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I have a bow, but no set of strings
I have a collar, but I'm not a pet thing
I have a stem, but I'm not from a pot
I have a blade, just not from Camelot
I am often scraped and dropped and abused
But not unkindly, I have my own use
I open what is precious, expensive or dear
Except for a pick, there is nothing to fear!

What am I?

(Hint:

This should tell all, I swing off a wall
Or end of a string, or inside a ring)

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I believe the answer is

A Key!

Explanation:

I have a bow, but no set of strings
The bow of a key is the (usually) round bit you hold.

I have a collar, but I'm not a pet thing
Some older keys have collars, which is a ring around the shaft to stop the key inserting too far.

I have a stem, but I'm not from a pot
The stem, AKA shaft is the long cylindrical part.

I have a blade, just not from Camelot
Newer keys have a blade (the ridged part).

I am often scraped and dropped and abused
Keys are probably one of the least looked-after items.

But not unkindly, I have my own use
Keys are useful to open locks.

I open what is precious, expensive or dear
People often lock away their valuables with a key.

Except for a pick, there is nothing to fear!
Locks are perfectly secure, except for lock picks...

Hints:

This should tell all, I swing off a wall
People often hang keys on a hook on the wall.

Or end of a string, or inside a ring)
People can carry keys on a string or on a keyring

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    $\begingroup$ Wonderful! Hopefully that wasn't too easy? $\endgroup$ – The Jokester May 4 at 12:08
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    $\begingroup$ I wouldn't have gotten it from the first four lines, but the last two gave it away for me! I had to check to see if the first four actually fit. $\endgroup$ – Matthew Jensen May 5 at 0:33

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