Spitsticker

Here’s another profile in the family of wood engraving tools – or cutters. Note that the sides are not straight but rather bowed like the hull of a boat. When incising a line with this tool a skilled engraver can vary the width of the line according to the depth of the cut.

Some engravers prefer this tool over the regular graver discussed in an earlier post because it allows for a bolder looking print.

The fattest spitsticker is also called a bullsticker.

Here’s a spitsticker in profile. Note the secondary bevel on the tip of the tool. Click on the image and you’ll get a closer view.

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