Mild steel with an insert of high carbon tool steel
Engraving Made Easy
If you have ever been frustrated trying to engrave using european gravers that can slip on the shell surface then you may really like this alternative.
Here in Viet Nam they have used these very simple engraving tools for many years.
They are made from mild steel with an insert of high carbon tool steel (Like that used in Japanese chisels) welded into each of two opposite ends.
They hold an edge very well but if needed you can switch to the other end.
You must be careful not to stick yourself with the end not being used.
The beauty of these is that you use your finger or thumb as a fulcrum point. That will give you very good control and help avoid the slipping and scratches cause by western tools when they slip out of control.
You can watch the attached short video showing how this tool is used.
For those of you who have welding skills and the equipment available this is an easy tool to make.
If you are not able to do that we sell these for $20.00 each.
Sam & Buddy Lee DePaule USA
DePaule Supply USA has been the major supply for luthiers (Stringed Instrument Makers, Guitar Builders) of Shell Blanks, Custom Shell Inlay Work, Custom Shell Logos, Pre-Cut and Pre-Engraved Shell Inlays since March of the year 2000. Owned and operated by Sam & Buddy Lee DePaule since September 2011.
We are still able to have shell Inlays and Shell Blanks sold and shipped overseas from our affiliate office in Viet Nam.
We reserve the right to change our designs in Style or Size at any time.
We also reserve the right to delete items from our inventory offerings at any time.