Sunday, November 28, 2010

"Knife Update"

Well now that the Auction is complete, it's time for a progress report on the Knives.
Finally I was able to complete the Machining on the frames (really I'm done).
These last operations were to add the Lock Bar stabilizer system.
Up next, I need to put the final edges on the blades.
Then the final assembly can begin.
As always Thanks for following, Kenn

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Auction Items"

Here they be kids,
Three items for the high bidder.
From left to right we have:
 One of a kind Standing Red Brass Triple Cube. On this one I milled a flat on one of the corners at a compound angle allowing it to stand. This added feature allows a different view than the regular Cubes.
 Next up is another one of a kind Encapsulator. Made of 6061-T6 Aluminum this was a prototype that didn't make it to production. Notice in the 2nd. picture you can see the lanyard in the cap, hence it's not water tight.
 Lastly we have the Chinese Finger Cuff Cube. This was supposed to come out differently, but the Dolt who wrote the program had the cutter compensation on the wrong side.
The Cube measures .900 square, and is made from Red Brass.
Trust me if you get your finger in there, and try to remove it flesh will be removed. Ask me how I know.... You know you shouldn't do it, but you just have to try it.
Notice the fluting on the funnel walls? This is a result of the feature being machined using a 3/16 diameter carbide ball mill interpolating in 3 axis. It was really cool to watch.
The Auction has ended, and eman had the high bid.
Congratulations John.
To all who participated,
Kenn your auctioneer thanks you.

Friday, November 19, 2010

"JMA Progress Report"

Hello all,
Well this weekend is shot.
I have both of the Machining Centers at the shop full up with  "real"  jobs, so no JMA progress will be made.
That's okay, as I have a full to do list  for around the house before the snow starts to fly.
On another note I've been checking my site meter, and the daily visits here have doubled in the last month.
The usual number of folks stopping by each day was 30 to 40, now I'm seeing 60 to 80.
I'm not sure of the reason for the sudden increase, but thanks for stopping in to check things out.
I hope everyone, and their families have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Edit: I can't believe I neglected to mention that I'm considering an Auction for the Friday into Saturday after Thanksgiving.
I'm planning to include a couple one off "Cubes" as well as a prototype "Encapsulator"
Sound like fun?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

"The BIC Buddy"

Hey there folks,
I had this idea last night, so I went to the shop today to make it reality
"The BIC Buddy" (yeah I know, corny name) is made from Titanium, and features a frame lock to keep your lighter secure.

Serving suggestions include:
Use on a neck lanyard.
Zipper pull.
Key chain accessory.
On your Bug Out Bag.
Plus a multitude of others I can't currently think up.
So, what do you think?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Knife Lock Bar Stabalizer System"

Here we go folks, finally some new knife pictures.
I came to the realization that I needed to add a stabalizer of some sort to the knives.
Here's what I decided on.
I drilled, and reamed a .0620 diameter hole into the frame to accept the .0625 dia. SS dowel pin. I then milled the relief in the lock bar.
I like it, it's simple, effective, and unobtrusive.
Thanks for checking in, Kenn


Saturday, November 6, 2010

"Ti Mini Triple Cubes"

Hey there all,
I have several "Ti Mini Triple Cubes" ready to go.
A full description of these can be found just a few posts down.
Here's what's available from the latest run:
0 Rainbow  !!SOLD!!
0 Green outer cube w/ Purple inner highlights Rainbow !!SOLD!!
0 Gold tint !!SOLD!!
0 Blue !!SOLD!!
0 Green !!SOLD!!
0 Plain bead blast finish !!SOLD!!
0 Purple !!SOLD!!
Price is $30.00 each.
Please Email me at if you'd care to make a purchase.
Don't forget to include your color choice.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

"So What's Going On?"

Hello there folks,
I've been battening down around the house for the impending Winter months.
Had to stack 4 cord of wood in the basement, and another 4 outside on pallets.
Rotate out all the Summer season implements with the Winter ones.
So the last few weekends were full up, and no JMA progress was made.
I do have the knife blades back from heat treat, and will be surface grinding them this Saturday to their final thickness. I bought a Carbidizer, and will be using that to add a thin layer of Tungsten Carbide to the lock faces on the frames. This will make them more wear resistant.
I'm hoping to get to a few more of the Ti Mini Cubes, if time permits as well.
I'd like to say thanks for your patience, and continued interest.