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Old 02-26-2014, 04:14 PM   #1
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I was what everyone's opinion was on what is a good engraver to start with. I understand they are not cheap but don't want to start by buying the best. Just looking for best value.


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Old 02-26-2014, 10:06 PM   #2
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What are you engraving?
Machine engraving, or hand engraving?
Decorative or lettering?
Are you looking for someone to do engraving for you?
Are you looking for an engraving machine or system?

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Once in a blue moon, Mr. Ken Hurst drops by. Have had the pleasure of being in his shop a number of years ago, and watching the engravers work.

What they used were very good vises that could rotate in any axis and lock there, scribers, very small chisels, and very small hammers. They carved in steel.

The one machine I have seen that came even close to their work has been around a long time, sells for about $2,400, and is the Gravermeister. I'm certain there are others, but all rely on the skill of the engraver, not magic in the machine.

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What I'm asking about is the hand held engravers. Some are air powered others are electric. I'm just looking for a decent affordable unit to start practicing with. A good engraver still will have a hard time using substandard tools. I wouldn't engrave a firearm till I am able to do good work on practice material first and I'm not looking for a computer operated machine to do the work for me.


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I see. I would suggest the NGraver machine. It runs off a flexible shaft machine. It is quite capable of doing excellent work, and is the least expensive machine.

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