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carl bleile
03-24-2009, 06:58 PM
The scraper is a double sided cutting tool. The template is marked top and bottom, on future templates this will be “A” for the top and “B” for the bottom.
The bottom or “B” side has the longest grind and no heel, the top or “A” side has only one grind and it is a heel.
Most cutting or scraping to refine a design is done with the “A” side or top side of the tool (the side with the small heel down on the metal). I use this tool with out power and make very light passes, if I find the tool is digging in I turn the tool over and use the “B” side or bottom.
The other thing I find the tool useful for is after gold inlaying it’s easy to scrape the gold flush with the metal.
This may sound complicated but once you have the tool in your hand it’s more easily understood.
Grinding The Scraper
Set grinding surface ½ in. above table or use Lindsay stones. The tool face should be ground to 90 degrees it can be done first or as the last step. Grind both sides of tool to get the desired tip width. Grind bottom of tool (B) about Ύ in. long or to get the face height you would like. Turn the template over use template side marked top of tool (A) and grind a heel about 1/16 long. Radius all four edges of tool.
Carl Bleile
Southwest, Ohio

03-25-2009, 04:27 AM
Thanks Carl, that helps allot...

03-25-2009, 07:46 AM
Thanks Carl! I had ground mine on top and bottom to meet in the center of blank and i dont think i raidused the corners either. Time for a little refinement. I found that the 2000 grit stone works nice for knocking off sharp corners.

03-25-2009, 12:11 PM
Just done one Carl and that's a nice scraper to refine the design...
I think I can polish the "B" side to polish the raised area and make them shine like bright cut...
So much better than the burnishing tool sold by jewelry suppliers or others...
Hand pushing will give nice control...

03-25-2009, 12:24 PM
Jerry, Thats a good idea using it like a burnisher. Thanks for the insight. I will have to try that on these softer metals we are accustomed to working on. Ive got some carbide blanks that would work well. Now if you can tell me how to find some time to play.

04-07-2009, 04:49 PM
Hi Folks My name is Bill Sinclair, a retired engraver of British guns of various types and qualities and in awe of much of the modern work I see now...

Roger Bleile
04-08-2009, 08:16 PM

I met you at the 1978 NRA convention in Kansas City. You showed me how to do a shading technique with the Gravermeister. In the mean time I have seen some pictures of your work and wondered what you were up to.

Best wishes,

Roger Bleile