What to do with old picks?

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  1. Sumsar

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    I am sure I am not the only one that have a ton of old picks lying around that has been halfway turned to dust, so they are not really usable anymore, since I prefer sharp picks (I use tortex sharps 1.35mm :lol: ) So what to do with old picks? Just throw them in the trash? Put them in the recycled plastic bin? What do you do? Have them magically disappear like at least half my picks does over time?
     
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    The Life Cycle of a Guitar Pick:

    Cup on top of my amp -> Inside guitar case/bag -> Haphazardly thrown in back pocket -> Offered when asked if I have one to borrow -> Tool to scrape with -> Place on top of amp at jam room for community use -> Pick heaven?

    I don't think I've ever actually thrown out a pick. Their use and how much I'm willing to risk losing them changes until they mysteriously disappear or become someone else's property.
     
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    This. I don't know if I've ever had to decide to throw away a pick. They just have a way of disappearing. Like wolves, they wander off from the pack when they're too old to be of use. :lol:
     
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    Haha nope I have never thrown one out either, but still with only 80% of picks finding ways to better places on their own, I have actually accumulated a good supply the ~12 years I have been playing electric guitar (my fingers which I used to play classical with are still attached to my hand)
     
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    Creepy, I also for one can't remember ever actually throwing a pick to a garbage bin but then on the other hand I think I still own the very first pick I ever owned, a grey nylon Dunlop one, that the store gave me for free when I got my first guitar.

    One thing I've done with worn out picks is to use them to block the floyds on my guitars. Just measure the right amount of picks and wrap some tape over them and there you go. :lol:
     
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    This thread is now making me think of how much useless little pieces of plastic are in the world now thanks to us. Mountains of guitars picks :lol:
     
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    Front page of Nature 2020: No Such Thing as Microplastic in the oceans and wilds, turns out to just be billions of old guitar picks.
     
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    Necklace for your ho(es)
     
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    Yes, that would distract your old lady for a few hours. :yesway:
     
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    make dad rock guitar hero portraits(hendrix,etc) out of picks and sell the portraits. profit. buy more picks
     
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    I usually flick them at the drummer.
     
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    I have thrown out a couple.
     
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    I drag mine in a wide arc across the carpet to sharpen them and keep on using them
     
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    My old apartment used to have a medicine cabinet with one of those slots in the back of it where you are supposed to throw away your old disposable razors. A few old picks wenge through there.
     
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    Disposable razors... now there's one product that I never understood

    Who buys them in bulk and why?
     
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    Eh, I've tried sharpening razor blades, but it makes them too short for my preferred razor. They're also dirt cheap, so might as well use a fresh one.

    If you mean those all-in-one plastic razors with non-removable blade, I keep some on hand for my EMR kit. Some folks use them for travel.
     
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    We got one of those clear Christmas ornaments you find a hobby stores around the Holidays and filled it with the unused picks in my collection.

    Other than that... I like my .60mm Maxx Grips but it's good to have different options in case I want a different feel.
     
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    To be clear, I meant disposable razor *blades*.
     
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    Throw them in the bin?
     

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