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(1033) Peterson’s Waves & City Rakes


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  1. WOW talk about price goughing !
    $35 for 4 picks ($8.75 each PLUS shipping ) NO THANK YOU !!!!
    Whats the cost to manufacture one of these , $1.00 ????
    I’d rather fabricate them from windshield wiper blades or sink drain snake etc !

  2. Love your videos, I’m new to lock picking. I stumbled across one of your videos a few weeks ago and have been hooked every since.

  3. Can you add any insight on the different pin diameters. For example, will a universal kit with .115 diameter pins work in all locks. Thanks, keep up the good work

  4. what a great hobby figuring these out better than making ice hooks your the best instuctor i have seen in 30 years. thanks bill

  5. peterson need to stop stamping their numbers or codes on the pick where it joins the handle. I have snapped 2 this week because they had been pressed in too far with the stamping. Stupid idea, old technology.

  6. Ops im to fast! havn’t seen the video yet…. CHEERS and thanks for giving me a new hobby. I’m still waiting on mail to arrive with my first set of picks 😉 u get what u pay4

  7. I looked at the wicked waves at DEFCON last year, and glad that Peterson made a set. Toool makes a great product, but I like the quality and the handle of Peterson. Thanks for the review.

  8. I think that the plastic grip might be a little reliant grip to handle while picking.

  9. Actually the cycloid and sinusoid classification is not based on how many peaks the rakes have but on the shape of the waves themselves. The one that looks like a bogota pick is a cycloid curve and the more "worm-y" rake is a sinusoid.

    So – C4 and C5 are cycloid and and C6 and C7 are sinusoid.

  10. hey Bill i have a question about this video. if the picks are desiged by someone else isend it thiefery that peterson sells them? or can just anyone copy the designer? ( sorry for bad english it is not my first language)

    1. People have been filing and grinding their own picks for over 100 years, so trying to patent a lock pick is throwing good money after bad. Yes, it is infringement, but good luck winning a patent suit, on a lock pick. The way Peterson dings those numbers in next to the handle makes their picks extremely weak at that point, and prone to breaking, so for what they charge, I’d rather make my own, or buy that hand made picks. I have no idea why they stamp those number so damn deep. They should invest in a decent laser etching machine, that does not etch that deep into the metal. I highly suspect they do it on purpose, so their picks break, and you go buy more replacements, more often.

  11. Mr.Bill, Without a key how do you determine which pick to use for each lock. Do we have to remember the type of locks we work with, the keys ? How do you go about it? That's always been on my mind

  12. I might be mistaken, but I believe you got the wave types for C5 and C6 mixed up. C4 and C5 are Cycloids, C6 and C7 are Sinusoidal. Whatever they're called though, they look like great picks, love your videos!

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