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femurat

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Post Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:45 pm

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Here is a set I made for a fellow picker: bicycle spoke and wiper insert tension wrenches, hook and half diamond "Gillette" picks made with street cleaning bristles.

Cheers :)

ps: Hey rerun12, sorry for the late reply, I usually trade one pick for one lock, pm me if you have a nice padlock to offer me :razz:
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Post Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:21 am

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Here are two picks I made for two friends...

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Post Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:48 pm

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lol... still love the way you use those Gillettes for handles!

Nice array of tensors. And, that hook looks deadly... and solid.
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Post Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:20 am

Re: some of my picks

Have alway's liked your handle idea, i bet it has good feedbak, did you heat the spokes up before bending ?
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Post Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:55 am

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Thanks for the compliments guys :)

Yes those handles have a great feedback. The thing I like the most is their lightweight. You can really feel the pin weight when passing under it.
To shape the picks I use a wet grinder, so the metal keeps its original temper and strength.

About bending the spoke, but this is true even with other materials, I don't heat the metal at all. I start to bend and after almost 30 degrees I move the pliers half a mm away from the bend. I bend another 30 degrees and then move the pliers again and then finish the 90 degree bend. This way there isn't a single stress point to develop a crack in because the 90 degree bent is distributed in a wider area than if I make it all in one bend without moving my pliers. Thanks to raimundo for giving me this suggestion many years ago.

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Post Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:06 am

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When I first saw the bamboo handle on Femurat's original pick a few years ago, I thought that it looked uncomfortable and would be hard to pick with.

Then we met at LockCon 2013 and I saw it in person, and Femurat - nice to meet you mate, and was sure that it would be hard to pick with.
Then on the Sunday in the Dutch Open picking competition Femurat with his bamboo handles pick, scored higher than me.
I am sorry to your pick Femurat, I am sure now that he is comfortable.
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Post Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:33 am

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Hey LockSafe, nice to meet you too.

Well the fact that I scored higher than you doesn't mean that my handle is more comfortable than yours... but at least means that it works! IMHO it's very comfortable but everyone has his own preferences. It depends on your picking technique also.

If you're into making things I suggest you to try and make one yourself. When you use a pick you made, the satisfaction doubles!

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Post Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:45 pm

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I have made a few picks over the years mate.
Including a complete commercial set, I thought you had seen them.
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Post Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:34 pm

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You mean the huge set I saw on a round table close to the hostel entrance? lol
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Post Mon May 16, 2016 9:50 am

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I eyeball the size and shape of the picks I make, so every one is unique. I have my favorite pick and I decided to make a copy of it. Of course it's not exactly like its elder brother, but it reckon it very much. Here they are, the bigger one is the oldest.

Shaped, sanded and polished

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Fitted to its handle

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After fire hardening the color is darker

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There's nothing like making a pick on a Sunday morning 8)

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Post Tue May 17, 2016 12:22 am

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Nice! Are you primarily a half diamond user?
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Post Tue May 17, 2016 5:02 am

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Thanks :) I use almost exclusively half diamonds. I make and have other picks, but half diamonds work better IMHO.

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Post Tue May 17, 2016 10:43 pm

Re: some of my picks

Those look great. For a long time I didn't think all too much of the half-diamond...
but they're powerful picks! It really took me some time to be able to fully utilize
them though. I think they take more practice than some of the other designs.
But I'd urge people to give it a thorough try. I regret not using 'em for so long.

Also, the way you have the pick off-set from the center of the handle; I could
see that maybe being helpful. I mean, it would make it so you're not entirely
in front of the keyway. Yeah? No? Anyway, they look like killers! Nice job!
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Post Wed May 18, 2016 7:33 am

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Oldfast, now that you mention that the pick is off-centre, I'll tell you why. The bamboo is D shaped so to me the pick had to sits against the flat side. At first I was not very happy about it, but suddenly realized it works very well for my technique: lifting the pins by rotating the pick. It's super easy to follow the paracentric keyways this way. The pick is a bit off centre, so it travels exactly along the keyway curve. I'll call it a fortunate coincidence.

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Post Sat May 21, 2016 3:41 am

Re: some of my picks

Right?! That works out perfect!

Also, I see just a little bit of a glare at the base of the shaft...
is that some type of glue in there or did you simply wedge it tight?
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