Alright.....so I'm not alone in this.....makes me feel better....hahaha. With the Tortex .88s, I don't like them brand new very much. With a bit of time, they wear a bit and develop a curve. Not much of one, but enough that they aren't completely flat when on a table. It's enough that I can feel it when I hold it. That's when they are perfect.....but then the tip wears down and one side develops a fine edge. They should be retired at that point, but I keep using them instead of grabbing a fresh one. I don't know if I have ever noticed a tone difference between a new pick and a worn one (of the same type of course). I know that my picking techniques changes a bit. I've never had one develop a snag and break a string....but then again, I haven't broken a string on a PRS guitar at the nut or bridge.