1. The picks people are paying a lot for are made of casein, made from dairy protein. They are not plastic, and not really high tech. You can make it in your kitchen.
2.Tortex is definitely not delrin.
3. The people who created this fancy pick market did so for the sound, not any concept of period correctness. Many serious acoustic guitar and mandolin players used/use actual tortoise shell picks, and many others have heard them. I don't know all the CITES rules, but I know they're still around, (though not for commercial sale), and they've been around.
I personally don't care what real tortoise shell sounds like, but I do like the sound of the casein pick I have, when I want it that smooth. Sometimes I prefer celluloid because I want a little click on the attack, and sometimes I don't.
4. If I'm paying $20 for a pick, I definitely don't want to specify the material, thickness, and provide a cad file. That sounds like it should be someone else's job (and it sounds too much like my actual job). But if you want that, you can probably find someone to do it, at some quantity.
Are high end guitar picks really worth it? Daddario $23.99, Blue Chip $35, Martin Luxe $19.99 Is this the new Crypto for guitar? I thought Dunlop Jazz III were a little over priced! Wow, I must be out of the loop. I love my Jazz IIIs but that is about the most i would pay. Its not just the price though, do they actually make you play better? I doubt it, but there must be a market. Am I missing something? What say you.
I will make it four. I was using the V-picks Medium Round, smaller red pick, but have switched to their Tree of Life Mandolin, lower left, or Tree of Life Guitar Pick, not pictured. I like the less round point better. I really don’t know why they are called Tree of Life Picks besides it has a tree printed on it.That's 3 for the V picks. Have to try em.