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(964) Review: Sparrows Dark Shift Pick Kit


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  1. Hey Bill! I just got my Dark Shift in the mail for Christmas. I have to say, they are amazing picks! Thanks for the great recommendation.

  2. Can you do some more videos on how to rake locks? Especially ones with security pins? Also maybe a video on how to deal with tighter keyways? I’ve got a master 575 that is giving me a lot of trouble cause I can’t get my picks in easily.

  3. Thank you so much for picking me!!! I’m so unbelievably excited to get this kit. I’ll be checking my mailbox every 15 mins like a crazy person! The add-ons you threw in are greatly appreciated as well, I’ve been wanting to try the mini slim jim and now I’ll be able to. I love the site and I’ve learned so much from your videos. This set looks so nice!! Thanx again Bill!

  4. Sparrows makes great stuff. I am very pleased with their service and products. Never a disappointment. My last purchase from them was the repinning kit with mini mats. I am loving it. Now I am lusting for the Dark Shift kit. But how many more packages can I receive from Canada without my wife finding out? Stay safe. Stay legal. Stay under your wife’s radar.

  5. Just Bought the tuxedo and after seeing this I feel I should have waited a week. and got this instead (*Face Palm) Would love to win it!

  6. Hi Bill, always enjoy your videos. What is the hump on the bottom/middle of the sandman for? Thanks Geoffrey

  7. Hey There, I have been a subscriber to your YouTube channel for a long time now, and love watching everything. I have made a few picks of my own on the job and used them to open locks at work. I would love to have a production set for my ‘assignments’ .

  8. I ordered this kit with the add-ons after seeing this video. I also ordered a shank to go with the kit. It’s my first kit, and I think I’ll be happy with this set. *-*-* Use SparrowsBFDeal code and it will save you 20% until Nov. 28th. *-*-*

  9. After seeing your video, I purchased this kit with your suggested add-ons. I also got a shank for my kit. This is my first kit and I think it will do me well. Thanks for the videos!

  10. Having watched a host of your videos over this weekend I think I have found myself a nice indoor hobby, would the Sparrows EOD kit make a good starter kit for me? Keep up the good work, thanks

  11. Very nice, It looks compact for a kit. A lot of thought has gone into the picks especially the top curve. Ergonomicly designed for fatigue. It will be on my wish list.

  12. Nice review, to bad I made my Sparrows order last week, might have considered this, well I got the wizwazzle set and a few bits and pieces looks like I may have to order a couple of single picks thanks again for your time and effort.

  13. Very well thought out pick design in this new kit. Love those traction serrations on the top of the pick! The price is also great. Sparrows is a pleasure to deal with….just like the Lock-Lab.

  14. Thats a great everyday pick set, one thing I would add would be a Q Head (tubular keyway) tension tool.

  15. That looks a nice set I would like one your starting to rub off on me I never go for pritty things but this set look awesome

  16. With your additions that’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. Plus I broke my city rake so that would replace it.

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