I have been engraving for 25 years, originally with traditional methods,
and later with mechanical devices as they came out, on a very eclectic mixture of items
from sterling buckle sets to knives and guns to platinum, silver, and gold jewelry. I have
owned and used virtually every type made at one time or other and I have to say that the
Omega is the finest engraving tool I have ever used. In my opinion it out performs the
'other' most popular pneumatic out there as it has equal power to their strongest hand
piece in a package 1/2 the size and can also cut the very finest of cuts with the utmost
precision whereas the 'other' system's low end power is not as delicate and would require
switching to another hand piece in order to compare in delicacy of execution. With this
tool, I can go from executing bold, heavy cuts in one area to fine, light shading in
another area and not have to switch handpieces, and the fineness of control it has is
incredible. It has the feel of a traditional graver in your hand as you hold it
which is also very nice and this makes it similar to control to the traditional tools
which have been used for centuries in this art form because of this control. The Omega is
a very well made tool and you can recognize just by looking at it the amount of detail put
into it's construction. Very Nice!
Note: Mr. Low is a jewelry engraver. He also engraves cars, bicycles as well as
other items. Here is a photo of a beautifully
engraved bicycle by Mr. Low.
Well I've finally gotten a chance to work with the new Air Chasing Graver
and it is really wonderful. It took me a while to get it set up and actually start
engraving since it's a totally new system, but I think there's no going back....
Rob & Tira Mitchell
custom hand engraving of any image on any surface.
The Air Chasing Graver really works very well. It is an outstanding
piece of engineering. The tool will cut the most delicate of lines, plus it has
plenty of power to cut the heaviest of lines. It really is a little jewel.
Note: Bob Swartley is one of finest banknote style engravers in the United
States. He does hand engraving for printing purposes for wine companies (wine
labels) world wide. He also engraves guns. He sent some photographs and
several prints. With his permission they have been scanned and may be viewed by
clicking the links below. He palm pushes his engravings.
Close-up of rifle right
All engravings and photos in the above links are: Copyright Robert Swartley
The Air Chasing Graver is marvelous! I grabbed a piece of mild steel
and put it through some basic tests with your default settings, I'm impressed, hands down
it gives me so much more control than before and raises far less of a bur during heavier
cutting than my other engraving impact tool does, this means no more push graver cleanup
for me. Control wise I noticed a big big improvement, I tried some fine shading and I have
to tell you that I can now see why your shading is so uniformed, the little tests I did
for shading produced a far more uniformed result. I'm so pleased with your Chasing Graver
and I haven't even really put it through all its paces yet. I don't even think I will need
to adjust anything really since it seems to cut very nicely for heavier cuts as well as
Note: Mr. Pozzobon has written a Concise Evaluation of the Air
Chasing Graver on the EngravingArts web site.
Mr. Pozzobon is one of the finest bulino engravers. Click here to see an image of an elephant that
appears to be sculputered but is actually flat and bulino engraved. The shading is
done so well it appears it is sculptured in 3d. View more pictures of this piece at
I just finished the first in a series of four rifles for FNAWS (Sheep
Foundation). The gun had a serious amount of fine gold and platinum inlay (and
inlaid lettering as well). The Air Chasing Graver was a great help working these
Michael Dubber http://www.cosbycustomguns.com/engraving.asp
The Air Graver is a beautiful piece of precision machinery. I
cannot believe how smoothly it operates and how it is able to operate at such a low air
pressure. I really like it and can eagerly recommend it to anyone looking for a high
precision reciprocating graver.
I have been engraving with air engraving tools for about five years.
They have worked quite well but have never really handled like the hand push
gravers I use for sqecial effects on my custom jewelry. I received the "Lindsay
Air Chasing Graver" and was pleased to find that this graver gave me that control and
feel fo the hand graver. The Lindsay Graver has done every cut I have put before it
with great ease. The control is what I like the most, plus its size.
I have found it to be a great tool for wax carving. If you are into
"Lost Wax Casting" and create your own wax models, you should try this tool.
You will love it.
I find the air graver to be very quiet. The other hand engraving machines
I have used have a lot more noise. My bright cutting has improved at least 50%
right off the bat. I love the way it starts to cut, and the control over the cut is just
Thanks Steve for a great air graver.
Lee-Joyce Designs Inc.
Note: Mr. Gohn is a master goldsmith. He sent some photos of his work
that are extraordinary. Here is a photo of a 18k
gold & silver 12" long stagecoach made by Mr. Gohn. A link will be
added here when his new web site is completed.
The Air Chasing Graver seems wonderfully small, perfectly balanced and
fits nicely in my hand. Much better than other gravers which seem too big! You seem to be
the only one in the whole industry who has noticed this!
Jean D Parus
I can see by using the Lindsay Graver, on its preset
settings, that it is wonderful for very fine line engraving. The power is
there, too, for bright cuts and script. I can see that it will enable me to have
more control. The tool has so many possibilities for adjustment. It is going
to take me awhile to fully learn to use the tool. So far, I'm happy with the tool's
performance and am sure I'll have many good years using it. Also, a BIG PLUS:
My noisy air compressor did not come on once while I was using the tool.
The tool is working very well for me. I have been doing mostly
ribbon cut script monograms, and they look a good deal better than before. I am able
to cut finer lines, and smoother bright cuts than I could with the hammer and chisel, or
even with a hand pushed burin. I'm looking forward to doing two family crest
projects that are upcoming, as well as a knife bolster. In my practice sessions, the
scrollwork is much easier, faster, and smoother, in form as well as character of cut.
I used to have a problem with roughness on the edge of the cut in really tight
spots on scrollwork, but not with your tool. I am really excited about the
possibilities for continued quality improvement, because of what your tool will allow me
to do. The only problem is that now I have an increasingly difficult to resist
impulse to get a microscope! Patience will prevail, however.
Tom McArdle http://www.multas.net/mcardle
Note: Mr. McArdle is the teacher of the On-Line Engraving School
Being a hobby engraver it is of tremendous importance to have the very
best tool there is. My goal is to enjoy and have fun when I engrave, and your air
tool certainly gave me both. I have never before tested anything like it, and I was
very impressed with the certainty the tool responded to the throttle. I, of course
engrave under a Zeiss microscope, and as you can see on the steel sample I sent you,
the air graver did what it was supposed to. The sample was the first I engraved with
the tool, and I saved about 25% time spent, compared to my other engraving tools. I
will be happy to tell other engravers, hobby or full time, about this "little
Bertil G. Aasland
Note: Here is a link to the steel plate
that Mr. Aasland cut. It measures 3"x2"x1/2" and is of a superb
circular floral design that looks like it would be beautiful for a pocket watch case.
It looks like the Air Chasing Graver is working out just fine. I am doing
my best engraving I have ever done with this new engraver. The control is what I believe
is giving me good cuts.
Lee-Joyce Designs Inc.
From the preset settings I can produce a cut so fine that it is equivalent
to the lightest touch of a push graver, so much so that the lightest cut is barely visible
by eye. The fabulous part of the Chasing Graver is that I can now go from a standard cut
to the finest imaginable cut with no adjustment. I simply love that. Also I think its just
fabulous the way it cuts, unlike other impact engraving tools which raised a lot of burs,
your unit cuts so well that there are no burrs. That's so cool!!!
I am a beginning engraver, and I have been very impressed with the Air
Chaser Graver. It is easy to use and adjust and very versatile. As a tool maker
professionally I appreciate the simplicity of a well designed tool and the workmanship
that is evident in this tool.
Tool and Die Maker
I wish to say that the tool does everything that I had hoped it would do
and more. I'm very impressed although I can't say that I'm surprised. You are not charging
enough for this tool....that's right, I can say this , ...I have mine now. A handmade tool
of this caliper, with this kind of high tolerance and fit/finish is worth at least as much
as the production made impact engraving tool made by other companies. When I happened on
to your website and saw that you were selling them I couldn't believe it. When I saw they
were only $750 I knew I would have one....I had to hurry before you changed your mind or
something. The more I have thought about it I probably would have found the money to pay
$1500 or more. It is a rare item. Ain't gonna get it cheaper any where else.
Engraver/Knifemaker/Tool and Die Maker
Note: Andy emailed a picture of a beautiful knife he made and engraved using his Air Chasing Graver.
Yes, I did receive the tool on Friday. I had to sort of chase the
postman for it as I had to sign for it. I set it up this morning and it's AWESOME.
Cuts smooth with incredible control. Really a sweet tool. Nice work. Will
report back later with more. thanks
I was playing with the tool again this morning....it just purrs in your
hand waiting to go.....nothing like the feel of quality....
Engraver/Knifemaker/Tool and Die Maker
Note: The below feedback is from the engraver Barry Trindle with his
first response after trying an earlier prototype of the tool. He has a variety of other
impact engraving tools. The earlier Air Chasing Graver prototype he was using did not have
the port adjusting mechanism. Instead it was supplied to him with several weighted
pistons. They were ported to not quite the longest stroke of the adjustment mechanism in
the current Air Chasing Gravers...although one of the small pistons may have been set to
about mid point.
"I got the handpiece hooked up directly to the air source tonight and did a little
cutting in a chunk of 416. This is 1/4" 416 clamped in the 50 lb ball so it is very
nice to cut. I tried all 4 pistons. The heavy ones really hit hard! I was taking a heavier
cut than I usually do just to see what it will do. Wow! You could plow with it! It has
much more power than I need for lines but I want to try it on background with a wide flat,
should really be the deal for that. Amazing anything so small can hit so hard. I tried the
small pistons and I really like them, they give me a much higher impact rate than my other
impact tools. Judging by the sound your tool is running nearly twice the speed of my other
tools with the light pistons. For me, high impact speed reduces tool breakage and makes