ripmurph wrote:While I can relate to notion of using the "best" pick for the job, I feel that hook picking is the true tool for picking. I understand and agree that certain picks of other designs can be more efficient, but to learn the feel of the pins with a hook is the true measure of one's picking skills. It may take longer and be quite frustrating, but for me it is the true measure of skill. Let me be clear, I'm not hating on anyone's opinion; I'm just putting in my two cents worth. Whatever it's worth
While I share your preference for the hook, I have to strongly disagree with your assessment of skill based upon pick used. It is a matter of personal preference, Let's say, take for example an offset half diamond, it lies somewhere between a short hook and a half diamond and is a very useful pick for getting around Low-Hi-Low-Hi type situations. Also, a half diamond isn't necessarily used for raking which is what you seem to possibly be implying there with the "efficient" comment, they are very commonly used as you would a hook, they just happen to be shaped different. They are also useful in making a quick first pass assessment of a lock if you're doing a blind pick.
Basically, what I'm saying the true measure of skill is how well one uses their tools, whichever they may be.
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