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Old 12-01-2021, 05:40 PM
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What do you think, just picked it up today.

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What do you think, just picked it up today.

Otto Carter did it for me.











Very stylish. I like it! Not overdone, very nice. Do you mind if I ask the cost. I've been thinking for some time now, I'd like to have at least 1 engraved revolver.
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Beautiful work.
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I love the German style of engraving. Great job.
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When I saw the thread title I knew it had to be a 460! That's certainly the first tattooed one I've seen. Beautiful work. And I have no doubt it'll still get shot!!
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When I saw the thread title I knew it had to be a 460! That's certainly the first tattooed one I've seen. Beautiful work. And I have no doubt it'll still get shot!!
Already took care of that

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First scratched up 460 Iíve ever seen. VERY nice!
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I have to say I like it!
The blackened background really makes it pop and sing. 😎
Since itís stainless steel how does he do that? Anybody know?
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In today's world, I would doubt that it's been hand engraved with hammer and cutting implements; but I really don't know. I believe that most engravers are now using the most modern 'gravemeister' (or maybe even more modern CNC type) machines. OP, can you tell us? Did you witness any of the engraving being done? It looks nice no matter how he cut it.
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Old 12-01-2021, 08:47 PM
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In today's world, I would doubt that it's been hand engraved with hammer and cutting implements; but I really don't know. I believe that most engravers are now using the most modern 'gravemeister' (or maybe even more modern CNC type) machines. OP, can you tell us? Did you witness any of the engraving being done? It looks nice no matter how he cut it.
Hammer and chisels- check out his web site.
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Old 12-01-2021, 10:00 PM
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He is a master engraver - his time is valuable, so assume it wasn't cheap. That gun is beautifully done. I really appreciate the way he has used the satin finish and the blacked-out areas to create depth and texture. The folks who do this are true artisans. The patience required to do this is beyond me.
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The stainless going to black as the trigger guard reaches up is really nice.
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I'm no expert on engraving but I think it looks very nice!!
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Old 12-01-2021, 11:12 PM
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That's just gorgeous. Well worth whatever it cost. That's one to be proud of.
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Great looking .460 👍! The contrasting background really makes the engraving stand out nicely.
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Old 12-02-2021, 01:08 AM
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Two words sum it up: magnificent & outstanding! I'll bet you can't get the smile off your face.
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Congratulations on a beautiful addition to the Family
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I love it! Beautifully executed.

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Tasteful without being gaudy. Nice.
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Very Nice.......
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Wow that truly is a work of art!!
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Absolutely beautiful engraving! Congrats!
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Thanks Ruggy, I checked out the website and sure enough, he says: all by hand and no machines...that's rare these days. Thanks for the pointer.

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Beautiful work.
All single point shading,,no use of a liner tool.
A liner is popular as it saves a ton of time but it cuts multiple lines that are parallel with each other.
Single point shading,,cutting each and every shade line one by one allows you to have the lines converge, vary in thickness and break up into small segments as needed to create the shading 'color'.
All those differences in those shading lines makes creating the different grey tones from white all the way through to black on a steel surface.
Even dots are used in some engraving and that's when you get into 'bullino' engraving techniques.

The jet black background on this is likely the addition of a black compound painted onto the surface and into the lines and background. Then the excess is wiped off of the surface leaving the black in the cuts.
It's sold as for just that purpose from Engraver Supply outlets. The solvent part of the stuff is usually acetone. I think I still have some,,somewhere.
Some engravers have their own mix that they use.

What also helps is that the metal was not polished to a blinding bright brilliant polish. It has a beautiful even polish that allows the engraving to show and even more with the black accencent added.

Pattern is beautifully designed and layed out. Much thought went in to it.
The style reminds me a lot of how Lynton McKenzie used to design and cut his work.

Hammer & Chisel engravers are in the minority now. A very small minority.
Most new engravers don't even ever try to work with the hammer or hand push gravers. They use them as props in beauty shot pictures of their work.
...Right to the air assist tools for the actual cutting.
I think that's a mistake. But they are looking for results,,and all have visions of a Gun Magazine cover with a picture of their work on it.
Results matter at that point.

Many seasoned engravers that were using the hand tools quickly switched to the air assist tools when they hit the market in the 70's.
Saved time, a money maker for the full timer for sure.

The first real successful commercially available one was the GraverMeister. Then the GraverMax, There were others like the N-Graver.
It made for a lot of inexpensive hand engraving tools on the second hand market!

Learning 'Chasing' (Hammer & Chisel) is a long process and can be very frustrating. Many just give up before seeing results.
Then add the use of 'Gravers',,a simple engraving bit in a hand/palm tool. That's another very difficult tool to master all over again.
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Man, that's one handsome hogleg.

Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Otto does beautiful work. Saw his engraved derringers years ago and was instantly a fan.
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Bought this in Ď07, decided to engrave it in 2018 as a birthday present to me. This and a Browning 22 Auto are my only engraved guns. Want to do a Mod 60-3 but S&W engraver is very expensive. Any recommendations on a good engraver besides S&W?

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Bought this in Ď07, decided to engrave it in 2018 as a birthday present to me. This and a Browning 22 Auto are my only engraved guns. Want to do a Mod 60-3 but S&W engraver is very expensive. Any recommendations on a good engraver besides S&W?
I would say say all good engravers charge for their time.
I would whole heartily recommend Otto.

I would recommend you call the engravers and discuss your project so expectations are set on both sides.
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Bought this in Ď07, decided to engrave it in 2018 as a birthday present to me. This and a Browning 22 Auto are my only engraved guns. Want to do a Mod 60-3 but S&W engraver is very expensive.

Any recommendations on a good engraver besides S&W?
Go to the FEGA website:
Firearms Engravers Guild of America

There are many gifted members there, including Otto Carter. You can look up their listings, see some examples of their work, etc.

They have an annual trade show in Vegas where you can meet them in person and discuss your project.
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I usually don't care for engraved revolvers or pistols. This is an exception. I love it! Absolutely beautiful.
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Most artistic and creative! Thanks to the dense and masterful engraving strokes, the artistic center of gravity (with the the darkened background) distinctly echoes the physical center of gravity.

Conversely, the subtle support afforded the muzzle by lighter engraving, discreetly blackened at underside, lifts up the muzzle and lightens the overall appearance. Bravo!
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