lsphinx wrote:Such a great Post. Really nice
I've made some myself but they are a bit flexible sideways, I mean they aren't very hard and straight. And I thought in making some thermal processes of hardening.
I don't know for sure the metal composition, so I don't know if it works well, but I have to try it soon.
This is the primary problem with this method and can be rectified by keeping a bowl of water handy while you're grinding. Simply dip the blade/lockpick in the water every 15-30 seconds and you'll be rewarded with a little hiss. This will help preserve the temper resulting in a harder final product.
After you're done, take a blowtorch to it and heat it up to red, then dip it again, further hardening your pick.