Angels Gate 3″ EDC Knife w/ Kydex Sheath by Jesse Small

Angels Gate 3″ EDC Knife by Jesse Small

Recently Epstein’s has partnered with a number of small US manufacturers to bring you some unique American made products. We released a line of axe, hatchet and hammer collars last week and this week we have a 3″ EDC Knife made and designed by Jesse Small, a local Kansas City sculptor and artist that now lives and works in Los Angeles.

This Angels Gate knife is made out of 100% 304 Stainless Steel. Minimal tanto blade design for easy sharpening. Remove handle plates for a skeletal knife. Sheath still works in its bare bones form. Make a breaker tool from the two handles. Leave the sheath on for a nonlethal self defense/enforcement tool. Breaker in the base is always accessible.

Each knife has its own serial number marked 001-080 and each package comes autographed by Jesse. Most USA custom knives start at $200 to $300. From the beginning it was important to us to be able to offer a knife that most people could afford, which is why we are very happy to be selling this 3″ EDC knife for $58.50. Expect to see more products from Angels Gate, as Jesse has a lot more interesting ideas on the way, mods that you can add on to this knife as well as other sizes and styles.

US Made Top Grain Axe and Hammer Collars

US Made Top Grain Leather Hammer Collar w/ Eyelets & Laces

We’ve always loved buying tools from smaller US manufacturers, but lately we’ve been going one step further and working with them to design new products. Which brings us to The Hammer Collar. We were working on a prototype of an Axe Collar when Ruby (my girlfriend) threw out the idea for making the same kind of guard protection for a hammer.

We sell a lot of wooden handled hammers since a lot of guys prefer them to the all steel hammers that do a number on your elbow. Also hammers seem to be getting more expensive and fancier (Titanium, Hardcore Hammer) so we sent the idea down to Bob (our leatherworker friend in Southern Missouri) and he came up with this sweet but simple design.

All top grain leather, grommets and boot lace. That’s it. This hammer collar protects your wood handle from overstrikes, softening the blow, and simultaneously makes you look cool (and responsible) for taking care of your tools, and undoubtedly the leather will take on a great patina as well. Fits on most hammer handles, and for $5.95, you can protect your hammer, support small US manufacturing and get a new product we think will make your life just a little bit easier. Try it out and let us know what you think. Send us pics after awhile of how it holds up and we’ll be sure to post them online.

US Made Top Grain Leather Axe Collar w/ Eyelets & Laces

And of course we also made the more traditional Axe Collar. You can protect your straight grain fancy axe handle or that axe you found in your dad’s garage that you have a more sentimental attachment to. Fits snuggly around the handle. Pull the laces tight, tie a knot and that’s it. $9.95

DishRex US Made Stainless Steel Dish Rack

US Made Stainless Steel Dish Rack

Long time customer and sculptor Jesse Small designed this gorgeous built-to-withstand-nuclear-war stainless steel dish rack. You could wash your sledge hammers and set them to dry on this thing it’s so well built. Comes in two sizes (Medium & Large) Laser cut from stainless steel plate and then tig welded in 30 places for lifetime durability. The only US made dish rack in existence (as far as we can tell). Pick yours up today and never buy another one as long as you live.

Kant-Twist USA Clamps

Kant-Twist USA Clamps

Just in! New Kant-Twist USA made clamps. From 1″ to 6″. Clamping capacities range from 350 to 2,000 lbs. Features include:

  • Multi-purpose clamps combine the best features of ordinary “C” and parallel clamps.
  • Free-floating jaws adjust to un-parallel surfaces.
  • Will not “walk off-center” when pressure is applied against jaw, because there is no 
    unsupported screw or loose pad.
  • All clamps are of rugged construction.
  • Provides new freedom of movement. Eliminates distorting and twisting action of 
    conventional clamps. Plus, it provides three different gripping surfaces.
  • Copper plated jaws and screws are ideal for welding.
  • Kant-Twist clamps weigh approximately half as much as comparable “C” clamps.
  • ALL CLAMPS CLOSE COMPLETELY.

Dubuque Clamp – USA Woodworking Clamps

With the closure of Pony/Adjustable/Jorgensen, we have been looking around for other options for US made clamps, and so we stumbled upon Dubuque Clamp, a US made wood clamp company so old fashioned they don’t even have a website.

DUBUQUE USA HANDSCREW (MIRO MOOSE) WOOD CLAMP

We carried a few of these hand screw clamps from Pony, and now we have a much larger selection from Dubuque. Comes in 6″, 8″, 10″ and 12″, these Dubuque hand screw clamps (a favorite of wood workers) evenly distributes clamping pressure over the broad width and reach of the jaws.

DUBUQUE (MIRO MOOSE) CAM CLAMP

MIRO·MOOSE cam clamps from Dubuque Clamp Works use a wooden cam, which is designed in such a way that it can exert considerable pressure without risk of damage to the clamp. Designed to be drawn up and tightened with only one hand free. Cork padding on the Maple jaw faces prevents damage to your work and helps keep the clamp from slipping. No-flex spring steel bars provide strength and durability. Comes in a variety of sizes.

DUBUQUE (USA) ALUMINUM BAR CLAMP

Dubuque Aluminum Bar Clamps. Lightweight, extremely rigid, and easy to adjust. Strong extruded bars measure 1-3/8″ x 7/8″ and have side walls nearly 1/8″ thick. Moveable head has a spring clutch for fast adjustment on the notched bar, and the fixed head has a 1/2″ diameter Acme-threaded screw for final tightening, with a large, easy-to-turn wing knob. 1000 lb load rating. Comes in 24″, 36″, 48″ and 72″.

Beckel (Eena) USA Canvas Bags

BECKEL EENA OLIVE DRAB CANVAS POSSIBILITIES BAG

BECKEL EENA OLIVE DRAB CANVAS POSSIBILITIES BAG

Heavy duty 2″ cotton webbing and reinforced with leather.
It’s the largest size allowed as under seat luggage on most airlines.
Details: Measures 18″ x 12″ x 8″ (1728 Cu.in.) 2 lbs.
Comes in Natural Canvas as well.

BECKEL EENA NATURAL CANVAS LARGE NECESSARY BAG

BECKEL EENA NATURAL CANVAS LARGE NECESSARY BAG
D-Rings on both sides with heavy duty zipper.
This is one tough bag.
Great for carrying and organizing your tools.
6″ x 6″ x 12″ (432 Cu. in.) 1/2 lb.

Also comes in a smaller size.

BECKEL EENA OLIVE DRAB CANVAS BRIEFCASE

BECKEL EENA OLIVE DRAB CANVAS BRIEFCASE

Will fit file folders, magazines, books, clipboards as well as your lunch for work everyday.
Has inside pockets and two zippered outside pockets..
Details: Measures 15″ wide x 12″ long x 3″ deep.
Also comes in natural canvas.

BECKEL EENA 15 OZ. OLIVE DRAB CANVAS HANDI BAG>

BECKEL EENA 15 OZ. OLIVE DRAB CANVAS HANDI BAG
Made of 15 oz Canvas
2″ heavy Cotton Webbing and reinforced with leather.
Top is open for that long loaf of bread and has a large inside pocket.
Also comes in a natural canvas.

BECKEL EENA OLIVE DRAB CANVAS WAR BAR

BECKEL EENA OLIVE DRAB CANVAS WAR BAR
11″ x 11″ x 23″ (2783 Cu.in.). 2 lbs.
2″ heavy Cotton Webbing and reinforced with leather.
This is the largest size allowed as carry on luggage on most airlines.
Also comes in natural canvas.

New Tools from Enderes at HJE

If you are not familiar with Enderes, they are a small tool manufacturer that is committed to making great quality US hand tools. We started buying their blacksmithing tools as well as their 6 in 1 screwdrivers.

ENDERES 9

ENDERES 9″ FARIER HORSESHOE PRITCHEL

ENDERES 6

ENDERES 6″ CLINCH CUTTER

ENDERES 14

ENDERES 14″ BLACKSMITH TONGS

ENDERES 14

ENDERES 14″ NAIL CLINCHER

ENDERES 14

ENDERES 14″ HOOF NIPPER

ENDERES 14

ENDERES 14″ HOOF PARER

ENDERES 14

ENDERES 14″ CUTTING NIPPERS

ENDERS 3PCS. NAIL SET

ENDERS 3PCS. NAIL SET

ENDERES 19 1/2

ENDERES 19 1/2″ ROLLER HEAD PRY BAR
ENDERES 16 1/2″ ROLLER HEAD PRY BAR
ENDERES 12″ ROLLER HEAD PRY BAR

ENDERES 9 1/2

ENDERES 9 1/2″ EXTRA THIN MINI FLAT PRY BAR

ENDERES 3 1/2

ENDERES 3 1/2″ BRICK CHISEL

ENDERES STAPLE PULLER FENCEING TOOL & 5/8

ENDERES STAPLE PULLER FENCEING TOOL & 5/8″ CHISEL

A TRIP TO WILDE TOOL CO.


Took a trip yesterday to Wilde Tool and learned a lot about this great family tool company. (Thanks everyone for showing me around!) I got some good video of their manufacturing processes and hopefully will put something together in the next month or so. In the meantime, there’s a lot of pictures to look at, and I scanned in one of their old catalogs from 1958.
 


If you are reading this and thinking, “I’ve never heard of these guys. Whose Wilde?” it’s probably because they do most of their business as a private labeler, so there’s a good chance you’ve used a Wilde tool and didn’t even know it. They make stuff for Craftsman, Snap-On, Armstrong, Proto, Blackhawk and others. Back in the day they made tools for Western Auto and Montgomery Ward, just to name a few.

 


Wilde was started in 1922 right here in Kansas City by two brothers that came up with the idea for angling the nose of a pliers 32 degrees. They took this one idea, invested everything into it, and soon had a whole line of pliers and other tools they were making. They moved the plant to Hiawatha Kansas and have been there ever since.


These guys are dedicated to making professional quality American made tools at an affordable price. Since they’re a small company, they’re very good at streamlining their manufacturing process to reduce cost without sacrificing the quality of their pliers. And they don’t just make pliers. They make punches, chisels, pry bars, all sorts of tools.


Wilde is working on a new website and a lot of exciting new projects, so I’ll keep you updated as they come out. We want to start carrying a lot more from them and will be adding more and more of their tools to our catalog as time goes on.