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(830) Review: Southern Specialities BD-14


Southern Specialities BD-14


Material Quality5.0
Reader Rating: ( 4 votes ) 4.1


Lots of you asked for this and, despite not-so-good experiences with Southern Specialty picks in previous reviews, I placed my order.  This is from their “Black Diamond” series and are made from 1074 spring steel in 0.021″ thickness.  The handles have a kind of zig-zag, or wave but it is purely aesthetic and serves no functional purpose.  At the $35 price point I expected quite a bit more from this kit and was more than a little disappointed in a few things:

  1.  The website description says 14 picks and two tension wrenches in a leather case.  That was not true.  There are only 12 picks and the case is made from cheap plastic.  Not a deal killer, but not accurate either.
  2. At this price point we should expect stainless steel, not spring steel, which is weaker and tends to rust.
  3. Two “fluff”, or junk picks.
  4. No Bogota… what else can I say…?

I liked the selection of hooks, it is probably one of the best we’ve seen so far.  But that doesn’t outweigh all of the negatives of this kit.  Before becoming a diamond, there is black COAL, and that’s a bit more accurate description of the BD-14.   There are MUCH better choices out there and I’d advise you to pass this one by.




  1. would be a great kit for me to carry around been looking for a decent one dont really mind polishing it up just adds to the fun

  2. I would love too win any set just starting a new hobby u need all the help u can get. Thanks for all the time u put in for us!!!!

  3. Continued good work with reviews. Thanks, Bill. People like me rely on knowledgeable reviews and information you provide.

  4. I really need something cheap since I keep breaking picks. Please send me this durable set!

  5. These look like a nice beginner set of picks. I need a decent set of picks, I’ve been working with a set I’ve gotten for 3 bucks from a website.

  6. Nice review. I have a few of this mfg. picks. I like them . Like the web site too. Keep up the good work!

  7. Nice but the wavey handles look like they got run over by a tracked cat ! Love to have em to give away to a ukls newbie!

  8. I don’t like spring steel as a pick, it’s not as durable or non reactive as stainless steel. The corrugated handles are another issue especially if they have any sharp edges, sanding them smooth would be a nightmare. Stainless is the standard best, although there are many types or grades, perhaps something worth a video about. Thanks

  9. Awesome review as usual. Detailed enough and under 10 minutes!! The handles are a bit weird but look very good. I would like to have this set if I am picked at random and I will clean them up. The DeForest diamond looks a bit sharp. Finish overall looks a bit sharp on all picks.

  10. The picks look like fun to play with… but how does the bending come in to play when using them? better grip… I feel like I might bend them right and left…

  11. Cool to look at , and the deforest is a nice touch, but c'mon SS, just one bogota would instantly up the reviews of this pick set :)

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