I am glad I found this forum. I play both classical and steel string guitar.
It isn't the playing that messes up my nails. I'm a machinery fabricator. I build machinery from scratch, so I work with steel at my job. I also do my own vehicle maintenance. Both occupations make it a problem to keep nails long enough to pick. Inevitably I'll bang or hang a nail and it will tear or chip; then I feel crippled when I try to play guitar.
I just can't get the hang of conventional steel or plastic finger picks. I like to feel the strings as I'm playing, and I consider it almost a sin to use solid finger picks on a classical guitar. There's just an intimacy that comes from playing a guitar without picks that is lost when using them. I know that you know what I mean. Consequently, I've been looking for picks exactly like those described in this article.
I found some similar picks on e - b a y that looked promising (see photo), but they are only available from the UK through e - b a y; and they look a bit clunky to me. I really wanted something that brought the strike point closer to my nails. Then I found the ad on e - b a y for the "butterfly" finger picks and decided to try them. Before I order, though, I wanted to see if there was any mention of these picks on any guitar forum; so I Googled "butterfly finger picks" and found this thread.
Thank you, HNLim, for the good information. I agree that it's worth the price of the picks to try them. If I don't like them, I'm just out the price of the picks. If I like them, then I'm better off and have the solution to my problem well in hand, if you'll pardon the pun.
This thread has convinced me to try the butterfly finger picks. Thanks a bunch to all of you guys.
Oh. You all may already know about this trick, but I've found that it really helps strengthen my nails and takes away a lot of their brittleness to either eat a serving or two of gelatin each day. It has really helped me to strengthen my nails. Unfortunately, it's still no match to the beating my nails get from my job. The best solution for that is to wear gloves; but in my line of work, where touch is just as important as sight in fitting and fine-tuning small machined machinery parts, gloves are sometimes impractical.