From time to time I am asked about the basic set of gravers and files needed to cut punches so here is a good list. Could be shorter, could be longer but with this set you can do *a lot*. You will also need a good white (smooth) Arkansas stone
of about 15 x 5 cm and an India stone
of the same size (Norton combination stones are good) for reshaping and sharpening tip of the gravers. The easiest way to get handles for the gravers is to buy champagne corks on eBay. And for giving the proper shape to the gravers a *wet* bench grinder will be necessary.
Vallorbe gravers, needle and escapement files can be purchased at: www.egltools.com
(good customer service)
For general purpose files, this is also good store: www.zamro.nl
*It’s always good to check the Vallorbe
’s website and download their PDF catalogues.
Vallorbe (HSS or WS steel):
General purpose files:
Get a good number of flat files, single and double cut of very fine, fine and medium fine teeth in 25 - 35 cm.
A long file (35 cm) of single cut and small teeth is good for giving the punch's bottom a nice finishing.