View Poll Results: Handpiece users...what's your primary grip?

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

    44 47.83%
  • Most or all of my engraving is done with the traditional grip.

    48 52.17%
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  1. #11
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    Traditional for me....but might have to give the finger on top method a try and see how it feels.

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    finger on top usually but not everytime.

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    Finger on top. The better to keep the tip in the groove, my pretty!
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    I use the traditional hold.
    Vlad "LVVP", Canada, ON, Maple


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    Traditional with my middle finger as an anchor......sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beathard View Post
    Both plus others depending on obstructions.
    well said

    Saludos,

    Carlos
    Saludos,
    Carlos

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    Hi everyone
    newbie here, I don't have a pneumatic system yet. I hand push

    I recently bought Steve Lindsays 116 v template. Previous to using this graver I used the traditional grip, and it worked great. Now however I've found that I can't use the traditional grip with the 116,with anything other than straight cuts, because it cuts too deep and just stops. I tried really hard to learn using the traditional thumb grip as it felt unnatural at the beginning.
    I made quick progress with a standard square graver geometry and the thumb grip, but when I made the switch I found that I couldn't make successful cuts. I slipped and stabbed myself so many times that I was forced to try something new.

    Now I use a grip similar to that of a cello bow hold (if anyone here plays cello) the middle finger and thumb pinch each other, the index finger doesnt go on top(most of the time) it wraps around and goes on the far side of the graver, extending only a bit. the ring and pinky finger simply go in there natural position the graver handle.
    The thumb and middle finger hold the graver, whilst the index finger gives stability and acts as a guide .
    Am I the only one that does this?

    Has anyone else experienced this with the Steve Lindsay geometries? Are they not suitable for hand push engraving?

    regards
    Chris Cole

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    Here is a good example of an old thread, that contains valuable information, how to hold a hand-piece, I used the search function that Sam mentioned earlier.

    I hope this helps someone.

    Sanch, I am going to start something that is done on facebook one engravers challenges another to show his work for x amount of day, I challenge you to find a useful post and revive it, then PM someone and name the next person that frequents here on the forum. Ill Pm you in a bit Sanch.
    Saludos,
    Carlos

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam View Post
    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?
    I am new to hand pieces and now I find myself using both grips! and some strange ones to boot!

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