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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #60 on: September 06, 2014, 12:09:58 PM »
I am waiting for someone to make a quality knife that stores a bic lighter in the handle. Not like the cheap Rambo knives of the 80's w/ the fishing kits. Just a simple elegant knife and lighter.

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #61 on: September 06, 2014, 01:46:45 PM »
That's not it. It was bigger, more like a fullsize crowbar or such.

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #62 on: September 07, 2014, 12:39:04 AM »
I'm sure I saw a combined tool that was a prybar/crowbar and served as a wrench for several types of screws and faucets. Just can't recall the name and maker. Surely saw it on ebay and amazon.
maybe something like this.
http://www.starlex.fi/verkkokauppa/images/pocketwrench_ii_0512_f6d_0901_5a5.jpg
i have one but i need a rectangular opening for the European style faucets that have the knobs removed




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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #64 on: September 07, 2014, 03:49:03 AM »
maybe something like this.
http://www.starlex.fi/verkkokauppa/images/pocketwrench_ii_0512_f6d_0901_5a5.jpg
i have one but i need a rectangular opening for the European style faucets that have the knobs removed

Perhaps you can draw it and I'll see if I can custom make it for you.

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #66 on: September 08, 2014, 04:11:33 AM »
One of the ancient tools I plan to make can already do most of that, being just one small piece of steel. Will take some more effort to do heavier work with a small tool, of course. But thanks for the idea, Carl. Keep them coming.

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #67 on: October 26, 2015, 01:58:49 PM »
I guess a Roman "dolabra" would be one of the ways to go, maybe scaled down to tomahawk size. It's axe on one side and flat pick on the other. The legionaries carried these tools to build field fortifications.

Remember this? Well, stay tuned, my survival dolabra has one more forging  round ahead and then you'll see it. The dolabra prototype....make sure to buy it! It will be a valued collectible one day :)

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #68 on: October 27, 2015, 03:21:24 PM »
Here it is, rough from the forge, before some fine mods, sharpening and then the final quenching/tempering. I made the axe blade thinner to save on weight, as most of the weight is concentrated to the central eye. It's shaped much like the "trade hatchet" which I consider a good universal axe shape. Since the biggest disadvantage of double-sided tools is losing the chance to hammer with it, unless you do it with the side of the eye. Well, the Romans knew it just as we do, so on some dolabras they added material to the sides and flattened it to enhance the hammering use. I thought that was pretty cool idea and did it as well. The other side of the tool is left more massive on my version, rather a pick/prying tool than mattock. If someone wanted though, on other pieces I can forge the pick side to more flat and wide shape. The shaft eye is left round and slightly tapered to allow using simple shafts made of saplings/branches. When attaching a shaft, put the head on it from the shaft's bottom end, just like current picks are attached.
Let me know what you think and if someone wants it, send me a PM.








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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #69 on: October 27, 2015, 03:55:09 PM »
Wow.  Nice

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #70 on: October 27, 2015, 04:15:21 PM »
NICE!!!  I like the overall shape.  I have a CRKT Kangee and the one thing I'd like to see is a flatter side on the center hole for hammering.  This is awesome!!

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #71 on: October 27, 2015, 04:15:43 PM »
Add a 17th century paracord wrapped handle and that looks like a great tool. :P

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #72 on: October 27, 2015, 04:41:42 PM »
Glad you guys like it. You think it would sell? Shall I make some more? Guess I could sell them for about $40-50 plus postage.

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #73 on: October 27, 2015, 05:42:56 PM »
What's the weight and what is the hole diameter?

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #74 on: October 27, 2015, 10:02:58 PM »
whats the shipping to US?, specifically WA-98110

Also if you need any product research done for Amazon, I can do that...

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #75 on: October 28, 2015, 05:45:42 AM »
With a good heat treat, I'd easily pay $40 or $50 each for 3 of them.     I also do a gear review, I'd be happy to run it through it's paces and give an honest review.  (So it better be good LOL).

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #76 on: October 29, 2015, 01:42:40 PM »
Sorry it's taking so long, I had to cut some firewood and such. The dolabra has the edges and hammerinf flats filed, now it only needs good heat treatment done and it's ready for action.
I'll check the weight when I can.
Shipping to the US would be $23 (tracked, insured).

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #77 on: October 29, 2015, 02:03:05 PM »
Knecht-

Something I'm considering making myself. But I know your metal work is superior to mine so I thought I'd toss it your way. As an EDC pocket clip I see a lot of use from keys to multitools. And being so little, it's a good "turn and burn" project that could hold a good profit margin in the right market.

Like I say, given some time I'll be making my own for sure. I definitely want one for my current EDC SAK "Outrider" model so it hangs correctly from my jeans pocket. After I make mine I'll see if I can get a market. Maybe you'll beat me to the punch  ;) .

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #78 on: October 29, 2015, 02:33:24 PM »
Quote from: David in MN link=topic=51456.msg659585#msg659585 date
I definitely want one for my current EDC SAK "Outrider" model so it hangs correctly from my jeans pocket.

So you're EDCing the big SAK, after all?  Update the other thread, I'm curious what changed your mind.

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #79 on: October 29, 2015, 05:08:42 PM »
Knecht-

Something I'm considering making myself. But I know your metal work is superior to mine so I thought I'd toss it your way. As an EDC pocket clip I see a lot of use from keys to multitools. And being so little, it's a good "turn and burn" project that could hold a good profit margin in the right market.

Like I say, given some time I'll be making my own for sure. I definitely want one for my current EDC SAK "Outrider" model so it hangs correctly from my jeans pocket. After I make mine I'll see if I can get a market. Maybe you'll beat me to the punch  ;) .

https://www.bestmadeco.com/products/brass-keyhook-keychain?taxon_id=973

No problem, I can make such clip easily. Either forge it of iron, or have it cast of bronze, but that would cost much more. I could surely forge it for less than what they offer there.
Not sure if I would want to use it myself though, as it seems too easy to get unhooked and your item is either lost, or falls back to the pocket like the clip was never there. Perhaps if it was more closed?

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #80 on: October 30, 2015, 05:23:47 PM »
Here it is! Heat treated, sharpened. I'll give it some basic testing tomorrow, to see how the edge holds up.
I used a 12ga shell for size comparison, as many members are likely not too familiar with my usual 5cm metric scale.




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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #81 on: October 31, 2015, 03:37:06 AM »
Get it to FIRE 12 gauge and you have a tool for all needs.... :o

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #82 on: October 31, 2015, 06:26:36 AM »
You can always use a 12ga barrel as shaft....:)

So anyway, it's for sale. $45 for the tool, $23 international shipping CZ-US. That's for insured and trackable shipment. Some other stuff could still be added to the package, as that price is for 1kg. The dolabra weighs 643g (22,6oz). So I can add a forged knife, fire strikers, etc.
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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #83 on: November 01, 2015, 08:46:18 PM »
What, too much?

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #84 on: November 01, 2015, 09:22:06 PM »
What, too much?

I would get one,but my 'woods' days appear limited now....very limited. :'(

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #85 on: November 02, 2015, 05:25:24 AM »
I will be ordering at least 1 if not 2 or 3, but it won't be until after Christmas.   Just have to many other things that require my funding right now. 

And the $45 price is VERY reasonable!   

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #86 on: November 03, 2015, 09:02:23 AM »
You can have it reserved if you like...

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #87 on: November 03, 2015, 11:17:19 AM »
I'm planning on getting one, but money is a little tight right now with the holidays coming and a few fall projects that need buttoning up.  It might be late winter or early spring before I get around to it.

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #88 on: January 17, 2016, 09:02:45 AM »
I realized I still have the dolabra tool. Anyone actualy wants to buy it here, before it goes to ebay?

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Re: Help me designing new tools for EDC/Survival
« Reply #89 on: January 17, 2016, 09:11:45 AM »
What about a steel kit, in a pouch of some kind (nylon even), along with a flint stone and tinder bag?



They look pretty easy to make on a forge, but my thing was cooking tools and nails, so I never got around to making one of these.

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