Materials

Hardwood - Our picks were originally designed over 4 years ago using high quality exotic hardwoods, which make for absolutely beautiful plectrums! These provide excellent tone, all slightly different due to the different species used, however, they don't last as long as our high-end plastics. Current stock ranges from Holly to Ebony, including Bocote, Hickory, Nogal, Ipe, Maple, Tulipwood, and many more! Laser engraving leaves nice smooth black lines.

Acrylic - Currently available in 8 different colors, acrylic is a very durable, super slick material, with a fairly bright tone, and great attack. A sweep picker's dream, these picks are as nice to look at as they are to play with! Laser engraving on this material gives a nice "etched-glass" look.

Kirinite - A high quality acrylic sheet, made in USA with visually stunning colors and patterns, Kirinite provides excellent tone and attack, with a grippier surface than normal acrylic, even when completely polished. Currently available in either "Purple Haze" or "Royal Blue", with more options coming very soon!

Polycarbonate - Only available in Clear, Poly is a very strong, durable material, which will last indefinitely. With a nice bright tone, and great grippy feel, Polycarbonate is an excellent choice for any style! Laser engraving leaves nice deep lines adding to the grippiness of the plectrum. Unfortunately, this does not polish quite as well as the acrylic, so does not get such a nice clear effect. Tonally, these sound quite similar to acrylic, but with a bit more attack.

Ultem - A beautiful amber colored high end plastic, Ultem makes a very durable, very slick plectrum with awesome grip properties! The warmer your hands are, the better it grips! Excellent tone, nice and bright, but not chirpy or ice-picky, Ultem is arguably one of the best possible materials for boutique plectrums! Laser engraves nice black lines, and will polish as fine as acrylic.

U-glass - Glass filled ultem, so characteristics are quite similar, although it looks very different, and a bit brighter tonally. An all around excellent material, U-glass is sure to become one of your favorite picks! Engraves nice solid black lines.

Polypropylene - A solid white in color, this stuff has a great warm tone, with less attack than the harder plastics like acrylic and ultem, and boasts excellent wear resistance. Current stock is fairly limited, but is at least available in any thickness.

UHMWPE - similar in tone to the polypropylene, but with more attack and better grip, not to mention the best wear resistance of everything we offer, so much so, that the disc sander has a hard time getting it down to thickness. Current stock is available in blue or yellow.

Tagua Nut - Also referred to as Vegetable Ivory, this has the ultimate attack of anything I have tried to date! nice off-white color with strong grain lines, and polishes up just like real ivory. Each nut has a small void in the center, which can be left open for grip, or resin-filled with a glow-in-the-dark pigment added, blue, green or orange. Can be dyed on special request for an upcharge. An excellent option for just a tip on a wooden pick as well. Tagua Nut holds up extremely well.

Bone - Currently only used for tips on wooden picks, as I save my bigger pieces for making nuts and saddles. Very bright tone with great attack, excellent wear resistance and polishes beautifully. We were offering deer antler for awhile as well for tips, but they tend to wear a bit too quick, with nothing extra to offer tonewise over bone, so they have been discontinued. Recently, I have acquired a very small amount of Buffalo horn to be used as tips, on request. color ranges from tan to black

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