sometimes when i can't find a pick and i'm drunk enough i'll play with a coin or this little metal pendant that i've got... always get some wierd sounds out of the guitar when you use an uncommon medium for picking the strings... probably not so great for the strings but i had to play at the time.
Strings break for a variety of reasons:
- flailing strumming hand
- hard pick attack
- never stretched well
- acid from fingers (yes, it only takes 4 hours on mine)
- burr on brige
- cut on nut (well, it rhymes)
yes now that you mention it i do remember seeing it say "tortis" pics....
i guess i just have been lucky with the strings then...
i play alot so my strings get bumps above the frets before they even get old and i keep a pretty loose hand and conrolled attack so i guess thats good, never really knew about the oils from the hands though