EDIT: I'm making picks again! PM me.
EDIT: (pasted from page 2): I'm selling picksets in any color imaginable, including glow-in-the-dark and marbled color mixes at this time. Sets consist of three picks and a double-sided wrench. Additionally, the sets can be either hook/half diamond/snake rake, hook/hook/hook (3 different styles), or custom tips, all the same price.
Regular price: $50 shipped CONUS. Will also consider trades for interesting high-security locks or tools--don't be afraid to ask.
Owners of my sets include members of the professional security industry like Tiger Team (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_Team_(TV_series)
--all three of them own sets) and the author of Kismet (http://kismetwireless.net/
), as well as real, working locksmiths (hi, FP3!) and more Colorado-based hackers and security gurus than I can shake a stick at. I've taken user feedback and made my handles more comfortable to hold for long periods of time.
Are my sets for newbies? Sure--but I discourage you from buying them if you are. Buy a cheap set of Southords, and only drop $50 on one of my sets when you're confident you'll stick with locksport for a long time. I want my picks to be used, not sit in a drawer gathering dust. Thanks!
Available colors (may change): black, white, brown, bright blue, glitter silver, tropical green, moss green, maroon, hot pink, glitter red (see pics later--these cost more), neon orange, denim blue, glow-in-the-dark, or any combination of these. Custom colors may be available depending on what else Hobby Lobby carries. Pictures of unfinished handles (just to give you an idea of how the colors look):
These are in progress and I'll be selling sets once I perfect the technique and find a suitable machined aluminum mold for the handles. These all started life as projects for the pick contest that's going on right now.
Locknewbie21 and Kaotik--lots of people make their own picks, but you two had designs that really inspired me to want to try my hand at it.
Raimundo--for teaching me the importance of sanding and polishing.
Gordon Airporte--for the idea of polymer clay handles and steve0527 for reminding me about them (and Raimundo again because apparently the idea originated with him, but Gordon's was the first post I saw on it).
Pyro1234321--whose youtube video led me to lp101 in the first place.
EDIT2: These picks suck. For the greatly improved models, scroll down a page or so to the next set of pictures. The ones in this post will serve as a very rough tutorial on how I did things until I can make a proper photo tutorial.
Pick 1 had lots of room for me to draw the dragon design on, but the handle was too bulky as a result:http://neutronstar.org/stevepicks/1_(f).jpg
After that I copied my Peterson handles into a clay mold and cleverly removed the brand name:http://neutronstar.org/stevepicks/2-3-4_(f).jpg
And the backs:http://neutronstar.org/stevepicks/2-3-4_(b).jpg
After firing those three in the oven, I started perfecting the handle technique progressively with the next three picks. The last two have shaped handles and the last one also has beveled edges for better weight and balance:http://neutronstar.org/stevepicks/5-6-7_(f).jpg
And the backs:http://neutronstar.org/stevepicks/5-6-7_(b).jpg
Finally, a closeup of the engraving on front:http://neutronstar.org/stevepicks/303.jpg
...and the inscription on back (the Chinese word for "unlock" and my signature):http://neutronstar.org/stevepicks/inscription.jpg
More pictures as I complete the pick components (hook, diamond, rake).