It will sound different if tapped with a hard object. The plastic will sound dull. Best way to tell though is a hot needle. The plastic will melt. But I agree with Matus, all the plastic ferrule handles have had exhibited awful F&F.I am having trouble differentiating the plastic and the horn ferrule apart. Could you guys give me some tip to help identify them better? Thank you.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯On a related note, the school system in Buffalo, NY apparently pays out of pocket to cover plastic surgery for all its teachers. Interesting article.
I think it's because the wood portion of the handles are made one way, optimized for the thicker horn ferule, the plastic ferules are thinner, and when the plastic ferules are applied to the wood they leave the step.The reason I think for the step is because you cannot sand plastic to even it out.
My conspiracy theory is that some--not all--of the horn handles are in fact good quality resin.This is actually interesting, because there are a lot of plastics out there, you could make perfect ferrules with plastics. You could even make it with structure if you really wanted to and with perfect fit and finish. I bet it is cost savings not the material limitation.
Yes...its a feeling 'distinguished by touch' or something 'perceptible by touch' ...Plastic is slippery, horn has grip
This subtle feeling of grip is what you are paying for with horn,Early 17th century (in the sense ‘perceptible by touch, tangible’): from Latin tactilis, from tangere ‘to touch’.