Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Plain Titanium Tombstones!

Hi Everyone,

It's been a warm and steamy week up here in the Northeast, as I am sure it is in most of the country right now. This has been quite the summer so far... Last weekend we had 6 inches of rain in just a few short hours which did a lot of damage to local roads, and indeed a few are going to be closed for the foreseeable future. Farmers in low lying areas near the rivers and creeks are having an awful time and a lot of crops have been ruined from flooding. Meanwhile we keep getting dumped on, and pretty much the only things happy are the slugs in my garden, and the mushrooms which seem to be popping up everywhere throughout the forest.

I'm slowly picking away at projects. It seems like machine maintenance is endless, especially with tumbling equipment and other finishing tools. But, I am making good progress and I should be well set up for the rest of the year now. Tool batches are moving along despite the disruptions, and I have a nice batch of titanium Count Sporkulas that are well underway and will be coming soon. Ti Prybabies are on the bench and are next up for grinding. I should have some new titanium Wedgie tools ready for grinding soon. Steel MiniBars are still sitting on the bench where they have been waiting patiently for months and I need to tackle the grinding on those next week. And I'm testing yet another Wedgie variation to hopefully have cut in steel this summer.

Today I have a big batch of titanium Tombstones done! I decided to give stamps and anodizing a break for these and so all you plain vanilla fans should be pleased to see some old school style tools. :) 

These Tombstones have a lovely buttery smooth finish on them and feature a small SAE wrench set, broad pry tip with V notch and cap lifter. I'm pretty sure I made most of the originals years ago without the V notch, so this is an upgrade to the older design, plus the cap lifter arm is more robust. A sweet little tool with plenty of function...I will have a second wave of these with stamps and anodizing in a few days. And there are some lefthanded Tombstones here if anyone wishes to email me and request one.

Plain Ti Tombstones will run $60 plus shipping and the link is below. Thanks for popping in today, and I hope you're staying cool this summer!

All gone, thank you everyone!


Monday, July 17, 2023

Titanium MikroSpikes!

Hi Everyone,

Well, it's a hot and steamy morning here in New England. We have been having crazy amounts of monsoon type thunderstorms here for the past two weeks and it has been very hot as well. The combination has caused a lot of flooding in some areas although I am up in the hills and away from streams so have not been in any danger. But it's been ugly. I think we got 4 inches of rain just yesterday and might get another 1/2 inch tomorrow. At least the slugs are liking it, much to the chagrin of my garden plants.

I've been quite busy in the garden lately, installing a bunch of deer fencing and building up some beds. It's nice to do some work in the shop then take a break and putter around in the garden in between the rain storms. This week I will be harvesting a few veggies and finishing some tool batches at the same time, so it's feeling like a very productive period.

Last week I got steel Mini Superbugs and steel Tiny Tims with pry tips prepped out and they will now get milled. So I should be getting those finished around mid August. In the meantime I have titanium Tombstones on the bench right now and am about halfway into grinding them. Full sized Ti Prybabies are in the wings and will be up next after those. A batch of 3V steel Prybabies awaits further prep steps and those will be coming in the fall. I have a few Zircuti MikroSpikes coming up shortly, and then a larger batch will be on the way in a month or two....and I have some new tumbling equipment so have been playing around with new finishes as well for all my tools.

Today I have a batch of Titanium MikroSpikes for you. These are similar to the previous MikroStiks, but are about 50% larger, so they feel great in the hand and are up for bigger tasks. The MikroSpikes are a great tool for light prying and cleaning duty as well as making an excellent marlin spike for rope and knot work. They have my usual wide variety of crazy stamps and wild contrast anodizing on them, and the finish is buttery smooth. I do have a handful of plain ones also if anyone wants to email me for them.

Titanium MikroSpikes will run $60 plus shipping and the link is below. Thanks for popping in today and I hope you're staying cool this week!

All gone, thank you!