Thursday, April 7, 2016

Pick Punch Standard 351 Guitar Pick Maker Review


Today we are looking at a tool that is a little nutty, and that may not make the most sense in the world, but I love it anyway. It is none other that The Pick Punch Standard 351, a tool that allows you to make your own guitar picks.

The Pick Punch is a heavy duty handheld or desktop device that is a step or two above the paper hole punches that we have all used at one time or another. But this one has heavier cutting blades and a die that will pop a nearly endless supply of guitar pick shaped pieces of plastic stock. Where are you going to get this plastic stock? Well, you could buy it from the Pick Punch people, or from sellers on eBay or Etsy, but what is the fun in that? I get great satisfaction from cutting up old credit cards or the endless supply of promotional faux credit cards that banks and the cable company keep sending me in the mail.

This appears to be a quality tool, and I have a hard time imagining it ever wearing out. It punches out picks without too much effort, though the edges can tend to be a little rough. I like smoothing them a bit and beveling the edges with a piece of sandpaper before using them. There is actually a little chunk of sandpaper built into the base of the punch, or a nail file works too.

The Standard 351 got its name because that it the shape of picks that it punches out, but there are other models available that will do triangular (rounder or pointy corners), teardrops, those little jazz picks, and even shirt collar stays.

The Pick Punch Standard 351 sells for $20 or $25, depending on where you buy it. Of course, you could buy a lot of picks for 25 bucks, but this is fun, and it would be a great gift for the guitarist in your life. Really!


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