Graver sharpening question

billyProps

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If my index finger that wraps around the underside of the graver is getting jammed up when making shallow cuts, that means I need to change the angle of the heel so the handle is higher, right? Right now I’m using a 120° bevel and sharpening the heel at 22.5° with the Apex 120 disk set to the “shape“ line which gives me a parallel heel.
 

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it would be rather impossable for me to engrave with my finger under the graver. i cant think of any configuration that would work in such a situation.
 

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it would be rather impossable for me to engrave with my finger under the graver. i cant think of any configuration that would work in such a situation.
good to know. I’m interested in developing proper form.
 

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try pinching the graver between thumb and forefinger. Watch any of Sam Alfano's introductions to his videos to see how he holds his graver. Also look at Brian Powley's grip during his session on inlaying gold and other topics at an earlier Engrave-In sponsored by Scott Pilkington.
 

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I forgot to add the YouTube URL for Brian's presentation.
 

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try pinching the graver between thumb and forefinger. Watch any of Sam Alfano's introductions to his videos to see how he holds his graver. Also look at Brian Powley's grip during his session on inlaying gold and other topics at an earlier Engrave-In sponsored by Scott Pilkington.
That’s pretty comfortable. Thanks
 

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I see you've already got the essential Jack Russell Terriers, so you should be ok. I ran out of those about a year ago and my engraving has suffered since.
 

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I see you've already got the essential Jack Russell Terriers, so you should be ok. I ran out of those about a year ago and my engraving has suffered since.
I can’t imagine. Call Dyas Farms in Ohio and restock.

I looked at your work. Your use of shadows is incredible.
 

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I'm steadfastly resisting the urge to 'restock' on any sort of dogs, let alone the highly addictive JRTs (used to have SIX, yes, at one time), but some days my will wavers. They pretty much owned my life for 35 years and now I'm kinda enjoying being able to walk out the door for an hour or a month without making dog arrangements. Yesterday I got a fix providing doggy daycare for my neighbors' sweet chocolate lab mix. :)

holy &%$#! Dyas Farms is only five hours from here. that could pretty much ruin life as i know it...
 

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It is unfortunate that doggy care has gotten so expensive that it is actually less expensive to give your dog away when you go on vacation and get another when you get back. HOWEVER, who can take that emotional roller coaster? The moral of the story is that dog owners need to find compatible dog owners and have play dates during the year, so that they can trade off boarding dogs with each other when vacation time rolls around--and the dogs will think they are on vacation!
 

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i sent the Dyas Farms link to several fellow JRT fans with an offer to pick up & deliver any 'purchases', but haven't gotten any takers. $1200 apiece. yikes. they all were wowed at the handsome little dogs, tho...
 

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i sent the Dyas Farms link to several fellow JRT fans with an offer to pick up & deliver any 'purchases', but haven't gotten any takers. $1200 apiece. yikes. they all were wowed at the handsome little dogs, tho...
That’s all it takes... just start looking at the puppy pictures.
 

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We had two dogs in our earlier days, a purebred Black Lab and a Cocker Spaniel mixed breed (dog pound special) and when they both died within 6 months of each other and the kids left home, we decided to take a break from caring for another one (or two!) for a while. Of course we miss the companionship, but being able to go and do things together without having to find care for them was a blessing in disguise, as we got to know each other better. We're thinking of trying another stab with dogs, but we still want to travel and see the country without having to place them in "doggy jail," as my son calls it.
 

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