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Art of Engraving: A Book of Instructions

4.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-9997645791
ISBN-10: 9997645790
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Brownell (June 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9997645790
  • ISBN-13: 978-9997645791
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is on the shelf of almost every firearms engraver in America. It is probably the most used text book in firearms engraving courses, and perhaps in any type of engraving. It is full of basic information, and helpful hints that make engraving much easier. Not a lot of pretty pictures, but enough illustrations that you can get the idea even if you don't take formal instruction. Configuring tools is always difficult and I don't think any book can teach you that art - so with that one exception, there is everything here that you will need to know to start Hard Metal engraving. And, of course, if you can engrave Hard Metal, you can engrave Easy Metal like silver, brass, etc. Whenever I pick it up and just kind of peruse it again, I still find myself amazed that I can say: gee, I forgot THAT little trick! A must for any engraver.
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As a complete beginner I found this book disappointing. There is quite a bit of information, history and biography regarding the ART of engraving on firearms (hence the title), but what there is about the actual PRACTICE of engraving in general is sparse and located rather helter-skelter around the book.

There is no chapter on sharpening, for instance, but there are sections on sharpening scattered about. There is a page with a full list and drawings of the various gravers, but information about which one to use for what is hard to pin down.

There is a discussion on the technique of chasing using a hammer, which is very good. However, there is really very little about using a hand graver. I wanted an explanation of when to use a hammer and when not to, which seems to be missing. There is a section on vises which is useful, etc.

I wanted a chapter titled "How to engrave metal". That is what is missing. Additionally, the book is dated 1973, and mentions many specific products. One wonders how many of those are available today.

I think that someone with at least some experience in engraving would have an easier time with this book than I did.
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By A Customer on April 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
An excellent production, with exceptional workmanship to provide high quality photo's. The anatomy section is more for the artistic crowd then the hard metal group. Would have liked to see more information on making the cuts and shading, as well as depth control and designs. Overall a good learning book with great coverage of making the proper tools and maintaining them
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This book contains a wealth of information on how to engrave. topics include: scroll design, layout, inlays, and tool sharpening. I would have liked to see more information on gold inlays in print and pictures. It even has a section on power engraving. Overall this book is helpfull to the expert and novice alike.
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I have read this book cover to cover twice. For someone who wants to learn how to engrave, like me, it is a true reference book. For others who simply want to better appreciate engraved items this book is just as useful.
Many illustrations done for the book were actually cut in black plexi-glass to provide the best quality images.
This book has a perminate place in my library.
Enjoy...
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whats not to like, its a highly recommended piece of information every beginner should at least read. some of its dry and not that helpful to a total newbie, how ever it is full of required information if your even playing,,,like I am. then you learn stuff ., you go back and say,,,,ohhh i see what he is talking about. a must have in your information catalogue.
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This is a great book. One that should be in any engraver's library. Very well written with terminology and illustrations for the ease of learning.
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This is the book for anyone studying hand engraving. It's an old work, so there isn't much about modern methods, but the treatment of traditional hand engraving is exhaustive.
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