escher7 wrote:In terms of strength and resilience, for my money there is no pick even close to the Southord Max. They use 301 with a high yield temper giving a tensile strength of 270,000 psi (Peterson claims 280,000 psi), but more importantly they cut the steel using EDM (electric discharge machining), a process that does not disturb the structure or hardness as other processes do. They are expensive ($11.95), but have a lifetime guarantee. I have posted this picture before, but it speaks for itself:
Aren't the Peterson and Southord Max different thicknesses as well?
Please correct me if I am wrong:
Peterson Classic picks = .025"
Southord Max - gray handles = .031"
So, I assume if Peterson made a .031" thick version it would have a better chance at meeting/exceeding the dead weight holding capacity of the gray handled Southord Max in your photo. If they started making them I would love to try a few of these monster sized .032" thick Peterson's.
edit - corrected thickness of Southord Max