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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Fitting/adjusting finger picks


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starrett - Posted - 06/14/2023:  13:55:06


The banjo player Ricky Mier mentioned that he bends up the end of the bands on his finger picks so they don't overlap for a better fit. I tried it and it works for me.

I used a small pair of needle nose pliers to bend up the end of the bands.

Then I used a parallel jaw pliers with smooth jaws and with one jaw flat and the other jaw half round to further adjust the bands to get an exact fit for each finger. These pliers make it easy to eliminate a pressure point and get even pressure across the back of the finger.


thisoldman - Posted - 06/14/2023:  15:24:19


Interesting idea. As a lover of tools, I had to look up these pliers. Apparently used in Jewelry making (and perhaps other uses), about 15-$20 or so on Amazon.

rminke - Posted - 06/14/2023:  19:20:55


Ring bending pliers - really make fine tuning your picks easy & they don't scratch them up. Find them on Amazon. 


banjoec - Posted - 06/15/2023:  05:16:56


Where's the like button. Good idea.

Ric in Richmond - Posted - 06/17/2023:  20:48:41


Several years ago a the father of one of my friends passed away. My friend had a bucket of tools he had gathered from his dad inventory. He was a jeweler and a major antique car restorer.



He told all his friends to pick out a tool to remember his dad by...



I reached into the bucket of tools and pulled out pair of pliers.



One one side I found a ball about the size of the tip of your finger...and on the other side a curved anvil. Out of the dozens of hand tools I pulled the one tool I knew would be perfect for bending picks.  I think it was used for forming curved/ hollow  jewelry pieces.



I've never seen another one like it and it perfectly bends picks and never leaves a flat or ridge....


Edited by - Ric in Richmond on 06/17/2023 20:50:43

nc2va2nc - Posted - 06/18/2023:  05:33:32


Ric in Richmond , do you have a photo of the pliers?

Ric in Richmond - Posted - 06/18/2023:  08:24:35


Here you go!!!





nc2va2nc - Posted - 06/18/2023:  10:45:42


So cool!

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