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Easy comfy plastic pick handles



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Post Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:31 am

Easy comfy plastic pick handles

Apologies if I'm repeating info from other posts, but I came across some new (to me, at least) super-heavy heat shrink tubing at Lowes yesterday, and boy does it make awesome comfortable plastic pick handles. Thought I'd share...

It's made by Ideal, part # 46-391, sells for $3.96 for a pack of 3 6" tubes. The stuff is thick from the start. I used the 3/8" diameter (actually measures almost 1/2" before shrinking)... a little smaller would work, too, but this was the smallest they had at my local store.
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Nice thing about this stuff is after you shrink it and it hardens, it's hard like plastic more than rubber, and you can file/sand it to shape.
Here's how they turned out (Peterson at the top for comparison):
In the middle is a Sparrows .025, without metal handles so just 1 layer thick.
The bottom one is a Southord .025 with metal handles (3 layers).

Side view for thickness comparison:
Peterson is .162" thick
without handles is .182" thick
with handles is .220" thick

Super comfortable, ends up with a little bit of texture that gives them a nice grip. Shrinks perfectly to fit picks with handles, but doesn't quite get tight on handle-less, so I just pressed it flat while it was still soft. Only drawback is there is writing on the side in white... if that bothers you, you can "erase" it with a little scotch-brite or light sandpaper (do it before you shrink it on and it'll be easier).

Hope you like...


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OldddffAASSTT the Spin Master Extraordinaire and American Lock Slayer

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Post Tue Jan 24, 2017 2:18 am

Re: Easy comfy plastic pick handles

I've used heat-shrink tubing before... but was not aware of this thicker version. Nice. Thanks for sharing.
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