The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > The Smithy

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old January 17, 2000, 08:59 PM   #1
Shutoku Shia
Member
 
Join Date: November 9, 1998
Location: San Leandro, California, U.S.A.
Posts: 48
Does anybody know the differences bewt. stippling and hand matting? I just received a catalog from Novak, Inc. and one of the custom work they do on Browning High Power is the hand matte/matting (?) of the front and backstrap.

Does anybody know how this differs from strippling?

Thank you.

Shutoku
San Jose, California
Shutoku Shia is offline  
Old January 17, 2000, 10:51 PM   #2
George Stringer
Staff Alumnus
 
Join Date: October 12, 1998
Location: Earlington KY
Posts: 2,299
****oku, that's the first I've heard of the term. I hope someone can enlightn us. It might just be a new age way of saying stippling. George
George Stringer is offline  
Old January 18, 2000, 09:21 AM   #3
Rosco Benson
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 20, 1998
Posts: 374
It is really just a terminology thing. For example, Novak calls gently rounding all of the edges and corners on a pistol a "carry bevel package". Other 'smiths call it "dehorning". Others carry the process to the extreme and call it a "meltdown". Novak calls his type of stippling "hand-matting", while others just call it "stippling" or other names (the Gunsite Gunsmithy/Ted Yost calls it "sharkskin").

In the area of "stippling", there are some different techniques. Clark offers their "tiger tooth" stippling, wherein a punch is used to raise individual burrs in a widely-spaced and regular pattern. Other 'smiths just use an air-hammer to beat the surface into a uniformly lumpy and rough surface. Novak's hand-matting results in a uniformly roughened surface that looks a bit like "woodgrain". The hand-matting technique can be executed so as to give a surface that is pretty rough...for frontstraps and backstraps...or only slightly rough, for the tops of slides and other essentially decorative use.

Rosco

[This message has been edited by Rosco Benson (edited January 18, 2000).]
Rosco Benson is offline  
Old January 18, 2000, 08:31 PM   #4
VictorLouis
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 12, 2000
Location: Arizona
Posts: 2,292
I duplicated the "matte" texture w/an electric engraving pen, like that used to put your license # on the back of your TV set. It did real well on the frontstrap of both an alloy and a polymer frame. It is far less aggressive to the metal, and is smoother than stippling. I feel it provides a great gripping surface.
VictorLouis is offline  
Old January 18, 2000, 11:01 PM   #5
EQUALIZER
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 12, 1999
Posts: 657
Victor,

Did you use the vibrating engraver? I tried it on aluminum scrap and with practice looks pretty good. What I'd realy like to do is a frontstrap and blank ms housing with a snakeskin pattern. Its too easy to mess up a uniform pattern with the engraver. I'll probably just use a random deep stippling with the sharp burrs rounded, unless I get any better ideas.

Krebs did a GREAT looking snakeskin pattern for one of the gun mags (American Handgunner or Handguns?). I talked to him and he doesn't do them because he said it takes too long to do and he has to charge too much. I wish I had the equiptment to do it. Best looking I've ever seen.

Just an idea.....I have some of the world's prettiest snakes (not to mention lizard, gator, and frog) in the freezer waiting to have the hides tanned. Has anyone ever seen a reptile skin epoxied and stretched across the frontstrap, secured under the grip panels? I don't know how good it would grip, but I can picture a multicolored snake skin and in my mind looks great.........Awwww, I'll probably just stipple.

robert
EQUALIZER is offline  
Old January 19, 2000, 01:07 PM   #6
Shutoku Shia
Member
 
Join Date: November 9, 1998
Location: San Leandro, California, U.S.A.
Posts: 48
Rosco, thank for the info. So essentially, hand matte is just an an alternative term for more commonly used stippling.

Shutoku
Shutoku Shia is offline  
Old January 19, 2000, 02:21 PM   #7
VictorLouis
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 12, 2000
Location: Arizona
Posts: 2,292
EQ: Yes, a vibrating engraver. Wore hearing protection and did indeed practice on scrap alum. before I began. Found it MUCH easier to stay within the borders vs. stippling w/a punch and hammer.
VictorLouis is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.08026 seconds with 9 queries