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1.0 out of 5 stars Doesnt work, I suspect because of rushed manufacturing of punch, 30 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Pickmaster Plectrum Punch-Make Your Own Picks (Electronics)
Bought for me as a Christmas present, this has proved almost completely useless. First card I used it got wedged inside as the cut wasn't accurate and close examination shows a small gap between the cutting head and the shape it fits into to form the plectrum shape. This cutting assembly is very heavily manufactured but if the shapes aren't accurate, then it won't cut cleanly! I saw videos of this being used at a guitar show and waited expectantly for its launch but I suspect between the show prototypes or first production run and the one I received there has been a breakdown in quality control. I have tried it on a variety of plastics and to make a useable pick you would have to use some special plastic in my opinion and it probably wouldn't work even then half the time. If you try it with a plastic card as shown in the photos then it just isn't accurately enough manufactured. Using thinner plastic like the packaging it came with, the poor manufacturing tolerances meant the plastic stretched and wedged between the two halves of the cutter and took ages to free.

If you did manage to 'cleanly' cut a pick, the edges are usually so rounded and rough that it is pretty useless. The instructions tell you to strum with it for a bit to wear these off but do you really want to wreck your £15 Elixirs by using them as sandpaper?

The concept is sound and the ones I saw on the trade show videos clearly worked but this is an object lesson in outsourcing manufacturing to another country. The construction is heavy enough but if the cutter and the die do not match up, you get this poor quality version. Beware and wait until the mark 2 comes out. Mine is being returned ASAP and I will go back to buying picks.
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