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bought Pfeil's L 12/1
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Jan 20, 2019 2:14pm
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Like the subject says, I finally gave in and ordered Pfeil's L12/1. I follow a few linocutting artists and there are a lot of people who really like their stuff. I want the finest v gouge that I can possibly get - I've been working with Speedball, in fact, a Speedball linocut set I've borrowed from a friend, ages ago. I'm really excited to get it and try it out! What do you guys work with? I looked into flexcut too, but it sounds like their blades move a bit, which I don't want.
Re: bought Pfeil's L 12/1
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Reply to: #970481 by coldsnap
Jan 20, 2019 2:36pm
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I carve a ton if linocuts and relief prints using pink. My number one gouge is still a speedball #1. To me, the only important thing is that they are well sharpened and honed regularly. I do have woodcutting tools and a miniaturized Staedtler too. I haven't tried Pfeil's.

You can check out my artwork on the following pages.

https://www.facebook.com/SpeckledRoseCrafts/?ref=profile_intro_card

https://www.instagram.com/laurasroses/
Re: bought Pfeil's L 12/1
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Reply to: #970482 by LROSEM
Jan 20, 2019 2:56pm
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Those are beautiful stamps!
Re: bought Pfeil's L 12/1
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Reply to: #970481 by coldsnap
Jan 20, 2019 4:13pm
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I have a Flexcut and I love it. I use a variety of gouges depending but the Flex has become my go-to tool. No slipping for me. I wrote s write up here:

https://www.atlasquest.com/boards/message.php?msgId=942720

The links to the pics are broken but the photos can be found in the toolbox here:

https://www.atlasquest.com/gallery/viewalbum.php?albumId=4518

I hope you post a review after you’ve had a chance to use the Pheil a bit!

DZ
Re: bought Pfeil's L 12/1
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Reply to: #970483 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 20, 2019 4:23pm
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Thank you. :)
Re: bought Pfeil's L 12/1
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Reply to: #970483 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 20, 2019 4:48pm
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Those are beautiful stamps!

The carve she did of my daughter and son-in-law is amazing!!
Re: bought Pfeil's L 12/1
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Reply to: #970488 by Rocklun
Jan 20, 2019 5:52pm
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And she did my amazing sig stamp!
Re: bought Pfeil's L 12/1
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Reply to: #970482 by LROSEM
Jan 20, 2019 6:11pm
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I had my speedball for a while. How do you guys sharpen your tools?
Re: bought Pfeil's L 12/1
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Reply to: #970492 by condo
Jan 20, 2019 8:21pm
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How do you guys sharpen your tools?

Kirbert has written up a pretty good tutorial.
Re: bought Pfeil's L 12/1
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Reply to: #970481 by coldsnap
Jan 21, 2019 1:53am
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Re: bought Pfeil's L 12/1
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Reply to: #970481 by coldsnap
Jan 21, 2019 2:01am
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I looked into flexcut too, but it sounds like their blades move a bit, which I don't want.

Either one will probably take some getting used to, as these lino cutters are designed to be held in the palm for applying enough force to cut lino or wood. Carving rubber doesn't require as much force, so some of us mount Speedball nibs in Speedball pen holders and hold them like a pen when carving.

I don't think the Flexcut moving will be a problem when cutting rubber. It might be an issue cutting wood, but it's such a quality product that I can't imagine it's a problem. It's more likely a feature!

IIRC, the Flexcut nib can be separated from its wooden handle -- which may be a plus for rubber carving. You could either devise a lighter handle or possibly carve with no handle at all.

If you need your new tool modified, I'm available. I have modified a couple of these things, but not many; I can appreciate that someone paying that kinda cash for a new tool isn't anxious to send it off to me to hack it up.