi Everyone,

I'm back! It's been a cold and rather rainy two weeks here in New England, but the doldrums have finally broken and we are now looking at some warmers days with abundant sunshine for the next week. I am more than ready, and I think I can cautiously start putting some plants in my garden as long as they are covered or hardened off.

I've been quite busy lately doing a serious and long overdue spring cleaning in my shop. I still have lots to do, but at least I made some great inroads on the accumulated junk and disorganization. I also started several new projects and those tools are underway right now. I will have new titanium Tombstones, ti Keytons and a new ti Prybaby design coming up over the next several weeks. I also will be cutting some new steel tools soon, and will probably cut the new Prybabies in steel among other designs still to be decided...I should have some interesting new puzzle stuff coming up shortly too. There are several new tools coming this summer in exotic materials, and I am doing some sharpening right now as well. So tons of cool stuff is coming up, please stay tuned. 

Speaking of exotic materials...Here is a tiny batch of original style MikroStiks in Zirconium Titanium Damascus! These have been stamped and are all quite unique in their anodized colors. There are only a dozen of these little guys today, but there will be other tools coming this summer in similar materials. 

Zircuti MikroStiks will run $85 each plus shipping and it is one per customer on them please. Thank you for checking in today, and I hope you have a great weekend ahead!

Gone in a flash, thank you so much!