Maybe higher priced lines don't burn when pull through the groove in your finger.
The sharkskin line feels like 200 grit sandpaper. It is the most I've ever spent on a line.
Maybe I am just being wimpy.
You are. Man up. And stop using that Lippa tool to "protect" the fish and just admit you're scared to touch them...
When you guys strip line, do you relax your stripping finger momentarily? That's what I do, then snap it tight at the end of the strip. Maybe that's how I can get away with it. If I was keeping tension I could see how it would burn...
Im not sure what kind of fish you fish for but regardless of the line you can get your fingers tore up pretty good from burns. In MI I primarily fish predator fish (aka Musky) and when a 50" Musky grabs your fly and runs its no joke. I had the same experience in Florida with "fast" fish like Spanish Macks, Bluefish, etc.
I will say your hands can get conditioned to it to help (aka calluses) but I still have had line burn through and cut me. I always have some tension on line so I can quickly strip set when I get a grab. Without tension I would most likely miss the fish.
To each there own! If you can fish sharkskin without em' more power to ya! That stuff is like sandpaper, no doubt there.