As a pick maker, I have been looking for this type of steel for a months, literally. I was a little skeptical about working with the scrap, and could not find a source for this steel ANYWHERE.... until now. Working with these government steel blanks that Peterson started offering has been phenomenal. They are exactly what I needed to take my picks to another level. They shine to a mirror polish, the steel outperforms the high carbon steel I'm accustomed to working with, and it's offered in a super slim .014" which just slithers through the key ways like a snake. I am happy to pay a premium to offer my clients the option to upgrade to this super steel. Not to mention Ken and Benita are a pleasure to work with. Hats off to the Peterson family for sharing this steel with the locks-port world.
This is a partial tang Pick I made using your 0.018" Gov Steel scrap. The handle is made from recycled New Zealand Rimu (I'm from New Zealand). It has 1 hollow and 1 solid brass pin. The Pick was all hand filed, shaped and sanded. The only power tool used was a drill press to drill the pin holes. Thanks for making Gov Steel available to hobby Pick makers like myself. It's great to work with quality stainless steel.