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Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Kim Metzger, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. William Rogers

    William Rogers

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    Bill you and John do a lot better than I do. Yours looks much more refined. I don't have the ball tip and that may be part of the reason. I've been using what is rounded tip in my burnmaster. I do like the burn method, but also the dremel when I don't want it to stand out. "Billy", my cousins still call me Billy.
     
  2. Mark Wollschlager

    Mark Wollschlager

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    I have been using the Razertips for a few years.
    After watching Cynthia Carden Gibson demo, I adjusted the low set point a bit less and achieved a more controllable light burn for signatures.
    That adjustment is found on the dual SS-D10.
    I like the assortment of pens. I use a small skew or a tight radius tip rather than a ball for signing.
    Their signing ball tip might work on some tight ( or no ) grain woods, but I have inconsistent results signing on wood across grain.
    The only real criticism I have is the high temp recovery is less useful for branding type work than other units.
    I do that very little, so it's not a big deal for me.
     
  3. Bill Boehme

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    The signature in the picture was actually done using a Detail Master pen tip before getting any ball tip pens from Optima.

    I learned this this in a class act hat I took from Andi Wolf: use 1500 grit silicon carbide paper to polish the tip to a smooth round shape. It is easier to write with a tip if it is kept clean of debris and oxidation.
     
  4. john lucas

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    When I'm doing pyrorgrapy, not just writing my name but it would work there also, I keep a sheet of paper hand and use that to sort of polish off the grit that gets on the tip. It keeps it clean and easy to move across the wood. I just take the tool and drag it across the paper quickly so it doesn't do more than scortch the paper but cleans the tip.
     
  5. Bill Boehme

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    I use a rag for the same purpose. If more cleaning is needed I use a small brass bristled brush like the one pictured below. Be sure to turn the power off when cleaning the tip with a brush.

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  6. odie

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    I've been using a brass brush to clean the tip.....never did turn the power off. Why do you?
     
  7. Bill Boehme

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    I'm just playing it safe to avoid any possibility of over current failure of the current switching device (thyristor ot triac) in the control electronics of the power supply.

    Besides that, I like to feel the tip with my fingers to make sure that it clean of all debris. I have a hard time doing that when the tip is blazing hot. :eek:
     
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