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Post Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:59 pm

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You can't know, so don't worry and enjoy. Maybe keep some easier ones in case of a bad day? Keep it up! We're looking forward to the next pic. :cool:
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Post Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:26 pm

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I'm not worried about picking a lock. Im worried one day or another I won't have time to do it.
To be honest, these locks are already easy :mrgreen:

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Day 5 of 366.

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Post Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:38 am

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Expectations just went up :razz:
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Post Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:28 pm

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Day 6 of 366. This one is for you, friends from the other side of the pond!

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Post Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:43 pm

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Just so you know, you are motivating me to spend more time with my half diamond instead of mainly hooks.
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Post Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:28 am

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edocdab wrote:Just so you know, you are motivating me to spend more time with my half diamond instead of mainly hooks.


I like the half diamond as well. Just be sure you thin down the neck of the pick so it doesn't move pins at the front of the lock when you are picking rear pins. Notice how nice and thin his is where it meets the half diamond, and stays fairly thin along the shaft.

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Post Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:41 am

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Yes, it looks different from my southord slimline. If I zoom and compare the profiles, taking the shaft width equal, the half diamond is significantly higher and more pointy.
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Post Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:14 pm

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edocdab wrote:Just so you know, you are motivating me to spend more time with my half diamond instead of mainly hooks.


Yeah I've been thinking exactly the same thing as well...I don't use a HD nearly enough. This is because I learnt to pick with hooks and the technique really is very different.

@Femurat - what thickness is the pick, and how well does it deal with difficult bittings and difficult keyways?
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Post Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:38 pm

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Nicely done! Keep up the good work.
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Post Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:04 pm

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Thank you all for the encouragement. I'm happy I'm inspiring others.
Yes, I like half diamonds. And I really love this one. It's my favourite pick!
I made it with a street cleaning bristle I found laying on the road and a piece of bamboo I grew myself. It's thinner than all the commercial picks I've seen. Tomorrow I'll grab the caliper and measure it for you. There may be a post of mine with some info somewhere...

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Post Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:10 pm

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Doing well, Femurat. :)

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Post Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:18 pm

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MHM, the pick is 0,65 mm thick. The diamond is 3 mm tall, including the shaft. It's my go to pick for 90% of the locks, paracentric keyways included.

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Day 8 of 366. This rare old KABA 20 padlock was a present from a very good friend and I've never opened it before. It took me 30-40 minutes to study the lock and open it. What a pleasure!

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Post Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:54 am

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Congratulations! Thanks for the dimensions. With the clear pics, the rest of the dimensions can be derived and I can compare or make one to try for myself...
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Post Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:20 pm

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Edocdab, it's the picker that opens the lock, not the tool... but having a good pick does help!

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Post Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:03 pm

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Indeed. I'm making good progress (according to myself) but I still have a lot of room for improvement in all areas. It's a very entertaining ride so far :)

I'm trying to focus more on skill improvement than tool gathering, but I also found you can learn a lot from changing tool every now and then and getting out of your comfort zone.

You're doing well every day so far. Keep it up!
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