OK! I need to make this a bit faster than is warranted because I'm going away for the next 2 days to celebrate my anniversary with my girlfriend, but here are the important parts:
1: Met with my friend Deb, who taught me about Stress, Strain, and Elastic vs. Plastic Deformation. All in all it primarily confirmed the metal I was already interested in, but I finally learned WHY the spring steel I like is a better picking steel. It's all about the large triangle... Don't worry, I was excited enough about this that I'm going to explain in more depth in a metal only update on Monday. In that update I'd like to give you the exact metal, right down to where you can order it yourself, that I'll use in the first production batch, along with some rough financial breakdowns of what each pick should cost in raw materials. I'll also try to cover, in my own words, what Deb taught me about the properties of the metal.
2: I had been working on some disc detainer videos for a long time, but finally had a couple days last week where I was free to finish them up. You can find what I've got so far up here:
There is a 4th uploading now and I'd like to shoot some more for that series when I have the time, but that probably won't be soon...
3: Did a training at Akamai this week that went very well. It was more organized than my usual, actually, as I was on a Disc Detainer kick. We focused on pin tumblers, disc detainers and some light handcuff work. I also talked a bit about some of the historical research I've done. It was a great time.
OK! I'm out for 2 days, but on Monday I'll be talking to all of you about the metal specifics for both picks & handles, and I'll also be talking to the etcher to be certain we can cut the metal I want.