Here in Norway it is spring right now, and the snow has almost melted away, still on the mountain tops though. It is getting warm and nice outside. Since I bought your Air Chasing Graver in September 2000, I have been practicing after work, I have tried to sit down for a couple of hours with my new hobby. My family has also learned how to cook their own dinner :-) ( I feel like a lousy wife and mother sometimes, but just for a second or two, it passes quickly. :-D ) The local blacksmith provide me with knife blades to practice with, they are from 6 to 10 cm long, and I try to keep close to our traditionally rose painting style. This is familiar to me, and therefore easier for me to draw/engrave in the beginning. Have bought the book from Meek, tried to read it, takes some time though, reading English is not what I do every day. I do not know of any other engravers close to me ( living kind of far away from any city ), and all there is to compare with, I have found on the internet, in gunsmith stores and in books, and you all are so good. It's a long way to go, I know, and a lot of hours of practicing, but there is no way I will give up this. This is so fun !! I have not experimented much with all the different adjustments on the tool yet, just kept the adjustment mostly the way you have done. Have to take one thing at the time, and decided to find out some basics on how to engrave simple patterns first. I send you a picture of one of my knife blades, This is number seven I engraved.
Sending you a big hug for creating
such a tool.
Interesting thing I learned
tonight :) I started on this Colt auto tonight and I cut one entire small
design, in that little area behind the grooves to pull the slide back, on this
tougher steel with the Classic and the graver didn't break once!!! And I was
using my old brittle carbide gravers!!! So, the only conclusion I can come to
is that your tools cut so much smoother helping prevent tool breakage with
better speeds than other companies handpieces:) If I was using theirs I know I
would have had to re-sharpen several times. The more I use your tools the more
I like them:) That carbide mix gravers of yours ought to last just about
forever in your tools. Will keep you posted.
When I first saw the Air graver on
Lindsay's web site, I just knew it was "right". It had the right look and now
that I have one I know it has the right feel as well. If I were to make an
impact tool for engraving it wouldn't be shaped like a Cuban cigar with a bit
stuck in the end of it, and twice as long. It would look like Lindsay's
masterpiece. Not to knock anyone else's equipment but to best explain what I
mean, go look at the apparatus on the market that runs off a flex shaft for
instance and compare it to the Air graver. Now which one would you rather have
your fist around trying to cut intricate detail? I thought so, and I rest my
case. If anyone thinks it may be too small for anything but a light blow, let
me say this. I took a roughly shaped blank and cut some half-hard brass with
it. I wanted to see how deep it would cut with full throttle so I poured the
coal to it and aimed it south. I had a hole dug half way to china before I got
my foot off the gas pedal.