Currently there are more options for gravers and handles than there have ever been. GRS® has many versions on the market, there are Quick-change gravers, C-Max gravers, and traditional gravers as well as the wide variety of handles. But, sometimes you just want to know how to get
There is no “official rulebook” on how to install a graver into a handle, but here are a few suggestions that might help.
You should begin with a graver and then find a handle you like, there are many handles to choose from.
For our purposes I will go with one like G. G has a flat side that will allow more versatility in the degree of angle you can put on the graver. And it happens be one I have.
- Take the graver and prep the tang by grinding it a little so it will fit into the hole we’re going to drill in the handle.
You can use a standard bench grinder like this one…
OR you can use a grinding wheel like this
mounted on a flex shaft. Either will work, but be sure to keep a dish of water handy so you can dunk the graver into the water and keep it cool while grinding. If the graver gets hot you will change the temper of the steel and the graver won’t function as well.
- Prep the handle for the tang. Use a drill bit slightly smaller than the diameter of the tang and drill a hole in the handle about one-inch deep
- Putting the graver in the handle. Place the graver in a vise or on top of a hard piece of wood. Set the handle on the tang and tap on the handle using a mallet.
- Check the length of the graver. Place the graver with the handle buried in the heel of your hand and grab the graver with the forefinger and thumb, mark off the graver with a permanent marker.
- Cutting the graver to the right length. Take a separating disk mounted in a flex shaft and score the graver at the mark.
And then break the graver using pliers.
- Reshape the cutting end. Use the same grinders you would in step 1 and grind the tip into the desired shape.
The rest is sharpening the graver for its intended use. Sharping a graver is another art form in itself and we recommend consulting a DVD dedicated to sharpening. Some good DVDs are: Easy Step-by-Step Graver Sharpening by GRS and The Expert’s Guide to Graver Sharpening by Sam Alfano.