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 Graver Sharpening 

Lindsay Patented Uniform Parallel Point™ is a V shaped graver point with relieved heels that works with any width V graver point.
U.S. Patent # 7,032,586

Link: Benefits and improvements of the patented point

The FoolProof Graver Sharpener is simple, quick, inexpensive and most of all repeatable dead-on accurate in reproducing the patented Uniform Parallel Point™

Scroll down below for the Lindsay sharpener options various templates.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING THE SHARPENER

Click arrow in images to play video

 

 

For ColletMaster™ sharpener fixture visit ColletMaster.com
 


FoolProof™ Graver Sharpener
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING THE SHARPENER

Sharpening FoolProof Fixture (aka Lindsay sharpening fixture) with Universal 116 degree template, without stones $89 add_to_cart.gif

Sharpening FoolProof fixture (aka Lindsay sharpening fixture) alone without templates (this is the metal portion that holds the templates and graver) $66.00  add_to_cart.gif
Does not include template.  Order templates further down on this page

Instructions for using the sharpener

Customization: The standard fixture will hold 3/32" square and 3/32" round.  Use the button on the right to order a customized fixture to hold 1/8" round shanks. It is $25 more than a $66 standard one.  Once customized it will not hold 3/32" square or 3/32" round well any longer, but only 1/8" round.   Other customization is possible. Contact us.

Customize FoolProof fixture to hold 1/8" round shanks, 
$25 Additional ($66 plus $25)
 
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Thumbs screw -  For collet nose or standard  nose.   Can be used in place of set screws.  $0.50  add_to_cart.gif

Why thumb screw from plastic?  We used to use metal ones but for thumb screws we have learned the plastic actually hold better. They do not vibrate and don't need to be tightened as much since the threads have some give.  Particularity when used in the ArtGraver noses, collets.



 

Colored graver beads are good for several uses. Use them to help identify your gravers. Also set them at the proper distance for resharpening with the FoolProof™ fixture. They are free when ordered with something else on the site.  However you need to add them to your cart, to let us know you would like a bag of them.
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Knurled Nut
Replace the hex nut on your FoolProof sharpening fixture. 
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FoolProof Sharpener set with one template and four bench stones

Includes: FoolProof fixture (aka Lindsay sharpening fixture) with all four diamond bench stones (260, 600, 1200, 2000), and the Universal 116 degree V template. $225 add_to_cart.gif

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FoolProof Sharpener set with four basic templates

Includes: FoolProof fixture (aka Lindsay sharpening fixture) with all four diamond bench stones (260, 600, 1200, 2000), plus 4 templates: Universal 116 degree, Detailing 96 degree, 105 degree, and Flat & Knife Combo template. $294add_to_cart.gif

 

 
Quick Resharpening

 

Spend more time engraving and less time being a mathematician and sharpening!  View above video how graver beads and thumbscrews speed up sharpening. 

Use graver beads for a length stop in the FoolProof sharpener. They together with a template sets the angle your point is ground at automatically. Fast repeatable grinding. Engravers will initially sharpen a new graver and from then on if that graver is used every day it may get resharpened 3 to 20 times. That is 1100 to 7000 times a year! Using a graver bead on each graver in the correct location makes resharpening fast,
particularity when also together a thumbscrew.



Before shipping we coat the brass well with stop rust and tarnish cream. You may use a soft cloth to remove the excess. Removing it completely with a solvent isn't recommended as it would leave the brass exposed and it might tarnish. Tarnish does not hurt the function of the tool, only the color..
 

 

Sharpening Bead Setter
Easily tweak sharpener template angles with this bead setter. For use with FoolProof fixture (aka Lindsay sharpening fixture). To use: insert graver into desired hole and push in to automatically set proper length. Depending on the hole used, it will raise or lower the included angle of the point. Settings are -2.5, + 2.5 and +8. There is also a setting of default 0 which is the same as original. For use with various Lindsay templates that are labeled: 1.25" point extend. 

 FoolProof Sharpener Bead Setter (brass fixture in photo only) $84 add_to_cart.gif

Order thumbscrews and free graver beads below.



Stop rust & tarnish cream 2-oz tube $19.95
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Stop rust & tarnish. Use to help prevent corrosion of steel, brass and copper.  Use it to wipe on metal to hope prevent rust or tarnish.   A good method to apply is cut a rag approx 3"x3" square and coat it well with the cream working it through the rag.    Use it wipe down the object.  Store the rag in a plastic bag that can then be reused.   The cream is non toxic.   However, if you are allergic to sheep's wool it could cause an allergic reaction.

Photos on left are of a bead placed in the proper position with using the +8 included angle hole in the bead setter sold above.   Note it is a lower setting (extended out less) than default will that in will create a blunter  included point angle for a stronger tip.  Click to enlarge.

Why thumb screw from plastic?  We used to use metal ones but for thumb screws we have learned the plastic actually holds better.  They do not vibrate and don't need to be tightened as much since the threads have some give.  Particularity when used in the ArtGraver noses, collets. 

Plastic thumb screw -  For collet nose or standard  nose handpieces.  Also these are used in the sharpener.   $0.50  add_to_cart.gif

Colored graver beads are good for several uses. Use them to help identify your gravers. Also set them at the proper distance for resharpening with the FoolProof™ fixture (aka Lindsay sharpening fixture) .  They are free when ordered with something else on the site.  However you need to add them to your cart, to let us know you would like a bag of them.
 $0.00 Free BeadsAdd To Cart


 

Diamond bench stones sold individually for use with Graver Sharpener

Bench stone 260 diamond grit (6" x 2" x 1/2") $39 add_to_cart.gif
Bench stone 600 diamond grit (6" x 2" x 1/2") $39 add_to_cart.gif
Bench stone 1200 diamond grit (6" x 2" x 1/2") $39 add_to_cart.gif
Bench stone 2000 diamond grit (6" x 2" x 1/2") $39
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Ceramic Bench Stone (8"x2"x1/2")
$59

 

About Lindsay Graver Sharpener Templates

The various templates are used with the metal sharpening fixture show above ($66).   Just one metal fixture is needed and is used with any of the templates. 


Templates for Uniform Parallel point™ will provide a point with a nominal: 45 degree face, 16.5 degree high heel.  The face and heel can be changed in the fixture by simply reducing the graver length protruding from the fixture.  With all the templates grind more on the points taper facets to make a smaller faced point as desired.


Templates: Left to Right. Click photo to enlarge
Top row: Universal, Roland Baptist gold inlay, Dario Cortini bulino, and Caligraphy. 
Bottom row: Round point, 70 degree bulino, Phil Coggan Bulino, Detailing, and Flat/knife.    

 

"Calligraphy"
123 V

Uniform Parallel point™$23
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Uniform Parallel Point™ information

"Universal"
116 V

Uniform Parallel point™(this template is the one that is included with the sharpening fixture) $23
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Uniform Parallel Point™ information

"Detailing"
96 V

Uniform Parallel point™$23
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Uniform Parallel Point™ information

 

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80V $24
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100V $24add_to_cart.gif
105V $24
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110V $24
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120V $24
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Bulino Template Set
Includes the most popular of the V templates used to make bulino points in a set.  Includes: 80V, 90V, 105V, 120V and the Phil Coggan Bulino template.
Bulino Set $99
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Stipple Templates: Used to make a 3/32" square graver blank into a stipple point

R. Baptiste square stipple $16 Add To Cart
Small Hex stipple $16 Add To Cart
Large Hex stipple $16 Add To Cart
Round stipple $16 Add To Cart
Stipple set (includes all four) $56 Add To Cart

The templates to the left are for grinding various width V Lindsay patented Uniform Parallel points. These templates are also used to make various width bulino dot gravers by not utilizing the two primary heel facets on the template.


Phil Coggan Bulino

Bulino point. Similar to Dario Cortini bulino with shallower facets.
$21
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Information about this point on the engraving forum.

Dario Cortini Bulino

 Similar to Phil Coggan's Bulino with steeper facets
$21
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Information about this point on the engraving forum.

Inverted Bulino Points

Inverted Bulino Graver Points
These are somewhat similar to the above Phil Coggan and Dario Cortini points.  (click photo to enlarge)


80 degree V inverted point template
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90 degree V inverted point template
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100 degree V inverted point template
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105 degree V inverted point template
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110 degree V inverted point template
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Set of all five inverted point templates
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70 V Bulino

Uniform Parallel Point™$27 add_to_cart.gifview_cart.gif
(Used with a heel for lines or without a heel for bulino dots)   Face angle is 55 degrees for a stronger tip.
Uniform Parallel Point™ information

Flat & Knife Combo

For making flats or a small undercut gold inlay graver (used in the method of undercutting by removing metal)
$23
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Parallel Flat

Parallel Flat Template. This is similar to the above but it makes parallel sides similar to a more traditional flat graver. 
$23
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Round Point

 For making a round bottom graver.
$23
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 Information about this and other points on the engraving forum.

Roland Baptiste gold inlay point

For making an undercut chisel. This is used in the method of undercutting by displacing metal rather than the method of removing metal.
$27
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Information about Roland's point on the engraving forum.
Roland's video
Thread 1
Thread 2
Thread 3 with video   

Ray Cover Templates

Ray Cover, Background Flat  (Use with Ray Cover taper template) $23 add_to_cart.gif 

Ray Cover, BrightCut (Use with Ray Cover taper template) $21add_to_cart.gif 

Ray Cover, Standard (90 degree) triangle heel (Use with Ray Cover taper template) $21.00 add_to_cart.gif 

 Ray Cover, Taper  $16 add_to_cart.gif 

Standard 80 degree Bulino (Use with Ray Cover taper template)  $15 add_to_cart.gif 

Ray Cover, Template Set  $89 add_to_cart.gif


Templates sold individually
or in a set

Click photo for enlargement
 

Click here for a thread and information from Ray Cover about
these template and his points

 

Paolo "MRTHE" Curcio, 50 Degree V & Rounded Corner Flat - Combo Set



Click to enlarge

 The "MRTHE" three piece template set can numerious points:

- 50 V degree point without heels for detailing and very fine shading
- 50 V degree point with heels for medium and deep lines and for prepare inlay work
- Flat graver point
- Flat rounded corner point ,for easy background removal,the rounded corner reduce marks,especially usefull for hobo nickel carving
- Flat big radius point for sculpting works
- Stippling square point
- Stippling round point
- Sculpting Punch point in various geometries (round ,square and rectangle)
- Small round point

Paolo "MRTHE" Curcio, 50 Degree V & Rounded Corner Flat - Combo - Three piece Set
$39


For more informatoin and photographs by Paolo of the various points these templates make please
this thread on engravingforum.com


 

 

Negative relief 116 Uniform Parallel Graver Point™ template.

This template is the same as the normal 116°, but the relief grind under the heel is negative. The purpose of this negative grind is to achieve more heel clearance. This additional relief was described in the Lindsay Uniform Parallel Point™ patent, but this is the first template made available to actually achieve this point.

This template requires that the height of the grinding lap or bench stone be 3/4" instead of the usual 1/2" seen in all previous templates. I recommend just shimming your 1/2" stones up the last 1/4".

A power hone for initially shaping this is helpful. However it can be done with the diamond bench stones. Steve tested how long it would take him to sharpen one from a Carbalt™ blank on the diamond bench stones. It was 15 minutes. Of course starting with a the 3 degree tapered Carbalt™ blank would considerably shorten the time.

 

Negative Relief Universal

 

Negative Universal Template
$27.00
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Negative Relief
"Detailing 96 degree" Uniform Parallel Point™ template
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This is the same type of Negative relief template described above but it makes a Detailing 96 degree angle.
$27.00
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Negative Relief  Detailing

Joacim Jansson - Extra Negative Relief
"Detailing 96 degree" Uniform Parallel Point™ template
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This is the same type of Negative relief template described above but with more relief as well as it will make a narrower shank.
$27.00
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Forum thread about this template and point:
http://www.engravingforum.com/showthread.php?t=11564  

Extra Negative Relief  Detailing

"MicroGraver Template Set"

Thanks to Paolo Curcio (mrthehobonickels.com) for development ideas and help with this template set!


$22.00
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Please visit this thread on the Forum for more information about these templates. http://engravingforum.com/showthread.php?t=10818

This double thickness template set is similar to the "Narrower" template above, however the square in this set is smaller. It is used to narrower the graver too, but so that it closer to parallel with the shank, so that the grind is more long and slender. After the square template is used, the round is used to round the top edge of the slender shank. After this the graver is sharpened normally with the other available templates to make micro versions of the graver points.

The wrench are setscrew are provided to replace the thumbscrew in the sharpening fixture. This is needed to be done before using these templates because they grind so low that the thumbscrew will be in the way if it is not removed. Simple remove the thumbscrew and install the setscrew with the supplied wrench. Of course, when you finish with shaping a graver shank with these templates you may reinstall the thumbscrew.
"Narrower" Template Click photo to enlarge
 The photo below illustrates three thinning techniques.

 
Thinning the tip of the blank can be done using this template which fits on the Lindsay sharpening fixture. 


Illustrating how the pin can be moved if desired to rotate the grinds 45 degrees to the shank.  "Narrower" Template  $8.00
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1/16" thick 6" Diameter Diamond Sharpening Laps  
Will replace laps on power hones originally  supplied with 5" diameter laps.

1200 grit diamond lap $22 add_to_cart.gifview_cart.gif
600 grit diamond lap $25
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260 grit diamond  lap $32
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100 grit diamond  lap $45
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Mirror-Grave™ 
Polishing Sheet

Instructions: Finish hone the graver point on a 2000 or 3000 diamond Bench stone. Next set the Mirror-Grave™ Polishing Sheet on the diamond bench stone and rub face & heels lightly a few strokes for a mirror polish.  Will polish HSS, M42 or Carbalt™ gravers.

Mirror-Grave™
Polishing Sheet only $10

Ceramic Bench Stone (8"x2"x7/16")

$59

This ceramic stone is 1/16" under 1/2" thick (7/16).  This can help assure the tip of the facets are being polished.  If desired shim it up 1/16" with thin cardboard or several sheets of paper so that it will polish the entire facet rater than mainly at the tip. 

Used to polish carbalt and carbide gravers with the 60,0000 grit diamond paste (sold below) or 50,000 grit concentrate spray (sold above). 

Can be used without diamond for polishing M42 and HSS gravers

Cast Iron Lap  $59add_to_cart.gif

50,000 Grit Diamond Concentrate
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4 Ounce Diamond Concentrate, Makes 32 ounces (1 quart) diamond spray.  Mix this concentrate with isopropyl alcohol.

Concentrate Approximate mix ratio:
7 parts Isopropyl Alcohol
to
1 part Diamond Concentrate

Mixing bottle and push button spray applicator included.


Cast Iron Lap


50,000 Grit Diamond Concentrate

Lap Mandrel Adapter
for converting a drill press to a power hone.  Can also be used to mount and spin the Anti-MagLap™ described below.
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Click for information from Carl Bleile on the engraving forum about the adapter

Dental Bur sharpener
by Tim Wells
This small fixture is designed to sharpen used 1/16th inch carbide dental burrs or carbide rod to a four sided taper that can be used in the air rotarty tools such as the NSK Presto.  The fixture has a through hole so a longer piece of carbide can be sharpened if need be. If you would like a tapered point that is steeper or less step, all that need be done is to set the fixture on something of suitable thickness so as to give the taper desired.   This can be used with diamond bench stones like used with the Lindsay template sharpening system, Tom White's power hone or other power hones.  

Dental Bur sharpener $45
including shipping
Available
through Tim Wells directly
Click here to email and order from Tim Wells


  

Anti-MagLap
Spin this lap to demagnetize gravers or other small metal objects. To use, hold the object to be demagnetized close to the center of the spinning lap and pull the object straight away from the center.

 

Comes with a 1/2" hole in the center so that it can be mounted on a power hone. Or it can be mounted on a "mandrel lap adapter" (sold above) so that a drill press or electric hand drill can be used to spin the lap. Big thank you to Paolo for his contribution and help with this lap!
Forum thread about the Anti-MagLap

 Anti-MagLap $46
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Onglette and other sharp V templates
(all with 55 degree faces for point strength)

These templates have 55 degree faces for
additional point strength

Click image to enlarge

Onglette template $24
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50-60 template $24
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50-60 double angled face template (large template only, use small template from the normal faced 50-60 template set)
$20
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60-70 template $24
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SET
Onglette and Sharp V Templates Set (sold as four piece a set)
$87
Add To Cart 

Special Right hand Onglette template
Similarly pictured to the 50-60 double angled face template above but in an Onlegleet shape
 

Right hand Onglette template $24
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Point pictured below is of an Onglette point shaped with the Onglette template (sold above) Click image to enlarge

More information is available in this thread on the engraving forum about the Onglette template. 
  Video made by Chris Botha shaping and sharpening the Onlette point

Mike Dubber - Speitzer Point Template


More information and discussion about the Speitzer Point Template
visit this
thread link on EngravingForum.com

Mike Dubber Speitzer point $42.00
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Les Schowe - Gold Inlay & Undercut Template


More information and discussion about the Gold Inlay & Undercut Template
visit this
thread link on EngravingForum.com

Les Schowe Gold Inlay & Undercut $24.00
Add To Cart

Otto Carter
BULLDOZER STRENGTH point graver fixture

If you are into some harder metals and breaking points, this fixture can help to modify the cutting edge of Uniform Parallel points™ with a very tiny squared off facet on the cutting edges that provide a bulldozer effect.  Use on the edge of a table as shown below to help align your stone.  This fixture helps by positioning the cutting edge parallel to the edge of the fixture where the stone is used. Note the side of the pointer the graver is placed on.  The point should point away from the pointer.  Click photos to enlarge to help see detail.  



Arkansas stone sold separately and together as a set.  
 

Bulldozer fixture $28
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Arkansas stone
4" x 1/2" rectangle $32
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Bulldozer fixture and Arkansas stone
$58
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Otto Carter Multi-Angle Omnigrind Template
For information on the use of this template, visit the thread on the Engraving Forum:
http://engravingforum.com/showthread.php?t=10195


The below photo shows the template on the metal sharpening fixture.  Note: The metal sharpening fixture (sold at the top of this page) that the template fits on is not included with the template.  The fixture needs to be purchased separately if you do not have one.

Multi-Angle Omnigrind Template $29
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Modified sharpening fixture to hold extensions.  This is used if needed to sharpen very short gravers 3/4 to 1" long.

Modified sharpening fixture for sharpening 3/4" to 1" long gravers
$96
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Note: At lease one straight extension is required for use. Straight Extension $11
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Templates for Engraver Carl Bleile's Graver Points

Tool point descriptions as pictured left to right. 
(1) banknote engraving for darker lines (red templates),

(2) scraping tool for removing tool marks, final contouring, also removes excess gold and shapes raised inlays after inlaying (green template)
(3) background removal tool with special side grinds to get around main area without nicking (blue template).
(4) medium to deep outline, removing background in tight areas, preparing for background removal and gold inlay (red templates).
More information and discussion about Carl Bleile's points and templates on www.EngravingForum.com  Thread 1,   Thread 2,   Thread 3Thread 4 Thread 5Thread 6Thread 7, Thread 8, Thread 9  Thread 10

Carl Bleile Template set $68
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Sold separately

Deep Line & BankNote (red templates)
$32
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Scraper (green template)
$15
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Sculpturing & Relief (blue template)
$24
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Uniform Parallel point™
This is the type of point most of the V templates for the Lindsay Sharpener make. 
Click here for more information about this point

  • TW Design Variable Speed Power Hone

     

  • High torque variable speed motor

  • 2900 max RPM

  • Plenty of power for quick grinding

  • Dual sided 6" diamond disk 180 roughing and 2200 polishing allows a point to be ground and polished quickly.

  • Disk is placed to the back and offset allowing more work table in front for the templates or fixtures

  • Fused input

  • Heavy gauge steel construction

Available in two models through the T.W. Designs website (order there)
Click here to go to T. W Designs website


The Diamond Power Hone is available in two models.. Read more about the features of these hones and order direct on the T.W. Design Website (click here)

See discussion thread on the engraving
forum about the hone click here thread
 

T-W Designs - Diamond Power Hone
Review by Steve Lindsay
I have been using this T-W Diamond Power Hone for some time. The speed in which I can rough and finish a carbalt blank is under two minutes with the machine.  I use the machine to rough grind using the Lindsay template fixture.  Once roughed I then rub the graver face on a Lindsay 2000 diamond bench diamond stone with 10 to 15 strokes and then place on the heels with 3 to 7 strokes per side depending on heel size needed.  I use the machine at maximum speed for this roughing.  The motor has good torque and I can lean on the graver somewhat that also helps.  If grinding a High Speed Steel graver I take it more easy and I don't lean on it as much so that the graver does not get hot and lose its temper.  Be careful with HSS graver and don't get them so hot that they turn colors.  I monitor the heat of HSS gravers with my fingers while grinding for this reason.

 

 

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