View Full Version : Hand Engraving ......

Mike Burdick
06-24-2004, 01:10 PM
I am curious about hand engraving - like those done on guns! Does anyone on this forum do this and if so, would you mind posting some pictures of your work?

I like to draw in "pen and ink" and for some reason I have this desire to try it.



06-24-2004, 01:18 PM
There's a "Fine Embellishment" forum at knifenetwork.com (formerly CKD)with some fantastic engraving examples: http://knifenetwork.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=46

- Jim

06-24-2004, 02:20 PM
That is some great work. How do they do that? I have always been curious. I used to do some skrimshaw work on powder horns, and engraving on glass. I wouldn't mind trying the metal work sometime.

Lynn Standish
06-24-2004, 05:28 PM
I've done some in the past, but the eyes are getting a little tired. Basically, it is done with "gravers" which are kind of like small chisels with a mushroom shaped handle. They are short, so that the handle is pushed with the palm of the hand while the thumb and index finger guide the blade. The thumb of the other hand is used to oppose and brace the thumb of the hand doing the work. It can also be done by using a small chasing hammer to power the chisel, or you can use an electric or pneumatic powered graver. I think Brownell's sells the Gravermeister, which is probably the preferred powered graver setup. "The Art of Engraving" by James B. Meek is a very good book on how to do it, with good explanations and illustrations of tools, sharpening them, layout of patterns, and use of the tools, including how to do gold inlay, etc. I think Brownell's sells it also.

Mike Burdick
06-24-2004, 05:41 PM

Thanks for the link. Very interesting!


Thanks for taking the time to respond and giving me all that information - very helpful! By the way, do have any pictures of your work?

- Mike

06-24-2004, 09:17 PM
Lynn Standish is correct. I have also done some for jewelry. The work is held in an engravers block which rotates and tilts. I have seen on of the worlds best engrave guns. His name is Lynton S. J. McKensie (Not sure about the spelling of the last name)and worked at New Orleans Arms for a while. He was amazing. Held the work in a regular vice and worked around it with a graver and chasing hammer. His work was breathtaking,engraving, gold inlay work that was also engraved. Don't have any pictures of his work but I do have some of the practice pieces that he did when he was doing the layout for a pair of 45's that made the cover of Guns and Ammo many years ago.

There are some web sites that have examples of gun engraving but I don't have the site names at hand.


Herb W
06-24-2004, 11:31 PM
Here's a site http://www.lindsayengraving.com/

07-02-2004, 08:42 PM
For those interested in this subject, here's some amazing work that was just posted:

- Jim

07-03-2004, 01:29 AM
Lynton McKenzie died about 7 years ago. I had the pleasure of listening to his lectures at the Winter Nationals Blackpowder shoots at Black Canyon North of Phoenix for two or three years just before he died. A gentleman and a scholar. An eye for what looked right and a insatiable curiosity about how it was done in the past. He went to London as a young man and found those old guys in the gun trade that built the Hollands and Rigbys to learn the trade. Good to hear his name again.

Alistair Hosie
07-03-2004, 03:10 AM
He has a good Scottish name http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif any wonder he's talented.Alistair

Allan Waterfall
07-03-2004, 04:39 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Alistair Hosie:
He has a good Scottish name http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif any wonder he's talented.Alistair</font>

So does Macdonalds, and we know what crap that is. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif


Dave Opincarne
07-03-2004, 11:32 AM
Oh no Allan, compared to his usual culinary options of hagis, oatmeal, or spam, MacDonalds is a delicacy for Alistair. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

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