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Old 01-02-2008, 04:53 PM
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Default Hello from Vancouver, WA

Hello all, I am a newbie engraver from Vancouver, WA and am into Custom Knives as a hobby. I would like to engrave the bolsters and maybe some blades and know nothing about engraving.

So, with that, I have a couple of questions...

1. Money is tight, so what is the lowest price "Good" vise?
2. Should I try and buy a Palm Control, or should I learn the "old fashioned" way and do it by hand?
3. Are there any good books that will explain the different gravers and what they are used for?
4. Do you really need a microscope? If so, what is a good quality, but relatively in-expensive one to start with.

I don't want to go all out on these things as I may find that engraving is not for me.

Well, I think that will do it for a start.

Thanks!

Mike
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Old 01-03-2008, 07:57 PM
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Default Re: Hello from Vancouver, WA

Welcome Mike,
Here is a link to the resource page. It may help.
http://www.engravingforum.com/showthread.php?t=419

The learning curve with the PalmControl is less since it isn't necessary to push so hard which can cause slips, however check out the
inexpensive way to give it a try thread

If your eyes are good then it may be easier to learn without a scope and ony use a head magnifier/optivisior. There is information about various scopes in this thread:
http://www.engravingforum.com/showthread.php?t=1177

Engraving vises/blocks:
http://www.handgravers.com/vises.htm

http://www.gesswein.com/catalog/catalog.cfm?cat=15&sub=7&subsub=4&catalog=1&CFID=619512&CFTOKEN=80917258

http://shorinternational.com/EngravingBlockshtm.htm

Steve

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