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Sep 26th, 2007 at 8:09am
 
Does anyone know where to buy a ice pick kit?

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Reply #1 - Sep 26th, 2007 at 8:31am
 
In the grocery store in the kitchen supplies isle (tear one apart...gently)??  Wink

Seriously though, I thought Craft Supplies would have it if anybody did, but nope.  Maybe someone else will know.
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Reply #2 - Sep 26th, 2007 at 1:18pm
 
I knew I had seen something...Craft Supplies does carry a kit, however it's under Scratch Awls, not Ice Picks...here's the link:

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might want to hurry, they're on close out special right now.

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Reply #3 - Sep 26th, 2007 at 3:24pm
 
Thanks Chris. I've ran across the awl kits, but their 'spike' isn't as long as I'd like. An old ice pick I have has a spike 6-7" long.
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Reply #4 - Sep 26th, 2007 at 4:32pm
 
My dad bought 5/32 or 3/16 steel rod and drove it into a predrilled hole, and then ground a point on it.  You can form a ferrule with a copper fitting to keep the handle from splitting.

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Reply #5 - Sep 26th, 2007 at 5:14pm
 
No worries, bkc...that's the only kit of that kind that I know of though.  Jim's answer is a likely best option for a longer spike.  you know, they do sell pre-crushed ice now...   Wink Cheesy
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Reply #6 - Sep 26th, 2007 at 5:15pm
 
Just thought of something...contact Craft Supplies customer service and see if they have the replacement parts for sale separate of the kit (they do that with their pen kits).  If so, buy all the parts but the spike, and then make your own spike(s).  you'd get the fancy hardware with the length of the spike you want...couldn't hurt to try.
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Reply #7 - Sep 26th, 2007 at 5:53pm
 
Thanks for all the help! It's looking like I'll have to make one up.... Jim, where would I buy the steel, and does it need to be certain kind?

Yes, I know you can buy ice. And you can have a crappy ice maker in your fridge (we do!  Cheesy) But we still end up having to make 'extra' ice in two liter coke bottles to have enough.

I will give Craft Supply a call too on getting 'spare' parts, thanks for that suggestion Smiley
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Reply #8 - Sep 26th, 2007 at 6:06pm
 
Good luck with it and don't forget to post pics when you're done so we can see what you come up with.
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Reply #9 - Sep 26th, 2007 at 7:11pm
 
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  where would I buy the steel, and does it need to be certain kind?


Any good hardware will have steel stock. Cold rolled steel is probably adequate but to be certian you may want to use drill stock.

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Reply #10 - Sep 26th, 2007 at 7:21pm
 
I would think you would use Stainless???

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Reply #11 - Sep 26th, 2007 at 7:35pm
 
If you are going to make it yourself, you might get away with a good thick stainless welding rod.  At least, I can imagine that would work.  Check it out.
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Reply #12 - Sep 26th, 2007 at 11:46pm
 
Just make sure that it is not high carbon rod. 
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Reply #13 - Oct 1st, 2007 at 6:57pm
 
I could write a book on making scratch awls and ice picks.  I've probably made and sold nearly 200 since 1996.  My suggestion would be to find an old HSS aircraft bit from 3/16" to 1/4" (the long bits). They easily cut with a decent hacksaw blade, so cut it off to your desired length.  My next suggestion would be to chuck one end in an electric hand drill and rotate against a slower moving grinding wheel so as not to adversely effect the bits' temper.  Turn until you've achieved the point you want.  They rechuck into a Jacobs chuck in your headstock and polish with 100 to 1200 grit, this won't rust if you've used good HSS and clean it off after each use.  I generally will use brass, nickel silver or copper as a ferrule material and silver solder it to the blade/shaft.  That option is up to you.  Then turn your handle to you desired size and shape.  I usually center drill the handle while it's chucked with a Jacobs  chuck in the tailstock.  Good luck
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Reply #14 - Oct 1st, 2007 at 8:06pm
 
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