thanks jWell I have nothing to back up my assumptions, but if I were to hazard a guess I'd venture a yes, a good thing.
The whole point is to get the chalk to stay on the tip. If a pick means I can get tiny little bits of chalk filling tiny little holes on the tip surface, I can't think of a down side.
I'm sure I'm over stating the whole "embed the chalk" concept. Just figured the pick makes holes, and I push the chalk into the them, so it must fill them to some degree...lol
how much an effect it has either way, I don't know
but instinctively, I don't like my food mixed up
as it was designed, let the tip be the tip
if I want the chalk to stay on
I pick a good one (master), and apply well
that seems to work ok enough
but then maybe chalk+tip is a tasty combo, so I ask ^_^