Lindsay Graver Blanks
Graver Material Comparison Chart
Durable, less likely to break. Less expensive
Harder than HSS and holds a cutting edge longer while still maintaining good durability for less point breaking. Less expensive than
Harder than M42 and HSS. More durable than straight carbide gravers. Holds up in harder metals, stainless, gun and knife
metals with stronger ground geometry. Cutting edge holds up the longer than HSS or M42 without going dull. Engraving in brass, gold, silver, and platinum
maintains a polished cut without gulling.
Cutting edge wears faster than does M42 or CarbaltXD, requiring more frequent resharpening. Engraving in Brass, Gold, Silver,
and Platinum do not cut as bright compared to cuts using CarbaltXD.
More expensive than HSS. Engraving in brass, gold, silver, and platinum do not cut as bright compared to cuts using CarbaltXD.
Most expensive. More likely to break than go dull. Not recommend for narrow fragile geometry ground points in harder metals.
Good for making points that are narrow and fragile, such undercut gold inlay gravers, narrow flats and Vs. In years past used by
many engravers as an all around less expensive graver.
Same as HSS but all around improvement of holding an edge longer without becoming dull as easily as HSS.
In harder metals CarbaltXD is great for stronger shaped geometry such as Lindsay Uniform-Parallel points, 96 degrees and wider.
To increase strength of a point dub the face to effetely place a small steep face right at the tip. Less strong geometry points can be used in softer metals
such as gold, silver, copper..etc.
Note: It has come to our attention that some inferior tool blanks are being offered by others. These blanks may be seriously undersized and
therefore may not sharpen properly in the Lindsay sharpening system. It has been noted by some of our Lindsay tool users that they may wobble slightly in the
holder, causing difficult cutting, especially of fine shade lines. By contrast Lindsay blanks are manufactured to precise tolerances to within +- .001 inch of the
3/32 inch specifications. We must warn our users, to insure proper function of your Lindsay Sharpening system, and Lindsay air tools, be sure to use authentic
Lindsay CarbaltXD, M42 and High speed tool blanks. Accept no substitutes!
Lindsay CarbaltXD™ 3/32" Square
Lindsay Carbalt™ has gotten even better. Lindsay CarbaltXD™ is even more durable than the orginal plus they are longer.
Certified Fega Master Engraver Ron Nott helped in the testing and development of this latest extra durable CarbaltXD. The gravers are fine-grain carbide and cobalt. The grade was
developed in close collaboration with several carbide manufacturers for the specific use of hand engraving and impact resistance. These gravers can be ground and
shaped with either a silicon carbide grinding wheel, a diamond grinding wheel or a diamond hone. When rough grinding, if the material becomes hot, DO NOT quench in
water. Heat will not anneal or damage the material as it does high-speed, tool steel or tool steel with cobalt, but quenching while it is hot will cause the the
mixture to become brittle causing the point of the graver to break more easily during use. Water may be used to keep the heat down in general though. Do this
by grinding until the surface being ground becomes only warm to the touch and then dip in water. There may only be a second or two of grinding between dipping, but
keep dipping in and out of the water during grinding. This will keep the graver from getting hot, assuring the material does not become damaged. The type
of grinding that builds up heat is usually done to rough the graver blank to shape. For final shaping and sharpening use a diamond lap either by hand or with
a slow speed power hone which will not cause excessive heat.
CarbaltXD™ 3/32" square x 2 3/8"
long graver blanks are surface ground on all four sides to a tolerance of plus or minus
0.001" of the 3/32" size assuring a consistent fit.
Precautions should be taken when grinding high
speed steel, tool steel, carbon steel, tungsten carbide gravers. Dust
from grinding metals can cause nose, throat, skin and eye irritation and
temporary or permanent respiratory disease in a small percentage of exposed
Take the following safety precautions:
1. If using a diamond lap, coat the lap with oil
or water to keep the grinding dust from becoming airborne.
Wash hands after grinding and before eating or smoking
3. Clean up grinding dust with wet paper towels or rags and discard of properly.