Engraving Tools

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The proper engraving tools make crafting your own novelty items a whole lot easier. Whether you're carving or engraving wood designs, wall hangings, or custom furniture, you need a dependable tool that's calibrated for precision work and features a comfortable grip as well. Because so much skill is involved with hand engraving, ergonomics factor more heavily into the equation than they do with other wood working tools.

One of the more popular pieces of equipment is the Turbo Carver, a lightweight and tactile handheld instrument that's designed for small-scale work. The Turbo Carver works not just on wood, but bone, metal, leather, and other common engraving surfaces as well. It easily handles wood inlay, scrimshaw, and just about any other decorative art you can conceive of.

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If you can use a pen or stylus, you'll have no trouble with the Turbo Carver, which looks and feels just like any other writing implement. But the technology behind it includes several innovative features such as an anti-contamination device that keeps dirt from building up by the tip, as well as a microns-wide filter as a backup mechanism. Thanks to these devices there's no need to disassemble and clean your bearings as you must with other types of engraving tools.

All good woodworking power tools require some mechanism for dissipating heat, and your engraving tools are no different. Be sure to choose a device with a regulator valve that keeps airflow constant through its bearings. When you get up to hundreds of thousands of RPM, you'll be thankful for a dependable alert system to keep your tools intact.


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