Engraving


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SaintDavid
January 11, 2005, 08:06 PM
I am wondering about types of engraving, methods and tools. Also sources for info tools etc. Thanks in advance.

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dfariswheel
January 11, 2005, 10:29 PM
A good source for tools, books, and info is Brownell's Gunsmith Supply:
http://www.brownells.com

There are a variety of types of engraving ranging from the "real" engraving where hardened gravers and small hammers are used to actually cut tiny grooves into the metal, to modern laser "engraving".
There's also acid-etch work, punch-work, and machine engraving.

The top-of-the-line Master-class work is inlay-work, where precious metals are embedded in the steel, then carved and engraved.

Tooling ranges from those small gravers and hammers to modern powered rotary-hammer tools like the "GraveMeister".

An excellent book showing some of the finest engraving ever done is the book "Colt: An American Heritage" by R.L. Wilson.
Wilson's book shows engraved Colt pistols done in a wide variety of styles from the 1830's to the late 1980's.

This is available from most book sellers, and is well worth the price.

In the gun world, World-class Artist-engravers sit pretty much at the top of the heap.

Clemson
January 12, 2005, 11:05 AM
If you seriously want to get started engraving, the NRA usually has some short gunsmithing courses in engraving during the summer. These are taught at several gunsmithing schools around the country. The schedule for 2005 wont' be out until March, but the Education and Training Division will send you information as soon as plans are finalized.

Clemson

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