Handmade premium heavy gauge finger picks designed at Landis Studios.


Ron Landis has combined his experience as a die engraver and his love for music to develop the best picks possible. For the past four years Landis has experimented and produced several prototypes and has come up with a great recipe for a new style of finger picks. These picks can be acquired in a silver alloy for better tone, thicker blades for more power and better response with hemispherical ends to help compensate for angle of attack. An inner liner of small teeth that virtually eliminate slipping even when picking hard. Not to mention they have the look and feel of fine jewelry. That’s because they’re made like jewelry.


Up until now, fingerpicks have basically remained unchanged for 80+ years. Most all commercially available picks are produced the same way, from the same materials everyone else has available to them. They start with a roll of coil stock and feed the thin strip of material through a press outfitted with a set of progressive die stamping operations that cut and bend the picks into their final shape. They go in one end as a strip of metal and come out the other end as finished picks. Manufacturers buy the coil stock in thicknesses that work easily for the process. So basically, all the picks available are .025” nickel, brass or stainless steel. Some makers offer thinner picks, but most serious players use the heaviest available which is .025”


At Landis Studios, we also use presses to make the picks, but they are different kind of presses used in a very different way. Instead of just bending thin sheet into shapes, we are compressing the metal from both sides, much like the way coins are made. By making them this way, we can control the thickness in different areas so that they’re thicker in the blades but with a band that’s thin enough to adjust fairly easily. Also, by using high tonnage coining presses, we can apply various designs much like coins, but more importantly, we can raise up the teeth for the inside of the bands.

Hand Crafted Finger Picks - Shield

Single or Pair
Custom Engraving
Blade Shape
  • FAQ
    1. Is there sizing required or are they adjustable?

    If your ‘regular’ picks normally overlap, you should have the bands cut shorter. The inner teeth work the best when they make full contact all the way around. We’ll be happy to work with you on sizing matters if you can describe how much shorter you need. This is done at no extra charge. It works the best on the Death Grip style since the bands are plain at the ends. The shield style may cut into the ornamental work if they’re shortened too much.

    As far as adjustability, keep in mind that only the blades are twice as thick as ‘regular’ picks. The bands are fairly thick too, but have been thinned enough to be adjustable. Before final shaping, the picks are annealed to make them more pliable for shaping and to reduce metal fatigue which extends the life of the picks.

    2. What’s the difference between the Death Grip and the Silver Shield model other than design?

    No difference except the design. We hope to introduce some more options in the near future including a gospel model called the Silver Cross and perhaps even some commemorative, limited edition picks further down the road.

    3. Is there a difference between nickel and silver other than the appearance?

    People tend to prefer the silver picks for a warmer or ‘darker’ tone, and nickel for a brighter tone. I prefer the silver picks for banjo and steel guitar but I use the nickel picks for dobro. But that’s MY personal preference. Either way you go, you should notice a vast improvement in tone, looks and feel over any picks you’ve used in the past.

    4. Do you make any picks with a sharper point?

    We can do custom modifications on request. Extreme points we call “The Claw” are done for an extra charge of $20 each. Less extreme modifications can be done for about $10 each.

    5. Can I twist the blade to adjust for my angle of attack?

    The unique blade shape automatically compensates for any angle of attack. No need for angled or twisted blades since the hemispherical ends will provide the same radius coming off the string no matter what angle of attack.

    6. Silver is very soft. Will they wear out quickly?

    The blades are twice as thick as ‘regular’ picks off the rack. One player who is a two time National Banjo Champion has been playing them for a few years now and showed me his picks recently. Although he’s never polished them, they actually look better now from the many, many hours he plays. The burnishing action of the strings kept the blades bright and shiny with no flat spots on the ends.

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