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I have received my steel prototype of one of my newest designs, the Reaper. The ergonomics on this pry are fantastic and it seems to be created to the form of my hand. I have been torture testing it for the past for days and have pros and cons to the current design.


The pros of the design are the pry feature is fantastic. With a 30 degree edge, it is great to push in between objects as well as scrap surfaces. The bottle opener works easily and is really fun to use. Instead of prying up on the cap like most openers you push down on the pry and use the leverage of the pry to easily open the bottle. The integrated clip works well too and I have been carrying it on my athletic shorts. It's secure but easy to take off to use. I am going to make it a little bigger in order to make it go onto jeans a little easier though. Slight tweak and that is why I prototype. Finally, the box opener and key attachments work as expected.


Now on to the cons. This design started before I created the Executive and it was going to be my first pry with a nail puller. I thought the shape of the pry would work as a hammer claw to take nails out. Unfortunately, it did not work as planned. What I didn't account for was it is difficult to get the claw of the pry underneath the nail head due to the design. I was able to get the nail out but it was too difficult for me to call this aspect of the pry a success. I am going to keep trying to play with the design but may ultimately remove the nail pulling function. Thankfully I have the Executive to meet that need now.

My hope is to have a new design in a few days and move to either another prototype or a small production run. Also, I plan on changing the material to D2. Since I created the Executive with stainless I wanted to try a different material on this one. I would do titanium but I want to have a ~$50 pry and the steel should hold up better with this unique design. As always, let me know what you think.


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I just can't seem to help myself. I am still working on one design but wanted to start another. This time I wanted to try something different. My goal with this is to have it water jet or laser cut from steel and then I would finish the pry myself. This should allow me to make a super affordable pry bar that still is of high quality.

Like most of my designs, I am leaning towards a boxy style with a bunch of functions. I have added a nail puller to the end of the pry (a much-requested feature on the Traveler). Thanks to some input I have a curved edge on one of the sides of the pry which will allow for a variable flathead screwdriver. The other side is going to be sharper to be a nice box or package opener. On the top side of the pry, there will be an opening for a lanyard and a built-in clip. My hope is the built-in clip can also function as a bottle opener (because why not?) but I need to test it in steel first.


I am honestly in love with this design so far and can't wait to try it out. Like always let me know what you think as there is always room for improvement.

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At GondekEDC I feel strongly that you need to continue to build and develop products to grow. I have learned so much so far in the items I have created and I always have an itch to make something new. This specific pry tool I am working on has been on the back burner for a while but its time for it to make its debut.

Nothing fancy yet as I only have plastic prototypes but I am really liking the design so far. I want it to be different enough from the Traveler so I went with this very snakelike shape and design. Unlike almost every other product I make this will not have Benchmade spaced holes for clips. I know its crazy, but for this one, I am building it into the pry tool itself. That also allows it to be used as a key dangler. Another big difference, and a requested feature for the Traveler, is a nail puller on the end. What's great about this design is I can keep a flat edge for scraping but still have the nail puller at the tip of the pry. Still an early design but I really like where it is heading. My current thoughts are to make this one in stainless steel as an economical pry option from GondekEDC and possibly expand into other materials in the future.


What you may notice looking at it is that the shape is similar to one side of the Leatherman Skeletool. Like the Traveler is roughly based on the Bugout, I went with a similar path here. I really enjoy similarities in my tools and it provides a familiar ergonomics to it.


As always, let me know what you think and I am completely open to feedback and ideas. Also, I have no idea what to name this thing. Any thoughts?




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