Pointed guitar picks that stay sharp

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  1. DeepDangler

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    I’ve been on an endless guitar pick journey. I enjoy pointed, rigid, and thick guitar picks. I was using Ultex Jazz III 2mm but they weren’t quite thick enough for me but I enjoyed the feel. I was enjoying V-picks for a while but discovered the edge wears down to a rounded shape due to my picking technique and the way acrylic wears.

    Are there any pointed guitar picks that hold their sharp tip for a long time? No metal picks please! Those turn my strings into sweater fuzz. I haven’t used the Ultex Jazz a long time and am not sure how it holds up but would like something around 2.5 to 3mm if possible.
     
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    Ultex are the best I've found for keeping their shape, but I agree it would be good if they had some thicker.
    There are stone, glass and metal ones out there, but not sure of the tone or shape.
     
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    The 'Flow' is pointed and because they sort of whack the top off of it, I can hold it a bit deeper in the first crook of my index... sort of like a wider jazz III.

    I think they only go up to 1.5mm in the Tortex brand, but maybe Dunlop/grips go higher.

    There's also a shape like this but with the 'full' 351-style rounded top.

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    These are not the right thickness, but the angle on the Dunlop Sharp's tip is more acute than the other picks you mentioned so perhaps will remain pointed longer. I used these before I went to the smaller Jazz Tortex Screenshot_20210508_153307.jpg
     

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    Spearhead by Iron Age Accessories. 4mm. A faux-ivory thermoplastic. Excellent.
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    I made some picks using vintage casein buttons...it was a lesson in how smooth the picking surface/bevels need to be to not add a ton of treble/pick noise. They've held up very well basically showing zero wear, even using them on bass. But they have a different tone from Ultex, of course.
     
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    If you like the Jazz III, try these, Max Grip Jazz III carbon fiber. I used the green Tortex IIIs for a few years and the points always wore down quickly. I recently picked up a Jazz III variety pack and the carbon fiber was in there. I’ve preferred smooth picks with no grip texture in the past, but these are definitely my new favorite.

    I read up on them and it’s some carbon fiber mix, not a full carbon fiber pick, but it has held its point better than any Jazz III I’ve ever used. The point is still there after a few weeks of use on both electrics and acoustics. It’s a thicker material too, very stiff. I’m really lovin’ it.

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    Gravity pick has several choices of this style of pick.
     
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    Are picks too expensive? I keep a.bunch around for when one wears out I "pick" up a new.one.
     
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    I touch my picks up with a metal nail file every once in a while. It Works.
     
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    V-Pick Switchblade work for me.
     
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    I'm the same, as mine start to round off and lose their tip i use a Dremel to reshape to my liking.
     
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    Mine blunt too. Simple fact is you’re dragging some form of plastic up and down across metal strings, some of them wound so as to resemble the surface of a file. One’s gonna wear, that’ll be the plastic one.
     
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    I’ve got a ton (maybe 15 or so) V-Pick Screamers that are dull/rounded. They last a long time before the point wears down to a place where they don’t have the bite I like with the Screamers

    I would think you could use a fine file to reshape the point but I’m not sure if the effort is worth the $4.00 purchase price
     
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    Some of the rigid picks I’ve used cost 5 bucks a pop and still wore out on me. I’m just trying to find something that holds the sharp tip longer or is cheap.
     
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    My band mates make fun of me for using a file to re point my picks.

    It's not that I'm cheap, but why use more plastic than need be.


    Plus I am pretty cheap.
     
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    I like regular old Fender Celluloid picks - extra heavy. But with anything, if you go with a harder and more durable material, your strings will pay the price. At my most extreme, I used stainless steel pick and they would literally cut through a the strings in pretty short order. I’ve tried a few less extreme options but eventually settled back on celluloid and just treat them as disposable - new pick every gig/practice session.
     
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    After reading this post, I took 3 of my worn Dunlop Ultex 2.0 picks and filed em to a point with a StewMac fret file. Worked great and didn't muff the sound or cause other noise. They just seem to dull too fast for me. I also use all the sides of a pick, not just the pointy end.
     
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