Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Introducing... the TritTags!

So what do you do when you've developed a craving for a really bright tritium lantern and there are no-one to be found that fits the bill?

Don't get me wrong -there are a lot of really nice lanterns out there, but they were all either very expensive or quite unobtainable due to low production volume and high demand. My solution was to make my own and since I'm no metalworker, I chose one of the coolest manufacturing methods known to man: 3D printing. After posting a picture on the Atwood Toolbook, I discovered that there were a lot of desire for a low-cost, readily available lantern. So I thought I'd share.

TritTags are holders for tritium vials, designed to fit on a split ring to help you locate your items in the dark.

This is my 1st prototype, shown next to a raw bar finished Wrunt from Peter Atwood. I have tweaked the design a bit since this stage, but the format is similar.

I have a few of these out for testing by people I'd call EDC connoisseurs. If they are happy with them, the design will be for sale very shortly.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

TritTag Nano available

I was going to release these after the weekend, but demand from a certain facebook group convinced me to speed up.

Please welcome the TritTag Nano. It's possibly the tiniest EDC tritium lantern on the market at this time, measuring 6.5x8.5x4.0mm. This lantern is for a 1.5x6.0mm tritium vial (also known as "Quantum DD size").

Before you order, please read the installation instructions

Quantity per customer: Buy as many as you want. Please buy many. :)

TritTag Nanos can be ordered here: http://shpws.me/nLyU
Tritium vial not included

Installing tritium vials

Tritium (pron.: /ˈtrɪtiəm/ or /ˈtrɪʃiəm/; symbol T or 3H, also known as hydrogen-3) is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen. The nucleus of tritium (sometimes called a triton) contains one proton and two neutrons, whereas the nucleus of protium (by far the most abundant hydrogen isotope) contains one proton and no neutrons. Naturally occurring tritium is extremely rare on Earth, where trace amounts are formed by the interaction of the atmosphere with cosmic rays. The name of this isotope is formed from the Greek word "tritos" meaning "third".
(from Wikipedia)

Please read the Tritium Illumination article on Wikipedia to understand more about tritium vials. Check if possession of tritium is permitted in your country.