How Do I Choose the Best Engraving Pens?

Engraving tools are commonly made of carbon steel and hardened steel.
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Engraving pens are objects used to carve designs and words into hard surfaces. To choose the best engraving pen, an individual should consider the following factors: cutting ability, convenience, price, and level of engraving experience. Particular engraving pen options like diamond tips and air engravers are thus advisable for some individuals with these factors in mind. On occasion, engraving pens may also refer to traditional writing pens that contain engravings with personalized information. In cases where the pen is the engraved object, appearance and writing reliability are key variables.

In general, engraving tools come in three varieties: air engravers, electric engravers, and laser engravers. Laser engravers are typically the most powerful cutting tools, but both laser and electric engravers can produce deep cuts on hard surfaces. These types do require more precision, however, so they are more frequently used by individuals with engraving experience. For safety and affordability, air engravers might present the best alternative for the amateur.

An ideal engraving pen should cut into many types of surfaces, from plastic to metal. Pen tips that are made from a durable material will offer the best results. Diamond tips are perhaps the best at cutting through hard surfaces, but tungsten carbide may prove effective as well. These latter types also generally have lower prices. Further, tips with rounded surfaces will likely be less proficient in making necessary cuts.


Devices for engraving are often measured via cuts per minute, or CPM. This number can range in the high thousands. In most cases, a higher CPM ratio equates to finer engraving. As such, lower CPM numbers are often more useful for larger surfaces whereas a high CPM ratio indicates the tool can be effectively used on smaller surfaces. These figures and other purchasing considerations can best be compared through thorough online research and consumer recommendations.

Another factor in choosing engraving pens is convenience. If an individual desires flexibility in movement, then a more lightweight pen should be sought. Smaller weights range from about 1 to 1.25 pounds (about 0.45 to 0.57 kilograms). In addition, varieties that operate via palm mechanisms allow more freestanding portability. For comfort, many engraving pens also have a cushion-like texture around the finger grip.

Engraving pens may sometimes refer to writing utensils that have individual or personal information engraved on the pen’s surface. Choices for these personalized engraving pens may depend on individual taste, as colors and sizes vary. Many companies do offer an array of design templates. Both the pen and the engraving should be made with materials that will endure frequent use, so stainless steel is one hardy option. If the engraved pens are for advertising purposes, businesses may wish to buy discount bulk packages and pick designs that are large and eye-catching.



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An engraving pen can make a really neat gift for those involved in crafting and other artistic pursuits.

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