The Gem is a very popular pick that simply adds a short, but pointy, tip to the end of the short hook. This gives us a little more reach without sacrificing any of the maneuverability and agileness of the beloved short hook.
Because of the extended tip, the Gem is typically a good pick to have when dealing with paracentric keyways, heavy-ish warding, or locks with radical bitting. It also feels less clunky and makes it slightly easier to locate pins and stay within the pin chambers – this can be a real benefit for beginners that don’t yet have a good grasp for the spacing between pins.
Additionally, because there is a slope at the tip, you can drag the pick across pins to probe and lift them rather than having to approach them from below like flatter tipped hooks. This ability to drag the tip across pins also adds a degree of maneuverability as it gives you more room to move and angle the pick.
What are Slender Lock Picks?
Eventually, you will run into locks with tighter or more restrictive keyways and as such you will likely need thinner picks and more maneuverable lock picks.
This is the purpose and intent behind the slender lock pick!
What is GSP?
The GSP stands for “Government Steel Picks” and is exclusively a Peterson Manufacturing product.
While most lock picks are made of 10-95 carbon steel, Peterson GSP picks are made of an elite stainless steel alloy similar to the 420 stainless steel that is used in many surgical tools—like scalpels—essentially making these the strongest lock picks on the market!
This is where GSP has a HUGE advantage over other lock picks.
What this means for you as a picker is that your picks will last significantly longer than traditional and cheaper picks.
In the long run, this will save you a lot of money in replacing picks. This also makes these picks ideal for those starting out as beginners tend to be rougher on their tools.
There is something about holding tiny tools in your hands for an extended amount of time that will cause you pain… and not just physical, but emotional. There are few things worse in this world than being so close to opening a lock and having to drop your tools because of hand cramps or bleeding fingers.
To solve this affliction each lock pick that we offer has an ergonomic and comfortable plastic handle.
These handles not only making your picking sessions more enjoyable but also increase the feedback you receive due to more surface area of your hand being on the pick.