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A friend attended an an online lecture (unrelated to vehicle maintenance and repair) in which the instructor mentioned going into their mechanics toolbox to retrieve a tool that resembled an ice pick.

They made it sound like perhaps it had different heads with different diameters, and described the smallest one as "needle-like".

I can't think of any mechanics tools that resemble this description except perhaps an awl.

Any ideas what tool(s) to which they might have been referring?

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Sounds similar to the picks I've always used. Mostly I use them for removing clips, roll pins and also just digging at miscellaneous stuff. A set from craftsman has always been my favorite but I think it was discontinued. Same as these ones tho. There are other sizes/shapes but these 4 are the most common. Many places will call them "o-ring removal picks".

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    You know, I have a set of those... somewhere. I remember they have orange handles, but don't remember where I put them. I think I would prefer to remember where they are instead of their color ;) – RockPaperLz- Mask it or Casket Oct 23 at 23:52
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    Yes, we have one of those lying around the shop for no reason, never used it in years, and it saved my bacon when I was trying to reassemble an alternator (to put the brushes in the "sprung back" position to let the slip ring get by). – Harper - Reinstate Monica Oct 24 at 15:18
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    One of my best purchases from the pound shop (you might call it a dollar store). I actually used them to pick out seals too. Not the aquatic kind. – upsidedowncreature Oct 28 at 0:33
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Sure. Scribes, punches, etc. Many look like ice picks.

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  • Thanks. What does one use those for when working on automobiles that make them a better choice than an awl? – RockPaperLz- Mask it or Casket Oct 23 at 19:57
  • A genuine awl is a hand tool for woodwork or leather work. It isn't designed to survive being hit with a hammer, like a metalworking punch. – alephzero Oct 23 at 20:21
  • I have heard them called "prick" punch or "center" punch. – blacksmith37 Oct 24 at 1:05

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