Gravers

CMaddox

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As I am hopefully getting closer to tooling up, I was curious what is the best graver material for gun and knife engraving? Thank you
 

BCan

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Hello Neighbor,

These days, you can’t beat GRS for tool steel stock. Back in the olden days, here in Montana, we had a local supplier that carried 1/8” tool stock that was referred to as; Momax Cobalt bonded with Tantalum Carbide. It was a great all-around tool steel stock for gravers and could be used for cutting all sorts of things.

As you know, Tungsten steel (cemented carbide or tungsten carbide) has a series of excellent properties, such as high hardness, wear resistance, good strength and toughness, heat resistance, and corrosion resistance. Its high hardness and wear resistance are basically unchanged even at very high temperatures.

Tungsten steel, mainly composed of tungsten carbide and cobalt, accounts for 99% of all components, and 1% is other metals. Therefore, it is called tungsten steel, also known as cemented carbide, and is considered as the tooth of the modern industry for machine work.

Fastenal (online) carries the 1/8” M42 Mo-Max Cobalt HS Ground Square tool bits in packages of 10 for a little over $200-. They're only 2 1/2" long so you have to be judiciuous when shaping and sharpening. But, back to my original comment, - you can't beat GRS. Probably more than you wanted to know from this old geezer. Hope it was, at least a fun read, if not helpful.
 

tdelewis

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I always go to GRS. When carbide came on the market I didn't like them. Once you learn how to use them you will love them. I don't know where you are on the learning curve but you can make gravers out of such things as old files old drills or other hard tool steel items.
 

CMaddox

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I always go to GRS. When carbide came on the market I didn't like them. Once you learn how to use them you will love them. I don't know where you are on the learning curve but you can make gravers out of such things as old files old drills or other hard tool steel items.
Thank you. I have taken a class, but brand new.
 

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