Quick Reference - Popular Engraving Tools and Engraved Material
2L Designs, Tests, and Manufactures our Solid Carbide Engraving Tools in house.
You can use many different types of engraving tools for your application. The type of engraving tool you use will affect the appearance of the engraved line.
We have listed in order of preference a few of our popular tool bits with the materials each tool is most typically is used to engrave.
- This table is for general information to get you started. Determining the best tool bit for your application can require trying a few different tools.
- Our Engraving Tools can be used in a Spring Loaded Engraving Tool, or held in a rigid holder such as a Collet, End Mill Holder, etc.
- We offer many other engraving tools and maintain stock on many of our tool bits.
- This is a quick reference list. See the complete list of all our Engraving Tool Bits and Materials for use here.
Popular Engraving Tool Bits - for Hard Materials
|Tough Tip Engraving Tool® for Steels and Stainless*||Standard Conical for Harder Materials||Single Flute Conical Ballnose||2 Flute Conical Ballnose|
|Cold Rolled Steel||1||2||3||4|
|Woods (hard woods)**||---||1||3||4|
Popular Engraving Tool Bits - for Softer Materials
|Tough Tip Engraving Tool ® for Aluminum||Standard Conical for Softer Materials||Single Flute Conical Ballnose||2 Flute Conical Ballnose|
|Aluminum - Anodized||2||1||3||4|
|Aluminum - Hard Coat Anodized||2||1||3||4|
|Acrylic - 3D & Reverse Engraving||---||2||1||3|
|Plastics - Generic||3||1||2||4|
* The Tough Tip Engraving Tool is covered by U.S. Patent 8,021,085.
** For very small/fine jewelry engraving see the Profilers for Softer Materials