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(1130) Review: Government Steel Pick Material


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My vises are made by Panavise, a U.S. Company.  The one with the wide jaws is the model 350.  The smaller one is the model 301. Both have the 312 Base mount – www.panavise.com



  1. eBay 301 stainless steel for making your own tattoo gun needles, and it’s fairly cheap. I bought a 12″x12″ sheet of 301 that is .015″ thick.

    1. It takes patience , some small grinding wheels, a Dremel, and some water so you don’t overheat it. Once it’s shaped smoothing it out is pretty easy. Same process as finishing any laser cut or stamped & punched pick. Some wet dry sand paper, then I final finish mine with polishing compound and a fine Arkansas sharpening stone to make them super smooth & polished up like a mirror. The hardest part is not having it catch on the grinder and get bent or twisted. That ruins your attempt.

  2. Great video, Bill. Great items. The small rulers are actually very inexpensive (Chinese). I found on Ebay. Not bad to experiment with making picks at an affordable price.


    Be safe “My Brother”, watch your “SIX”.

    1. Street sweeper bristles are always a nice find for making a shallow hook. 301 or 304 stainless sheet steel is one I like to use. .020, .018, .015″ and someday I might try working with .012 again. It’s pretty thin flimsy, and bendy. I bought a big freezer bag filled with old keys and a few little cylindrical American govt. locks, with keys. I made bump keys for Schlage, Kwikset, Best, Weiss, Adams, etc. from the old keys. I put the brass locks on my gates, after I picked them. NO GUTTING THOSE! They were not that easy to pick either. Bitting from hell on most of them.

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