Few months ago I bought a "Rakers" set from Sparrows (4 picks, 6 tension wrenches), and have been very happy with it or a long time.
However, after maybe one month of intensive use (at home), I broke one of them, and couple weeks later another one
Even though they are made of good steel (at least manufacturers say so), they are quite vary narrow, so it's not that hard to broke them.
I didn't throw the "dead sparrows" away, I stored them with others - just in case. Later I bought Dremel 4000. And then I realized, that I can reanimate sparrows, using their handles!
Let me show you all steps:
1. Removed a pick from a soft handle.
2. Drawn a shape with permanent marker (using snapped part of the pick as an example).
3. Made first version of a pick with Dremel (I believe other rotary tool would work just fine too). It took less than a hour. Intentionally made it wide to make it more sturdy.
4. Oops, it's too wide: can't open any lock with it. Making it narrow (10-15min).
Yeah! Now it's wide enough to be sturdy, but narrow enough to enter keyholes. Works at least as good as a new one, maybe even better (thanks to better finish of edges).
I am extremely happy that my friend is alive again! Well, it's not a sparrow anymore, it's a midget sparrow
, but it works fine and is comfortable to use!
Hope you don't throw away your broken picks
Making a pick from a handle of real pick is better than making them from saw or knife, I think.