Our robust Gov Steel Long Ripple offered in a Plastic Handle. Our top selling GS Plastic Handle (Government Steel Plastic) Series Picks, are made to our "EURO" design approach that incorporates a reduced "shank" height for easier pick access into key ways that were designed to be restrictive. The hard fiber filled handles readily transmit every vibration from your picking, and the pick's light weight makes them extremely agile and responsive. Our Government steel is a legend in itself: Our proprietary steel is high tensile, but at the same time it is ductile instead of brittle. The textured handles insure your grip is secure. Many people however favor our Rubber handle picks when available in the profile they desire (also in Euro design). These customers may work in colder or hotter environments and they enjoy the insulating characteristics of the rubber handles. Others in this group may have arthritis, or just enjoy the comfort that rubber provides. I myself also enjoy rubber handles, and as I tend to place my fore finger on the metal shank while picking I can also feel the vibrations from the lock.
Ken says: Because of the height reduction behind the rippled profile, (handle side) there is a tendency to encounter the "it broke" syndrome if you use this pick aggressively like perhaps you would use a double rake. Even though we reduced the drop to make them stronger they will break with aggressive action.
However I myself love them, AND I don’t break them. The reason is that I don’t use them as you would a standard rake; instead I use the as a precursor tool.
With some light turning tool pressure I walk back and forth across the pins several times as if I was crushing grapes to make wine. Remember the objective in crushing grapes is just to crush the fruit; but not the seeds!
What I have now accomplished is I have set about half of the pins. I am not usually able to set them all because the ripples don’t reach high and low enough to pick all locks. Then I take my favorite hook or my diamond picks and set the last pins: wow it opened! And it actually opened faster than if I used my second tool alone…