Lino Cutting, Wood Cutting & Engraving
Tools and Supplies
Lino and Lino-Cutting Tools
Lawrences are well known for their excellent lino and lino-cutting tools. They have Artist Quality Tools and even their Student Quality Tools are excellent. They can sharpen or regrind tools to suit you, for a fee. If offered pen-nip style tools, decline politely (see Lino Cutting Tips for more on that!).
The lino-cutting tools can be used for woodcuts too, and there's a set of Japanese Woodcut Tools which look interesting. Their Basswood Woodcut Blocks are accurately cut to type height so they can be printed together with type or other blocks.
Bench Hooks & Hand Guards
Bench Hooks hold your lino still so you can keep your free hand safely away from slipping tools. You can make one yourself quite easily, if you don't mind a bit of DIY. If you like to turn the lino about as you work, try a hand guard instead.
Lawrences is also the place to go for wood engraving tools. Their sharpening/shortening service (ring them for details on 0845 644 32 32) is perhaps most important for wood engravers, so cost it in when you're buying new tools.
Our knowledge of modern alternatives to lino and endgrain blocks is sorely lacking. Do you have any experience with these products? Are they pleasant to work with? Do they suit letterpress reproduction? We'd be grateful for your thoughts!
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