Altho I am not a bit maker, I have been designing and recreating bits, so they have the feel I want. FOR over 30 years I have been studying bits. It is only now, that others have started to understand not just the importance of shanks, or mouth pieces, but also PURCHASE.....I have one of the largest working bit collections, over ninty percent being handmade.~~~~~ I helped Smith Brothers with their first bit catalog, discussing the parts and purposes of each bit. One of the first of it's kind. I believe every individual horse needs a bit that fits his training level and aids during competion. No two horses are the same at any given time.~~~~~~ It is also important to know that having good hands makes a huge difference on the bit you use for your horse. Working on your feel and horsemanship can make all the difference in bitting a horse.~~~~~Keep your eyes out for a new chain bit, distributed thru National Roping Supply. Marketed by  Tommy Blessing...but Jack designed this bit many years ago, and he graciously allowed him to copy it.  >>>> NRS's one is mass produced, but if you want a handmade, silver bit, with purchase, shanks and mouthpieces to your specification, then give Jack a call....We are somewhat "BIT SNOBS", but you can always tell how   knowlegeble one is  by the equipment you ride....The further you get into horses and horsemanship, the more quality your tools become.  And while not always the case....the higher quality they are, the results are better too...