James, what a hoot.
Once a upon a time, when I was in the Navy, I used to make beer
money by modifying 4" brass cotter pins. That went well until the
Supply Officer began to wonder why our shop was using so many cotter
pins. Started to substitute brass tie wire after that.
Kind of reminds me of John Burgess's story of making a seal stamp
for the bottles they opened. He told that one some time ago.
(John, I hope you and you wife are well. You have been quiet for too