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There are three handpieces to choose from.
1: Classic handpiece
2: BenchJewel handpiece
3: NitroG20 handpiece.
And the Classic handpiece can be ordered with one of two types of noses, the standard Classic nose, or a collet nose.  In addition, the Classic can be ordered as a foot control version or a PalmControl version.  The NitroG20 as well.

The NitroG20 is generally for larger engraver work such as motorcycle and car parts.   The handpieces overlap as far as uses.   For example, there are engravers using the Nitro for gun and even coin engraving, and there are engravers using the Classic for motorcycle engraving.  If you are not doing heavier work, like cycle parts then the Classic or BenchJewel will be your options. 

Between the BenchJewel Graver and the Classic Graver, the Classic is the better one since it has the stroke adjustment.  If you have been using collets for years on a power graver and want to continue, then order the Classic with the collet nose or the BenchJewel if needing to keep price down.  If you ever plan to engrave super fine banknote style engraving under a scope, then the Classic with the standard nose would be best (foot control or PalmControl Classic).  The standard Classic nose has 5 different methods of holding gravers that are described further down on this page.

Video comparing the AirGraver cutting action to
the spring/pulse type engraver handpieces.

 
Click below photo to play video.

All of the below listed engraving sets include:

Leather handpiece pouch, extra screws, o-rings, wrenches, handpiece tubing, connectors, compressor braided hose for connecting to an air compressor and owner's manual.

The sharpener sets with basic templates include:

Sharpening fixture, four diamond bench stones (260, 600, 1200, 2000), plus 4 templates: Universal, Detailing, 105, and Flat & Knife Combo template.

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Foot Controlled Classic with standard nose


Set #1 illustrated above.  Click to enlarge

   
Above video - Classic bodies - foot controlled or PalmControlled come with Steve Lindsay engraving

Set #1
Classic with standard nose, foot control regulator setup, includes stainless and tungsten pistons, one presharpened Carbalt, and 3 HSS graver blanks.
$1369 add_to_cart.gif
Set #2
Includes Set #1 plus - sharpener set, five Carbalt graver blanks, and five M42 graver blanks
$1,788 add_to_cart.gif
Quick Change extension for standard-nose Classic and standard-nose PalmControlŽ Classic handpieces.
Available with Single and Quad Indexing.



Single indexing assures quick change to same orientation each time. Quad indexing allows four choices of orientation of the collet and therefore the graver you are using.

They are made from 440C stainless and hardened to 60 Rockwell. 60 Rockwell is as hard as a high speed steel graver and therefore these QC extensions are made for a life time of service. They are detented for a snap in fit utilizing the internal O-ring in the nose of the AirGraverŽ handpieces. They extend a graver 5/8".

Single index 2 pack - $19.95 add_to_cart.gif

Single index 5 pack -
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Foot Controlled Classic with collet nose


Set #3 illustrated above.  Click to enlarge

Set #3
Classic with collet nose, foot control regulator setup, includes stainless and tungsten pistons, one presharpened Carbalt and 3 HSS graver blanks, one short collet, one long collet, and adapter
$1413 add_to_cart.gif
Set #4
Includes set #3 plus - sharpener set, five Carbalt graver blanks, and five M42 graver blanks
$1,832 add_to_cart.gif
Order the BenchJewel collets below if more collets are needed
 
Extra BenchJewel collets and adapters

Two long collets
$27Add To Cart
Two short collets
$26Add To Cart
One adapter and one long collet
$31Add To Cart

 An adapter can be moved from one long collet to another long collet.

 

Classic PalmControl with standard nose


Santophrene Handle PalmControl


Set #5 illustrated above with Santophrene handle


Burl handle with standard nose

Set #5
Classic PalmControl with standard nose, with air regulator for use with an air compressor, includes stainless piston, one presharpened Carbalt and 3 HSS graver blanks.
Santophrene handle $2769 add_to_cart.gif
Burl wood handle $2969 add_to_cart.gif
Order the tungsten piston separately if needed - $125 add_to_cart.gif
Set #6
Includes set #5 plus - sharpener set, CO2 125PSI Regulator with integrated 20oz CO2 paintball threads, five Carbalt graver blanks, and five M42 graver blanks
$3396 Santophrene handleadd_to_cart.gif
 $3596 Burl handle add_to_cart.gif
Order the tungsten piston separately if needed - $125 add_to_cart.gif


Classic bodies - foot controlled or PalmControlled come with Steve Lindsay engraving.  Burl handled PalmControl Classics also include the scroll and logo engraving impression on the end as pictured.  Click to enlarge.

  

Classic PalmControl with collet nose

#7 Set #7 and #8 are like sets #6 and #7, except #7 and #8 have the BenchJewel collet nose on the handpiece.   Fits both short and long style collets.  Below is a photo of a burl handled Classic PalmControl with the collet nose.

Set #7
Set #7 - Classic PalmControl
with collet nose, with air regulator setup, includes tungsten piston as well as stainless piston, one presharpened Carbalt and 3 HSS graver blanks, one short collet, one long collet, and adapter .
Santophrene handle $2813 add_to_cart.gif
Burl handle $3013 add_to_cart.gif

Order the BenchJewel collets below if more collets are needed

Set #8
Includes set #7 plus - sharpener set, CO2 125PSI Regulator with integrated 20oz CO2 paintball threads, five Carbalt graver blanks, and five M42 graver blanks
Santophrene $3440  add_to_cart.gif
Burl handle $3640 add_to_cart.gif

Order the BenchJewel collets below if more collets are needed

     

BenchJewel Graver


Set #9 illustrated above

More about the BenchJewel Graver at
 BenchJewel.com

 

Set #9
BenchJewel Graver,
has a collet nose, foot control air regulator setup, tungsten piston, one presharpened Carbalt and 2 HSS graver blanks, one short collet, one long collet, adapter, and owners manual.
$844
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The handpiece ships with a tungsten installed.  Order a stainless piston separately if needed so you have both $125  add_to_cart.gif

Order the BenchJewel collets below if more collets are needed

Order sharpener set separately - $294add_to_cart.gif
Sharpening fixture, four diamond bench stones (260, 600, 1200, 2000), plus 4 templates: Universal, Detailing, 105, and Flat & Knife Combo template.
Extra BenchJewel collets and adapters

Two long collets
$27Add To Cart
Two short collets
$26Add To Cart
One adapter and one long collet
$31Add To Cart

 An adapter can be moved from one long collet to another long collet.

Two pacak Hex Wrenches
$2.50Add To Cart

 

 

NitroG20 Foot Control

Photos of Nitro foot control set here.


Set #10
Set #10 - NitroG20, foot control air regulator setup, tungsten piston, one presharpened HSS and 3 HSS graver blanks.  The Nitro uses it's own collets, two are included.
$1,669add_to_cart.gif
 
Set #11
Set #11 Includes set #10 plus - sharpener set,  five pack HSS blanks, and five M42 graver blanks.
$2,088 add_to_cart.gif

Additional NitroG20 collets separately
$25 each add_to_cart.gif

 

NitroG20 PalmControl

Photos of Nitro PalmControl set here.

Set #12
Set #12 - NitroG20 PalmControl (rubber handle), air regulator setup, tungsten piston, one presharpened HSS and 3 HSS graver blanks.  The Nitro uses it's own collets, two are included.
$3,069add_to_cart.gif

Set #13

Set #13 Includes set #12 plus - sharpener set, five pack HSS blanks, and five M42 graver blanks.

$3,443
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Additional NitroG20 collets separately

$25 each
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One difference between the Classic and BenchJewel (and Artisan )Gravers

One difference between the Classic and BenchJewel (and Artisan) is the stroke collar. The stroke collar on the Classic provides the power of several sized hand pieces in one. It is similar to setting the back swing of a hammer hitting a punch. It can be set at a short back swing or longer one. The PSI flow through the foot pedal or PalmControl controls the power and speed within a given stroke length setting. It is similar to gears in a car. Set it in first gear (short stroke) and you have good low end, delicate control. Or set it in fifth gear and you can cut much deeper than in first gear. It can still cut delicate lines in fifth gear but it is easier to cut delicate lines in first gear. Continuing this analogy of gears, the BenchJewel and Artisan are fixed in 3rd gear.


Nose option for the Classic AirGraver


Standard Classic Nose
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BenchJewel Collet Nose
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The Classic handpiece (Foot Control Classic or PalmControl Classic) is available with the Standard Classic nose or the BenchJewel collet nose.   The above photos show the two nose options on a Classic PalmControl.

Be aware that one nose is not necessarily better than the other. It is a personal preference and depends on the kind of work being done.  There are pros and cons to both.  See below for more on this.

Frequent answers

The Standard Classic nose as well as new BenchJewel collet nose will hold the same gravers, since both have the same size tool hole in them. That size is slightly over 1/8".  Therefore 3/32" square gravers, 1/8" round shanked gravers, punches, scrapers..etc will work as well as any size that can be fit into the hole.  If a tanged shank graver is being used which is slightly larger, it will need to be ground to fit in the hole.

The BenchJewel collets have a 1/4" stem. We do not have other brands of collets to test to see if they will fit into the BenchJewel collet nose. So no promises that other brands will fit . Both the long and short collets as well as the adapters are made from stainless steel and with a close fit tolerance to help prevent any wiggle.  The quick change extensions fit in the new collets too, as well as the Standard Classic nose.


Methods of holding gravers in the Standard Classic Nose
Between nose options, the Standard Classic nose has more versatile methods to hold a graver. 

Below are five methods for changing gravers in the Classic with the Standard nose. If switching a lot, use method #1 (no collects needed) or method #2 which is also quick. If not changing gravers very often, method #3 can be used and liked by the engravers for banknote microscope shading. 

#1: Slip a graver in and out of the tool hole. Gravers are held from rotating or falling out of the tool hole because of the o-ring, yet they may be pulled out or pushed in easily. This works best with 3/32" square shank gravers. To prepare the tool, insert a 3/32" square graver and leave the setscrew slightly backed off from the surface of the graver. The screw acts as an index in this way and the friction of the O-ring in the front of the tool hole prevents the graver from falling out. Once the setscrew is set, it does not need to be adjusted to change gravers.

#2. This method utilizes a thumb screw for a more secure grip. This will work with any shank graver (round or square) under .133" in size. Remove the setscrew and use the knurled thumbscrew in its place. The graver can be tightened down for a more secure grip than #1.

#3. The third way to use the tool holder is with a set screw and wrench. This will provide the most secure hold. It will work with any shank graver (round or square) under .133" in size. 

#4. The fourth method is to remove the setscrew or thumb screw from the AirGraver's nose completely, and just slip the 3/32" square graver shanks in/out. It is similar to #1", but with the set screw completely removed. The rubber o-ring is then all that is used to hold the graver in the tool hole.

#5. The last method is to use the quick change extensions for the Classic. They provide extra length for large hands or if more use from a short graver is desired. 

 


Pros/Cons of the two types of noses
 

Standard Classic nose

BenchJewel Collet nose

Can hold square & round shanks? Yes.
The nose hole is slightly over 1/8"
Yes
The nose hole is slightly over 1/8"
Will accept Classic quick change extensions? Yes Yes
Can a thumb screw be used instead of a setscrew? Yes Not efficiently
Can graver slip in and out of tool hole without any screws at all? Yes, see #1 above No, the graver is secured in the collet with a setscrew.  However once several gravers are installed in collets you can change without using the wrench.
Can securely lock the graver into the AirGraver to help prevent any wiggle? Yes No, however for everyday general engraving this is not as much of an issue compared to super fine banknote shading under a scope where it can be nice to just securely lock it.

If you have a Classic Foot control or PalmControl Classic with a standard nose, and you'd like a collet nose on it you can send your handpiece in for it. A price for changing noses has not been determined yet.  Cost would be $85 plus FedEx return shipping, and includes one short collet, one long collet and one adapter.   Swap the standard nose on a Classic for the BenchJewel collet nose.  $85 add_to_cart.gif Use this button to order.  It won't charge shipping yet.  Print your receipt and include it with your Classic when you ship.   When the work is complete we will send a paypal request for the FedEx return shipping. 

 

Difference between the Artisan and BenchJewel gravers

The differences between the BenchJewel Graver and the Artisan are:

The BenchJewel Graver comes with the tungsten piston, a short collet, a long  collet, an adapter for the long collet, and is embellished with Lindsay engraving.  A stainless piston can be purchased separately for it.   

The Artisan comes with the stainless piston, holds one size collet and is not engraved.  A tungsten piston can be purchased separately for it.  If you own an Artisan depending on date

 

Engraving Enhancement to Classics

  

Steve Lindsay engraved a die and uses it to help reproduce the engraving on the tools.  

Foot Controlled Classics currently ship with the body engraving (but not the adjust-collar engraving) for no additional charge.  PalmControl Classics ship with both - body and adjust-collar engraved as pictured to the left ,and additional if you order a PalmControl Classic with a burl handle an engraved disc inset in the butt of the burl handle is included for no additional charge.  

If you own an earlier un-engraved Classic for a charge it can be sent in for the engraving enhancement.

If you are ordering a new Foot Controlled Classic set, the body will be engraved for no extra cost.  If you would like the adjust-collar to also be engraved, then use this button to order at the same time that you place the order for your Classic.  (PalmControl Classics come with both both the body and adjust-collar engraved for no extra charge.)

For those that have an earlier un-engraved Classic you can use these button to order.  It would be this cost plus FedEx return shipping.  Turn around time will vary with the upgrade engraving that can range from 1 week to 3 weeks, depending where Steve is currently at in the process of adding enhancement to new tools.  For efficiency he will work your engraving in at the same time as doing new tools.

Classic body engraving enhancement
$215add_to_cart.gif

Classic adjust-collar engraving enhancement
$115
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The differences between the BenchJewel Graver and the Artisan are:

The BenchJewel Graver comes with the tungsten piston, a short collet, a long  collet, an adapter for the long collet, and is embellished with Lindsay engraving.  A stainless piston can be purchased separately for it.   

The Artisan comes with the stainless piston, holds one size collet and is not engraved.  A tungsten piston can be purchased separately for it.  If you own an Artisan depending on date

 

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