Tuesday, November 25, 2008

One of a Kind MBOBar

This was an experimental piece. Kinda neat. I used a 1/4" hex head cap screw to give me a driver and a press fit magnet inside the screw to retain the bit. A generous amount of red Loctite and I really cranked the screw in there so it probably will hold up well enough. A neat idea but a lot of work to do so I abandoned the project and went with the Captive Bit Series instead.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

DLC Debut

These were bead blasted before coating with DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) so they have a matte finish. This is my first try at having any of my stuff coated and I am more than pleased with the results. It is very hard and I am quite impressed. A razor blade skates right off it and leaves no scratch....amazing stuff. I think it's safe to say that we will be seeing a bunch of it coming up. I may do the next pieces over a bright stonewashed surface though so it will not be so matted out. Maybe some patterns... ;)

Twisted MSOPThing

Second piece in the series. I made this and the one below about two years ago. Neat stuff but two was kind of enough for the moment. Who knows though, maybe there will be a Twister tool at some point.


I made this early on. I wanted a keyfob that would show off both the cool effects of carbon fiber and my patterning and anodizing on titanium. The piece is a bit beat up but you get the idea...

King Sumo

King of the Sumos. This giant was made of 3/16" thick S30v steel and is one of the largest knives I have made. It's hard to see in the photos but the thing is huge and weighty. Thick rubber cord wrap gives it a very secure grip indeed. Too much fun folks! :)


This one was a blast to make. Massive 1/4" thick 3V steel, chisel ground blade and a twisted center on the handle. I love how it shows the plastic quality of the steel that's been heated to 1800 degrees or so.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Early Prybaby®

When I first started making Prybabies® in the first year of my knifemaking career I was thinking of them as handy tools for my painting and wallpapering business. I needed something to open paint cans, remove electrical switchplates, pry picture hangers out of the wall and pop a beer after work. If someone had told me then that I'd still be making them today I'd have told him to stop sniffing paint fumes. :)

Some of the very first pieces were not intended to be keychain tools at all but rather pocket pieces. Through my exposure to the knife forums and my friendship with the Halperns at Halpern Titanium I discovered the material G10 which makes such nice handle slabs.

But I wanted more utility so I thought why not put a DMT sharpening stone on one side of the handle so you could sharpen your knife in the field and that way the sharpener would always be with you. It was a neat idea except that the folks at DMT got wind of it when I tried to order a bunch of stones without the little flip case that they come with. DMT wasn't happy that I wanted their product for this purpose and who can blame them I guess. They made it quite unpleasant so I gave up after the first batch of thirty.

Pics by Steven Roos.