Magnum vs 901 hand piece face off

billyProps

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The lady at GRS had a handy metric for comparing the two hand pieces: the Magnum would be in a range of 15-7 or so, and the 901 would cover 10-5ish. The Monarch would cover below that. She Suggested I go with the 901. When I ordered the Graversmith, the 901s were on back order so I got the Magnum to see if I like it better while I wait for The 901. I can’t imagine needing finer control than this Magnum offers. I‘m kind of a butcher right now though, so maybe I need that top end power taken away? Would the 901 force me to explore a lighter touch? Trying to form good habits early on.
 

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The lady at GRS had a handy metric for comparing the two hand pieces: the Magnum would be in a range of 15-7 or so, and the 901 would cover 10-5ish. The Monarch would cover below that. She Suggested I go with the 901. When I ordered the Graversmith, the 901s were on back order so I got the Magnum to see if I like it better while I wait for The 901. I can’t imagine needing finer control than this Magnum offers. I‘m kind of a butcher right now though, so maybe I need that top end power taken away? Would the 901 force me to explore a lighter touch? Trying to form good habits early on.
That’s a matter of what you will engrave. If you are doing motorcycle part etc, sure the magnum is great. The 901 is your 95 percent of the time piece for most people including our benevolent dictator. You say a butcher right now, but engraving is all about finesse and control. Try your rpms and pressure at a lower rate to experiment if you don’t have the chance to take a class.
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-Matt E.
 

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The Magnum is great for heavy work as we have noted in the past. For me, it's too large for my hand to do really fine shading and smaller detailed work. I suppose I could adapt to it if it was all I had, but the 901 is gold standard in engraving handpieces as far as I'm concerned. It's capable of ultra fine work and is the best hammering handpiece for heavy sculpting I've ever used. That's one guy's opinion. Your mileage may vary.
 

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billyProps

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The Magnum is great for heavy work as we have noted in the past. For me, it's too large for my hand to do really fine shading and smaller detailed work. I suppose I could adapt to it if it was all I had, but the 901 is gold standard in engraving handpieces as far as I'm concerned. It's capable of ultra fine work and is the best hammering handpiece for heavy sculpting I've ever used. That's one guy's opinion. Your mileage may vary.
Thank you, Sam. I’m thinking I’m going to go with the 901 once it comes in.

I’m actually using your Nuremberg scroll design from the drawing archives as a reference this morning for practice drawing scrolls.
 

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After two weeks with the 901, then switching back to the Magnum, it’s like driving a Cadillac. Really hard to decide which one I like best.
 

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