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  • Most or all of my engraving is done with my finger on the top.

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  • Most or all of my engraving is done with the traditional grip.

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    Default Handpiece users...what's your grip?

    If you use a pneumatic handpiece, how do you hold it? The traditional way is with the thumb extended along side of the graver, and this is the grip used by hand-push engravers. Many new school handpiece engravers place their finger on the top of the graver. What's your primary grip?
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    TRADITIONAL

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    Traditional hold. A little looser with power assist. American side stroke with hammer and chisel. Right Handed. Fred
    Last edited by Marrinan; 10-28-2011 at 10:07 PM. Reason: add hand preference
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    Finger on Top

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    I wrap my paw around it holding the tool between thumb and first finger anchoring the thumb on the work when possible for tactile feedback.
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    I use the "fingertop" hold - that is to say that I steady the tool with the "palm knob" of the handpiece resting deep in my hand and with an open hold (no wrapping my hand around the handpiece). I "lead" the graver point with my index finger. I usually do not rotate on my thumb because I tend to lay out with Chinese White and pencil or wax and pencil - much too delicate layout methods for thumb anchoring. Likewise, I do appreciate the concept of "anchoring" and use that technique whenever possible. When I teach, I try to get students to anchor somehow, if not on their thumb, on an extended finger prior to starting a cut. In other words, like Sam said above, anchoring, prior to or during the cut, can be an important part of graver control.

    Something new I just received my new Artisan handpiece. I found myself using it in a traditional "Pencil grip" for fine stippling. Then, even more surprising to me, I put a delicate little 120 degree graver in it and started engraving detail with a pencil grip....I thought I would never do such a thing....please don't tell my students !!
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    i'm a 'index fingertip on top for everything' guy. even using a hand burin i 'anchor' (as Mike D. put it) with my fingertip. i also use a 'pencil grip' for pecking out bulino dots.
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    finger on top till it begins to ache a bit, then to the more traditional way, then back on top.

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    Finger on top
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    Hi folks,
    I am only new to this engraving world, but I tend to hold my hand piece with the graver held between my thumb and fore-finger, sort of traditional (just with my thumb further back, closer to the end of the handpiece tube ) as much as possible. But for deeper cuts, I place my fore-finger on top of the graver.

    Thanks for the great forum, by the way Sam !!

    Cheers, Paul.
    Last edited by Paul Russell; 10-04-2014 at 03:02 AM.

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