I don’t like scribing: Nope, not a bit. That may be a strange way to begin the description of a new scribing tool but that’s how I roll 🙂
Since I loath scribing, I spent years looking for a scribing tool that would make the chore easy maybe even enjoyable?
That tool doesn’t exist: not for me anyway.
Breaking the scribing barrier, required that I divide the process into two distinct steps:
1) Scribing the Pilot Line
2) Enlarging the Pilot Line
This two-step approach affords maximal control when performing the most important step—The Pilot Line.
If the pilot line, made by the first couple of swipes of the scriber, is off or askew, the rest of the line will follow: deeper and deeper into the plastic producing a line that has to be repaired and scribed over.
Depending on your experience and luck, you might be entering a world of pain.
In my experience a simple, sharp, needle-point scriber is the best tool for making that initial pilot line. I prefer to make those first swipes using very little pressure: allowing the weight of the tool to provide the pressure while I focus on following the template or scribing tape accurately.
Since this scriber has two collets that fit into each end of the handle simultaneously, the assembled tool is heavy and steady in the hand–perfect for scribing that pilot line. In addition, the two collets have different sized ends providing a total of 4 different sized collets.
The 2 Fine Needles included are the ideal size for small scale pilot lines. The 2 Coarse Needles can be used for scribing pilot lines in larger scales OR enlarging a pilot line to the desired width.
When not being used as a scriber, the 4 different collets allow multiple-sized bits and tools to be inserted snugly into the handle.
This is my favorite kind of tool: simple, well-made, and versatile.