Types and Methods of Engraving
This page sets out to describe the types of engraving and methods
I hope that this will inform you about the different methods and names used to describe ENGRAVING.
- HAND ENGRAVING
This method is the oldest style of craftsmanship engraving. It utilises small very sharp tools called "GRAVERS" similar to wood chisels. The different widths of the cutting edge of the graver enables a narrow or wider cut into the surface. This type of engraving is predominantly on metals, especially gold and silver. The SKILLED hand engraver will have many many years experience in caligraphic text and scroll work as well as in detailed graphics. Design work is usually seen on lockets, bangles, crests on signet rings, ornate silver trinket boxes.
(Please make sure that this term HAND ENGRAVING is not represented when the "engraver" uses a rotating burr on the end of a hand held dentist style drill, as this simply is NOT Hand engraving).
Whilst we don't do hand engraving, we can offer this as an option to our services, however we are able to successfully engrave utilising other methods
- PANTOGRAPH - MACHINE ENGRAVING
This is essentially engraving on a machine with pre-determined size ratios. There are various font stencils utilised to achieve engraving on many materials, for example, CUPS, MEDALS, TRAYS, TANKARDS, WATCHES, JEWELLERY, SIGNS, LABELS.
- LASER ENGRAVING
Ideal for trophies especially acrylic and glass awards, can also be used to etch on to stailness steel.
Wood can also be laser engraver, however some plastic materials are not suitable for lasering
- COMPUTERISED ENGRAVING
As the name suggests computerised engraving is extremely adaptable in the hands of an experienced operator. Its uses include a selection of many font styles and applications on many materials.
These include diamond etching on jewellery, watches, trophy plates and rotary cutting as in plastic name badges and signage, and is a cost effective option to hand engraving, where applicable, and large quantity runs of engraved plates. The computer will give clear precise engraving that is cost effective and long lasting.