Thanks very much for your reply! I’ve never checked out the machine
shop resource - If they’re not too expensive here (Washington, DC
area) that would be a great solution. Still, I can’t believe none of
the jewelry distributers will sell the punches separately. As you
pointed out, they can get damaged, lost, or ruined somehow, and the
blocks are useless without them. Also, the quality of their
manufacure looks so good that I’m surprised no-one has heard of them.
I bought 4 blocks- rectangular, square, round, and a rectangular
with mitred corners- (or “emerald” in the Frei and Borel catalog).
They’re all 2 rows of openings, plates about 4"x3"x1/2", and are
stamped 7-18mm range, except the square, which is smaller and 8-10mm
I’m very much a beginner at this- just learning to make bezels by
hand- which is great fun and no problem. I’m just starting to gather
tools, and learning how to use them is also adding to my “education”.
Just having such cool looking tools makes one want to use them, and
then of course they have to work. So here I am!