Urban Titanium And The Trouble With Women…

I’ll get to the “Urban” titanium part in just a minute…

But before I do – I’d like to share a quick story with you (feel free to skip over this next bit).

If you’ve read the last few blog posts I’ve written, then you’ll understand I’ve recently discovered (at the ripe old age of 32) I know absolutely nothing.

Someone said to me in the comments it’s called “maturity”. Maybe. I certainly don’t feel mature.

Anyway, here’s what this is about:

Just as I’ve been discovering I know nothing about everything. I’ve also discovered how much of an UNFAIR ADVANTAGE women have again us guys (or at least me!).

Here’s what happened…

I friend of mine asked if I would like help buying “house stuff”. Well, more specifically, bed sheets and such (because it’s getting into winter here in New Zealand and the houses here have no insulation whatsoever). It gets damn cold and there’s not much you can do about it.

I’m wandering around this shop with my friend and she’s asking me questions like, “Do you have one of these *pointing at some sort of blanket* already?” and “Do you have any of these *pointing at some other blankety-looking things*?”

I’m just nodding and agreeing and, to be honest, just wanting to get out the shop.

It’s all a blur…

Suddenly find myself outside with a trolley full of stuff and a significant dent in my bank account.

And I’m just standing there in a daze wondering, “what the hell just happened?!”

I wanted a blanket… maybe two …and come out with half the store!

How do women do it?

What Jedi-Mind-Tricks do they use to make this kind of stuff happen?

The only thing I can come up with is… they simply have some sort of unfair advantage against us (or maybe it’s just me?).


Let’s talk titanium!

Personally I’m not a big user of prybars. Yes, I’ve made one (and it’s been ridiculously popular at that). And I’ve almost finished another (coming soon…).

And I think one of the reasons is that they are generally a little large for what I like to carry.

So, just as an experiment, I made a super-small pry-bar for “urban” use (i.e. it’s super-small enough to carry on you keychain all the time).

I think it looks pretty smart.

Not sure if there will be much interest. But, as always, if there is enough interest… then I’ll make it for you. 🙂

Oh, one more thing…

The size of it. I forgot to put something next to it to show you the scale. But it’s around 55mm (2″) in length. It’s pretty much the same size dimensions as the HangKey in my recent Kickstarter Project here.




  • John says:

    A little advice ; stay away from women, they’re nothing but trouble.

  • Oh, just in case anyone gets the wrong idea about the story above (because I may not have got my point across very well)…

    My issue is with my own (significant) lack of social skills.

    I’m truly in awe of how mind-bogglingy good women are at anything and everything people-related.

    I feel like a dodo. 😀

  • Steven Landau says:

    I like the 2″ prybar concept, and I do like the “keychain hole” at the end…but I think the rest must be solid as many times you strike a prybar on the end with, let’s say a hammer, and I’d assume that force could potentially cause the prybar to deform or expand along the slot.

    Just my humble opinion…

    …and for your reading enjoyment:

    “A crowbar (USA), wrecking bar, pry bar, or prybar (UK), pinch-bar or sometimes a prise bar, prisebar, and more informally a jimmy, jimmy bar, jemmy or PikiPiki or gooseneck is a tool consisting of a metal bar with a single curved end and flattened points, often with a small fissure on one or both ends for removing nails. In Ireland and Australia, “crowbar” may occasionally be used loosely for this tool, but may also be used to mean a larger straighter tool (see digging bar). The term jemmy or jimmy most often refers to the tool when used for burglary; crowbars are also used to break blasted rocks and to remove loose rock on roof sides and the working face”

    “A spud bar is a long, straight metal bar used as a hand tool to deliver blows to break up and loosen hard materials (e.g., soil, rocks, concrete, ice) or as a lever to move objects. They are known by various names, depending on locale, structural features, and intended purpose. In British English a spud bar may be referred to as a crowbar, pry bar,[see above] or just bar. In North America they are known by various names including digging bar, slate bar, shale bar, pinch point bar, and San Angelo bar. In Russian, it is typically called a “lom” (лом).” (Wikipedia)

    William Shakespeare used the term iron crow in many places, including his play Romeo and Juliet, Act 5, Scene 2:

    Get me an iron crow and bring it straight
    Unto my cell.

  • Steven Landau says:

    I guess I’m saying…your PryMal prybar is already perfect.

  • Vince says:

    Man, this looks much better than your PryMal and I’ve just ordered one a week ago 🙁

    Much prefer the clean and simple look this has, no idea on grip performance, but either way. Please don’t make this, or I may be forced to throw my wallet at you. Metals have the same effect on me that women apparently have on you and your wallet 🙂

    I jest, keep up the great work and designs! Looking forward to what else you come up with!

  • Christina says:

    I am wondering if it isn’t too similar to a screwdriver head in size? (the prying end) Also, I love the grooves on my tweezers that you created – possibly putting such grooves on this would help with preventing one’s grip from slipping on it when in use?

    • This could be done… but the problem is that you almost certainly wouldn’t get the leverage to screw/unscrew what you needed to (unless you could use the rest of your keychain as the “handle”)

  • Christina says:

    I didn’t think of this being struck with a hammer on the rear end piece. In that case it would likely benefit from a flattened rear end where the hammer would strike. JMHO

  • Amosqq says:

    Please… make one for me1

  • Michael says:

    Is this how much you changed the design I sent you or is this something different?

  • Michael says:

    i would buy one at the right price point, might also be handy as a box opener, would defiantly open key ring things to get a car key on!

  • Jason says:

    I’d back that or buy it if you made it. It is just the right size for all the fiddly things…..looks like it could be a screwdriver as well.

  • Balllsy says:

    Like Steven has said, I think you’ve already got it spot on with the prymal. Make it too small and leverage is compromised too much.

  • Stephen says:

    I’ve been carrying the Prymal every day for the last few months and it is pretty much the perfect shape/size, even if the only job you have for it today is as something to fiddle with. I can’t see myself wanting this one as well.

    As for the Jedi mind-tricks: I thought that was what you were using on us every time we visit your website…

    • I prefer the word “persuasion” 😀 (…and I only do this to help everyone out. I don’t want to live with the guilt of knowing I didn’t do everything I could to improve the lives of others with what I make. True story.)

  • Oliver says:

    Make it. I want one.

  • Joe w says:

    You must learn the ways of the force Magnus Skywalker and learn how to initiate temporary deafness and quick walking ability.

    I’m more of a fan of the Prymal than this, I would feel like the leverage would be compromised due to it’s short length, as others have mentioned. It looks nice though

  • Bob Lukach says:

    All I can say Magnus is if you make it, they will buy it! Your past successes have proven that. Please make this pry bar, as I see the sales already lined up here.

  • Al Eisen says:

    The Prymal that I already have has proven itself in ways that I will not discuss. (I promised my plumber. Now he has his own.) This looks much cooler but I doubt that it will be up to my needs. Think Semi vs motorbike. On the other hand, it does look perfect for gifts. Your usual boxes are fine for gift boxes. I was going to comment on wall insulation but I guess that that was why you got suckered. Thinking with the wrong head again.

  • John says:

    I agree with Steven Landau’s observation (June 2, 2015 at 11:57 am)

    …I like the “keychain/lanyard hole” at the end…but I think the rest must be solid. When you strike a prybar on the end with a hammer the force would potentially cause the prybar to deform and expand along the slot. It would become useless as a wedge/pry….

    Shallow grooves my be a useful design feature for ergonomic and use as wedge/pry…

    Just another opinion…

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