Here is my method for replacing the broken pricker on an Austramax. However this method can be used for many other makes of lanterns. Materials. · Original cleaning needle. The main body of the cleaner is 2mm dia (major length). The crimped end (holding the pricker) is 1mm dia. · 1mm dia brass tube with nominal wall thickness of 0.3mm · 27 gauge hypodermic needle · Replacement pricker wire (0.15mm – 0.18mm) in my case the pricker wire is 0.15mm stainless steel spring wire. Method 1. Measure the overall length of the brass rod (excluding the pricker). I find they vary slightly between lanterns. 2. Set up the Dremel (or similar device) with a cutting wheel. I use this for all cuts and trimming made during this process 3. Remove the 1mm end or the rod (which holds the broken pricker) and square of the end. 4. Using a lathe centre drill the brass rod. 5. Use a 1mm dia drill to drill a hole in the rod with a minimum depth of 6mm. I use a pin drill to hold the 1mm drill. The pin drill is loosely held in the drill chuck on the lathe as a guide only. With the lathe running I control the drill by hand to drill the hole (broke too many drills determining this). * Step 6 – 9 remember to remove the burs after each cut. 6. Insert the 1mm brass tube into the drilled hole and mark the length measured in step 1 + a little for trimming in step 9. Cut the 1mm tube to length (don’t use side cutters). 7. Cut the plastic end off the hypodermic needle. I find it is easier to remove the burs if you insert a piece of pricker through the needle before cutting (don’t use side cutters). 8. Make sure all the pieces are pushed together then cut the hypodermic needle to match the length of the 1mm brass (don’t use side cutters). 9. Trim the overall length to match measurement taken in stage 1. 10. Remove the 1mm brass with the hypodermic needle inside. Insert a new pricker (after removing the cut off piece). Allow excess to be trimmed later. 11. Reassemble and make sure all the pieces are pushed together (recheck length) then crimp the assembly in place. Remove any burs. My crimper is a pair of pliers with a 1.5mm hole drilled through the jaw face. The tips of the jaws are ground so I can place the pliers in a vice if necessary. 12. Trim pricker to length and remove bur. Done.