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Blog Post And Titanium Bargain

Blog Post And Titanium Bargains

Today is just a simple blog post.

If you're looking for an update on products we're currently manufacturing or shipping, then I'll post that in a couple of days.

Some Product Bargains

Below are some products we're either about to run out of (and won't be making for some time) ...or, we're never going to make them again and are end-of-the-line essentially.

IMPORTANT: Use this discount code during checkout: BARGAIN17

Titanium CandyCans™

Titanium Spinning Top (Packaging)

While we're grinding away getting caught up with projects's nice to experiment and try out new things.

We're experimenting with new packaging for some products - and we're doing that with aluminium.

We're hopefully going to be launching some titanium spinning tops soon - and this is the packaging we've made for them:

These containers have cnc machined aluminium end-caps (with o-rings) to go with them. They still need to be finished - which is why they look so raw in the photo above.

We've always had trouble with packaging hopefully these go better than previous packaging has gone.

It has a little bit of an "overkill" feel to it - but, over time, I'm hoping to lower the cost to produce these and we can do more of it.

The other benefit is that you have a nice, solid container to keep forever (as opposed to throwing away yet more packaging).

We'll see how it goes. 🙂

Updates and Titanium Spinning Tops

​Updates and ​Titanium Spinning Tops

​A few project updates and other things for you today...

​If you're waiting for the TiVault, then they are still shipping August. PillPots are on track for September.

The pens/pencils (Click, Bolty, etc.) are still on target for shipping July (will be towards the end most likely as it is almost the beginning of July now).

​The Magnatron knife has started shipping if you're waiting for that (although you would have received a separate update for that if you've bought one) - but they are still coming off the CNC and being finished, assembled, etc. so they are shipping slowly over time (they take a lot of work!).

The Fliptility knife will start shipping very soon - but have not got a specific date yet sorry.

SlideClick Utility Knife Update

​I did a video Update on Kickstarter recently for the SlideClick™ - Titanium Utility Blade Knife Backers.

I thought it was worth showing you this video here as it gives a nice overview of the knife and how it works:

Titanium Spinning Top

​As I mentioned in a previous blog post... we had some "teething troubles" with out new CNC Lathe which prevented us from making particular parts for a few weeks.

We were able to make a few specific products that are simpler in nature. This is one of the reasons we released the TiMags™ - Titanium Magnets recently.

​The initial issues with the CNC Lathe have now been fixed ...but we had already started on some titanium spinning tops - and so we've just finished a run of them just now.

Here's a sneak peak ​photo of them ​part-way through being made:

​TiMags™ - Titanium Magnets (In Stock ...but will likely sell out for a third time)

​We've had a tough time keeping these in stock (I thought they would sell okay ...but I've been hugely surprised at how popular they have been).

We have around ​12 sets available right now as I type this - CLICK HERE to grab yours.


​As I mentioned above, we made these magnets because we had some free time on the new CNC Lathe (while a particular part of the lathe was being fixed). The lathe is fixed now and so we're focusing on other projects. (Although, I do feel somewhat lucky because I've been wanting to make these for YEARS!)

​We won't have the TiMags™ in stock for a while after these sell out I don't think (just a heads-up :-D).

Here's what the first run looking like as I assembled them (I had to stick them all to a huge slab of steel otherwise they would keep attracting to each other ...and could end up in a huge magnetic ball!)...

"Behind The Business"

​I'm going to sound a bit like a "broken record" here (because you've heard me talk about this a few times over the last six months)​. But, I feel the urge to cover it again with you...

​Most people reading this blog post right now are not waiting on any products to be delivered from us.

But, a decent percentage are not only waiting for us to deliver ...but we are delivering very late. Not only that but there is a smaller percentage again who are waiting for multiple late items.

​Not only am I acutely aware of this lateness - all of us here at ​Magnus Headquarters -- Yngvar, Sky and Quentin included -- have it at the forefront of our minds all the time. "Catch up." "Catch up." "Catch up." is our ​core focus every day. That's not an exaggeration - this is our priority.

​But (and there is always a but)...

​I, as the leader of this business, need to ensure we don't end up in a bad place while we continue to catch up (and by "bad" I mean not having enough income to pay our rent, etc.). And so one of my other priorities each month is ensuring we keep sales coming in so we can pay rent, wages, machine repayments, etc.

It is a balancing act.

We (and by that I really me "I") made many mistakes to get us into the position of being behind on so many projects. We have corrected many of these mistakes ...which will help stop us from getting into this position again in the future.

​One of the top things we've changed is to offer no more pre-orders. We aim to have products in stock and have them ready to ship ...and THEN offer them for sale.

We did this with the TiMags™ - Titanium Magnets over the last couple of weeks: Made some, then sold them. Made some more, then sold them. Currently they are sold out.

As I mentioned above about the Titanium Spinning Top ...we're only going to offer them when they are made and ready. If we continue to do this, then we will inevitably catch up​ on the products we are late on.

​We must continue to make and ship products other than the ones we are late on ...because otherwise our rent will not get paid ...machine repayments will not be made ...and the business will slowly cease to be a business (not to make it sound too dramatic :-D).

We have more new ideas and designs than we know what to do with ...and, luckily, we have ​many previous Customers who have not been turned off by our poor history of delivering on time well as new Customers. I truly appreciate this ...and always feel like I'm being given a second chance after screwing-up so badly over the last two years in particular!

We are working our way slowly through catching up - and we will get there!.

I appreciate your continued support and I sincerely want to thank you for hanging in there with us. So THANK YOU! 🙂

Pillpots, Pens, Titanium Magnets and FREE Shipping!

Pillpots, Pens, Titanium Magnets and FREE Shipping!​

​This is an update specifically for if you're waiting for Titanium Pillpots™ or Click Pens or Pencils (including writing sets).

Good and bad news...

If you're waiting for PillPots™, then there is still a significant delay. I have a firm shipping date ...but it's not until September. I am sorry about this. There is nothing I can do to make this faster. You now have a absolutely firm date.

If you're waiting for pens, pencils, writing sets ...then it's a bit better. It will be July (although there is a chance we start shipping a little here and there in June).

Also, I'm going to do a Bolty pen update shortly - but, in the meantime, production is looking to be July also for these.

​We're Offering FREE Shipping For TODAY

​Very quickly... we're offering FREE DHL Express Shipping only RIGHT NOW.

​Usually we part part of the shipping for you (you don't really see it because it kind of happens behind the scenes and I tend not to mention it) ...but we're paying all the shipping for you TODAY

Click here to check out what we have available right now.

Magnatron™ Flipper Knife Update

A video update on the progress of the Magnatron™ Knife...

​I made a video with more details about the making of the blade - here it is as well:


​We're trying to get away from the whole pre-order thing.

It's not working for you and it's not working for us.

We obviously have a number of projects that are late and we need to catch up on those and ship.

The tricky thing is that if we focused 100% of our time and resources on that, then we'd probably have to close the doors (how depressing!). So what we are doing is borrowing a little machining time here and there to keep new products coming out ...and actually have then IN STOCK.

​​We recently had a couple of issues with the new CNC  lathe which has stopped us from done specific types of work. However, we ​were able to continue to make simpler parts ...and so this is why I've finally -- after six years -- made some Titanium Magnets:

​I also made a short video (which is on the order page) and you can see there by clicking here.

​One last thing...

We're offering FREE DHL Express Shipping both the Titanium Magnets and anything else you buy RIGHT NOW (make the most of it!).

Titanium Pens And Knives

Titanium Pens And Knives (and a 50% OFF Deal!)

​A TON of stuff to cover today - so let's jump right in...

Titanium Utility Knife Production

​If you somehow missed out on the Titanium SlideClick™, then you can still get it here right now.

Production has been going really well for that Kickstarter project. Here are some photos of the making of the fixture plates for production:

FOUR aluminium plates machined and ready to be attached to the Kitamura CNC

Plates attached to the CNC.

This is the fixture for Operation #1 of the main body of the SlideClick™.

This is one of the fixtures for the machining of the "slider" part of the SlideClick™

Titanium "V2" Capped Pen (almost 50% OFF - be quick!)

I'll be honest here...

​​On the original version of this Titanium Pen we had issues with some of the caps becoming loose over time (this was a problem we could never quite resolve fully in production ...because it seem to happen in random fashion over a period of months of the life of the pen - but we did always replace or refund whenever a Customer contacted us).

Long story short:

​We created essentially a "V2" version of this pen by milling a groove into the tip and fitted an o-ring ...and it has been working flawlessly since.

Here's what it looks like:

​We had some of the old-style tips (without the o-ring groove) and, because we've just got the new CNC Lathe up and running, we did some quick machining on them so they could be fitted with an o-ring.

These are fresh of the machine this afternoon:

​We're just waiting for the Mont Blanc refills to arrive (yes, we provide only a high quality refill when you order!).

These Titanium Capped Pens are finished and ready to ship once the refills arrive. They should be here this week and so ​we're opening up the ability to order right now. (It's almost 50% off only right now!)

​Magnatron™ Flipper Knives ​In Production

​Made a ton of progress on the Magnatron™ Knife these last two weeks by putting in solid 15 hour days (but the CNC machine has been running up to 20 hours per day it totally outperforms me! 😀 ).

​There is a chance they start shipping tomorrow (oh, and I'll show you ​what we're shipping them in a future post/video ...and you'll be like, "That's awesome - how come no one has done THAT before?!".

Here's some photos of the progress (will provide a video soon):

Part-way through milling (but still a dozen hours to go...)

After milling (the top and right scales are finished ...but the middle and left still have second operation to go)

Many, MANY hours of machining here (quite a few of them overnight on the machine while I wasn't there ...which is very exciting indeed!)

Will talk more about these pocket clips and backspacers and how they're machined in a future post/video).

Scales popped out of the frames and ready to be hand-sanded (there is a ton of hand-sanding in these ...and I'm kind of thinking I didn't charge enough for them).

I currently have a load of parts sanded and ready for tumbling and assembly.

​Quick confession:

I totally did not charge enough for the Magnatron™ Knife as I had no idea how much hand-sanding was involved in each one. I definitely don't regret it ...quite the opposite actually ...I'm super-excited that everyone (hopefully) is going to be VERY pleased with what they receive. 🙂

One last thing...

​I WILL be increasing the price of the Magnatron™ Knife once I get these pre-orders ​finished and shipped (just can't justify the current price when it takes so much machining, sanding, finishing, etc.).

So now is your absolute last chance to get your Magnatron™ for the current low price by clicking here ​RIGHT NOW.

​​​Updates And Magnatron™ Knife Progress

​​Updates And Magnatron™ Knife Progress

​​I'm aiming to email every week with update for various projects I'm running late on.

​Although this whole COVID-19 thing has held us back 5 to 6 weeks here in New Zealand in terms of production ...we were already late as it was (so full blame, of course, lies with me).

​Pens Update

​We've had a lot of ​customers asking for a specific date for when the Bolty™ - Bolt Action Pen will be shipping (and, also the pencil and click pen).

Truthfully, I'm not able to give a specific date yet ...but I promise I will post one as soon as I know. The reason is we're waiting to get the new CNC Lathe up and running (we thought it would be yesterday/today ...but it looks like it will be the beginning of next week).

​Once we get the machine up and running then I'll get a date to you. Right now I'd be totally guessing. If you can hold on just a bit longer (maybe next week or the week after and I'll let you know).

I really appreciate your patience!

The Magnatron™ Knife (Progress)

​Rock solid progress on these ...finally!

Scales, Pocket-Clips and Backspacers coming off nicely on the Magnatron™ Flipper Knife.

​I'm doing a few tweaks to how I'm maching the blade while these are running. So an update on the blade soon.

​Here's ​some shots of the various stages of production...

First up, the water-jet cutting of the "blanks" from 6mm thick titanium sheet:

​A couple of the blanks on the fixtures:

​How the left and right scales look after machining first side machining (or "op 1" as we call it ...short for "operation 1"):

​And here's how they look after op 2:

​And here's a couple of shots of the pocket-clips and backspacers (I only just finished re-designing the layout and machining of them this afternoon ...after screwing-up yesterday and having to throw a bunch away). These turned out as planned though.

Here's after op 1:

​And here's after op 2:

​And that's really all I have for you today.

I gave updates for the other products we are producing in last week's blog post - and so I won't repeat them again here and nothing has changed on those.

Titanium Updates And A Random Personal Project

​Titanium ​Updates And A Random Personal Project

​A few things today...

First up, we are back up and running here at the workshop.

The lockdown here in New Zealand lasted for 5 weeks in total and the country is slowly coming out of it.

Luckily, since we are not customer-facing, we can now get stuck back into production (many businesses are still closed).

​We had some products that were late before this lockdown. And now, of course, 5 weeks on and they are even more late. But, like I said, we're ramping up production again as I type this (actually, we started a few days ago).

​First products I'll cover are the TiVault™ Secure Titanium Cache​, Bolty™ Titanium Pen​ and Titanium PillPots™...

Round Titanium Parts

​The TiVault™, Bolty™ and PillPots™ are all round parts.

​After many years of having my machinist make these parts at his workshop we're able to bring these in-house (like the other ​CNC machining work we do).

We just took delivery of a new CNC lathe on Friday (which has something we've been ​working on for many months).

​In the next few days we should have it up and running and starting to make the first parts.

Here are a couple of photos of getting the machine in and putting it in place:

​The PillPots™, TiVault™ and Bolty™ will mostly be made on this machine.

However, there are some parts of each of these that will be done on the milling machine (i.e. the "key" for the TiVault™, the pocket-clip for the Bolty™, etc.).

Will update again soon on this once we get it up-and-running and making parts!


​The two knives (Magnatron™ / Fliptility™ and Project ZERO™) we're working on will ​be back up and running with starting tomorrow.

I'll give an update on these at the start of next week once we are closer to getting the first parts off the CNC.

Other Projects

​Although we couldn't run production during lockdown ...we still ran a couple of crowdfunding projects.

​One was for a new "V2" version of the TiWallet™ on IndieGoGo​:

​We also launched a Kickstarter project for a new Utility Blade Knife I called the SlideClick™:

The project did amazingly well and shipping is in July. If you missed this project then you can still pre-order here: Titanium SlideClick™ Utility Blade Knife

​​A Non-Titanium Project (...or "How To Get Stuff Done!")

​I'd like to share a personal project with you.

It has nothing to do with titanium or anything like that (so feel free to skip this!).

It's not something I'm working on right now (catching up with late projects is the priority right now) ...but this is something I had made last year.

Basically, it's a journal/notebook that helps you get stuff done. Actually, it doesn't really help you kind of forces you. And, honestly, it is the best thing I've used.

I've seen and tried different journals in the past - but I just could never get them to work for me. Some are to get you "organized" (I don't want to be organized ...I just want to get the stuff done that needs to be done!).

​The layout of it is fairly simple and has developed over time (it's not something I sat down and came up with's evolved over a few years). Over the years I've tried various things. Some worked. Some didn't work. This journal is a combination of things I found that actually worked.

Here's an example of a couple of the pages (there are a few different ones that together make up the journal as a whole):

Now, I'm going to be totally honest here...

I don't use it all the time. Why? Because I am an idiot.

​When I start using it I end up getting a few days worth of work done in about half a day and think, "Man, I can't believe I don't use this every day!!".

​I then use the journal for a few days in a row (sometimes up to a couple of weeks in a row) ...and then I get overconfident and feel like I'm this getting-stuff-done-machine ...and that I don't need the journal any more.

And then, a few weeks later, I'll find myself struggling to get past procrastination and generally being hugely inefficient yet again. And I will again find I'm putting off the "grind work" that I know NEEDS to be done.

I then start using the journal and the whole cycle starts over again.

So, yeah, I'm a totally imperfect human for sure. If I can continue to keep training myself to use what I call the "Grind Journal", then amazing progress is made every day. It already works incredibly well ...I just need to do more of it. 🙂

​Here's the design I made for the outside cover (excuse the slightly beat-up nature of it ...I've been using it a lot :-D)

​I thought I'd share this with you in case it's something you struggle with as well.

Do you struggle with this stuff?

​If there is enough interest I can probably get more made (I crudely printed one myself ...and then had three made as sort of prototypes based on that one).

​They would maybe sell in packs of 3 or 5 or 10 or something like that as the minimum amount is something like 300 of 500 or such (because I only printed three initially ...they were $60 EACH!!). Need to do more numbers to bring that down.

If you're interested I can make a separate blog post and explain how it works (it's really brain-dead simple and nothing "fancy" ...but it's the only thing like this I've used that actually works!).

​Just to be clear...

My personal biggest issue is just getting the "grind work" done every day.

This "Grind Journal" does not organize my life. No lists. Not prioritizing of stuff. No "bullets". None of that stuff has ever worked for me.

It does ONLY TWO THINGS and that's it. What it does is it...

#1 - Forces you to do the work you know needs to be done ...or, in other words, the grind!

#2 - Get ​immediate feedback on any inefficiencies at getting stuff done​ ...and eliminate them ​right away (I routinely learn of an inefficiency one day ...and implement a change the next day so it does not happen again)

​”V2″ Titanium Wallet And NEW Hobby-Blade Knife

​"V2" Titanium Wallet And NEW Hobby-Blade Knife

​A ​few things for you today...

NEW "V2" Titanium Wallet

​This "V2" version is mostly the same as the one we made last year ...expect it functions a lot better (particularly when inserting card back in).

The CNC machining is also a LOT better too.

Oh, and the biggest "complaint" we had about the first version was that, for each wallet size, it could actually hold at least one extra card (i.e. the 9-card wallet could hold at least 10 cards).

It turns out...

Customers generally did not like that (I totally called it wrong here ...because I knew I was designing-in a "little extra room" ...but it was not something people liked about it).

Long story short:

This new Titanium Wallet comes in 4-card, 6-card and 9-card versions ...and they hold exactly that. You will almost certainly not be able to hold any more cards in each wallet than the stated amount.

CLICK HERE to check it out right now.

New Zealand COVID-19 Update

​In the last blog post I talked about how, here in New Zealand, we are in "full lockdown" because of Covid-19.

Time has felt like it's has passed really slowly because it's only been just over 2 weeks of a (minimum) 4-week lockdown for us here.

So, just to confirm... we are not an "essential business" and so we are unable to operate production during this time (online stuff like writing this blog post right now is fine though :-D).

The more I learn and read about this Covid-19 thing... I think most of the world (well, their governments) have had too much of a knee-jerk reaction without thinking enough about the consequences (both short and long-term).

But ...that's not a rabbit-hole I'm going to go down right now. 🙂

​Hobby-Blade Knife

​Here's a new product we've designed... (it's only a CAD model at this stage - but I'm looking for feedback)

​It's an ultra-compact, key-chain size knife which uses a standard #11 hobby blade:​​​

You'll notice it has a sort-of "cap" on it.

This ​cap is not technically necessary as the blade holds itself in.

But the great thing about it is that you can attached either of the two loops to your keychain for totally flexibility in how you use the knife (either attached the knife and pull the cap out ...or attached the cap and pull the main body out).

Also, by enclosing the blade entirely hides the fact that there is any sort of blade in there. Makes it a lot more subtle.

​These are just computer renders we obviously still have have to prototype and test.

​​However, at this stage, I find it can be very useful to ask you for feedback (I've aborted many concepts over the years because of lack of interest in CAD models really is a great time-saver for ALL of us!).


Knives, PillPots and Flashlights

​Knives, PillPots and Flashlights

​Okay, let's get the shameless self-promotion out the way first...

3 Days Left (Titanium "SlideClick™" Knife)

​The SlideClick™ - Utility Blade Knife project on Kickstarter continues to do VERY well.

It will be ending just ​two days from now - so I recommend you check out the project right now (most likely won't be available at the low Kickstarter price again).

​Here's a quick video of one of the Updates I did for the project: (I show you how it works and one of the changes Backers have requested I make...)

Backers are really excited about the mechanism - which I'm excited about too! 😀

The above video shows the mechanism in action.

​To check the project out, then click here right now:


​The Titanium PillPots™ -- particularly the larger ones -- have been selling like hotcakes in the last week since I offered them for sale.

​If you've not yet checked them out, then click here to do so.

​Oh, and these are on with a fairly BIG DISCOUNT as well ...which I'll be removing shortly (so make the most of it!).

Knife Blade (CNC Machining)

​The Magnatron™ Flipper Knife is going well.

​I've proven out almost everything - just wrestling with the blade surface finish.

I'm really against using a traditional knife-grinder. I believe CNC machining can do a superior job ...but, honestly, it is proving trickier than I thought.

Here's inside the machine I'm using:

​Out of interest... this cnc is called a horizontal because -- as you can probably guess -- the spindle is positioned horizontally (as opposed to the more conventional vertical).

Here's the blade progress:

​The clamping is a little rough - but it's just temporary while get this dialed-in.

​The steel being used is RWL34 (I upgraded the steel for ​customers - I was going to go Nitro-V initially).

CLICK HERE to learn more about this knife.

​Is It Time For a Titanium Flashlight?

A couple of years ago I briefly discussed on this blog doing a titanium flashlight.

​Truthfully, I'm not sure what happened to that line of thought - likely just sidetracked with other projects.

But here's the thing...

I think it's time to re-visit this idea for ​three reasons:

#1 - We should (hopefully) be getting a CNC Lathe soon (a must-have machine for doing a flashlight for sure!)

#2 - We're finally getting into a better position in the business (I talked about the issues we've had over the last year or so - ​it's under the heading "Why I've Been Screwing Up So Much"​​ ​).

#3 - ​I want to make a titanium flashlight (yes, purely selfish as always - I just want one!)

​I don't really know much about flashlights and so I'm going to start learning what goes into making one.

The mechanical/titanium bit should not pose any issues ...but it's building out the rest of it that's going to be all new territory.

Long story short:

If you're into flashlights, then I would love to hear any thoughts you have on what is good... bad... ridiculous... must-have... mustn't-have ...nice-to-have get the idea. 🙂

And I think that's all I have for you today.

Titanium + COVID-19 Lockdown

​Titanium ​and ​COVID-19 Lockdown

A few things to cover today...

First up, COVID-19 has become an issue for us - and here's why:

​COVID-19 Update

​Yes, this is yet another COVID-19 update you're hearing (I'm sure you'​re up to your eyeballs with updates from others!).

​​I'll get straight to it:

​Here in New Zealand the entire country ​has just gone into lock down​. Only "essential businesses" can remain open ...which, unfortunately, does not include us. :-/

​All four of us here at Magnus Industries will be self-isolating (along with ​almost the entire country) for what looks like about 4 weeks at this stage.

Essentially this is like hitting a big PAUSE BUTTON for us in terms of production. Sky, who does the customer support, will continue to work from home - so we'll still be answering emails and such.

​We should still be able to ship products if it's something you've ordered and we have in stock (we only have a few products in stock right now - carabiners, HookUp Clips, and one or two other things). Shipping is with DHL Express as usual. ​Packages are arriving as fast as they usually ​do (as far as I can tell at least).

Apart from not being able to run production it will kind of be business-as-usual ​in terms of blog posts and such. We'​ve been prototyping here and there and had ​actually planned to launch one or two Kickstarter projects before we knew about the lock down.

So far we've been able to continue with at least of one these (it launched a few hours ago) - I'll give you a link in just a ​minute.

I hope, whichever country you are in, that you and your family and friends a​re safe and well. This is a fairly unique situation humanity finds itself in. Not so much the virus ...but that such a virus is occurring at a time when everything, on average, has been the best it's ever been (communications, connectivity, medical care, computing power, etc.).

We are very lucky.

Business Continues (well, mostly)

​I briefly mentioned above that I've just launched a Kickstarter a few hours ago.

Strange timing. But thankfully, because of the nature of a Kickstarter, it gets fulfilled once the project ends. So, in a weird sort of way, a Kickstarter is a great thing to be running right now.

​So, the project...

​Like I said the project has just launched and has kind of gone ballistic already!

Usually projects do well - but this ​one was well over 150+ Backers in less than 24 hours...

​The project is for a re-designed Titanium Utility Blade Knife.  I designed and made one last year. A lot of people loved it ...but we also received some "constructive criticism" about it. Not that much - but enough for me to take notice.

This new utility blade knife is essentially re-designed from the ground up (with YOUR feedback in mind). And, so far, it's proving VERY popular - which, honestly, is exciting. 🙂

I've written about all the features on the Titanium Utility Blade Knife project page (CLICK HERE to check it out).

​Although this design is quite similar looking to the knife I designed last year's actually fairly different in terms of how is functions. Again, best to go to the Project Page to learn more about it.

​The PillPots

​Another shameless plug for the Titanium PillPots...

I sent out an email last week for the heavily discounted PillPots (so this is just another heads-up really).

​I'm offering the standard 22mm and 28mm sizes ...but, for the first time in a couple of years, I'm also offering the 36mm and 45mm as well. These are tricky to keep in stock (cost of material and cost to produce are high) and hence these are all pre-order so I can buy the material and make them specifically for you. 🙂

Here's ​a reminder of what the larger (36mm and 45mm) PillPots look like:

​...and I think that's all I have for you today.

​Oh, one last thing...

​I'll probably be doing a few more blogs posts and things like that over the next few weeks because of the lock-down (usually I'm spending time catching up with projects - but there is not too much I can do just now).

Magnatron™ Knife Update And Titanium Belt Buckle

​Magnatron™ Knife Update And Titanium Belt Buckle

​A few things to talk about today (some product updates, a new product and a popular product back in stock).

First up are some Updates:

Project ZERO

Project ZERO is a knife I launched as a pre-order around a year ago now.

It was meant to be a few months to make it. I was absolutely, totally and utterly an idiot in this regard (no surprise there).

I did not realize how difficult it was to make a flipper knife. I have already made a fixed-blade knife and a friction-folder knife (so I was fairly confident). It has been challenging - but I'm almost there.

I've been toiling away in the background - almost every day since the end of last year. We have two machinists here (not including me as I'm not a machinist - but I can get done what I need to get done) they've been working on other projects.

​So there are actually a couple of knives I'm working on at the same time... Project ZERO and the Magnatron™ (I talk more about the Magnatron™ below).

​The blade of project ZERO as well as the internal mechanism and backspacer are very similar to the Magnatron™ knife. I'm kind of working on everything at the same time on both knives.

So, yeah, project ZERO is long-overdue for an Update. I will have one out soon specifically for Project ZERO ...but, in the meantime, the Update below on the Magnatron™ pretty much covers the blade and backspacer of Project ZERO...

Magnatron™ Knife Update

​Yes, the Magnatron™ Knife is late (was meant to be the 12th of February and it's now almost the 12th of March!).

I'll be totally honest with you... the blades have caused me real problems. Way more difficult to make then I had anticipated. The real issue was getting a good finish on the main bevel.

The GOOD news is that I now have it sorted (which is why you're getting an update today).

Unfortunately I used up ALL the Nitro-V material trying to get the blades right. Dozens of blades I went through to get it right!

Actually, I'll mention here that although the Magnatron™ is late and you've not received any updates from me ...I have worked on the Magnatron™ and Project ZERO literally every single day as far back as I can remember (sometime in January without a day where I was not milling).

I wasn't just working on the blade during that time. I took the time to dial-in the scales (a lot easier than the blades). I also designed and milled the backspacer (again, easier than the blade).

I made a couple of pocket-clips ...but they did not turn out as I had hoped (the way I held the part down for the second milling cycle caused them to "lift" and not machine correctly). So that is the last thing I have to do - I worked Sunday getting the CAD/CAM sorted on the pocket clip. I should be able to mill it tomorrow.

So, yeah, running late but almost there on this knife (as well as the Project ZERO knife).

Oh, almost forgot! Remember how I said I used up all the Nitro-V steel during the testing?

Well, the good news about that is I ordered new steel for the Magnatron™ knives (which arrived a couple of weeks ago) ...and I ordered RWL34!

So, yeah, ​the knife is being upgraded to RWL34 steel (it costs a lot more than Nitro-V ...but that's the least I do for ​since this project is so late!).

Here's some photos from this morning:

​Here's a little thing for you to know...

​Although the knife is late in delivering - I'm can honestly say you will be getting a much better knife because of this. While I have been working on the blades ...I have also been tweaking little things here and there across the rest of the knife.

​A few good things to come out of the problems I've encountered along the way (these are things where something went wrong initially ...and the solution was an improvement ​to the knife):

-- RWL34 Steel - I already mentioned this - but I thought it worth highlighting again 🙂

-- The opening mechanism uses a "Floating Detent" (i.e. the ceramic ball is pressed into the blades instead of the lockbar insert). I have found this to be smoother than the traditional way ...and gives a nice, single "click" when the knife is open instead of the double click you hear on other knives

-- The plunge-line has a unique "V" shape (ended up doing this because it looked so much better than the original design)

-- Pocket-clip function (I tried to make the pocket-clip super-thin and it just ended up not functioning very well - I made it a bit thicker and it performs a LOT better!)

​Hopefully this Update helps show you where the Magnatron™ knife is at. Not too far away. 🙂

NEW Titanium Belt Buckle (IN STOCK)

​I'll keep this short...

​I've just put some of these brand new Titanium Belt Buckles up on the website (click here to check them out).

​This buckle is something I've had in my head for years ...but only now taken the time out to finalize the design and make it.

I'm not doing a pre-order on this - just what is available on the website. So when they're gone ...they're gone!

CLICK HERE to check it out.

​Hook-Up Clips

​It's been some time since I last had these in stock:

We have finally done a run of these Titanium HookUp Clips and they are in stock and shipping right now.

...and I think that's all I have for you today. 🙂