Valentin Yakov's tools are surely amazing but they are well beyond
my budget. I'm on a deadline and can wait no longer so a purchase
has to be made. Can anyone tell me where to get a better than
"economy" but not top of the line set? I thinking around
First of all chasing and repousse are two different disciplines, and
each require different tools.
Repousse tools design to stretch metal, without leaving marks, while
chasing tools compress metal, leaving sharply defined traces.
Repousse tools can be purchased or made if on the budget. Starting
set of repousse tools is 5 to 7 punches and will cover 95% of all
situation for the rest of one’s life.
Number of chasing tools are in hundreds and every new project would
require new ones to be made.
What separates good punch from a bad one is how controllable it is.
The bad news is that cheap tools almost impossible to control and
very frustrating to use. Good ones have to forged individually to a
specific shape and that is expensive process. It takes about an hour
or longer to make a simple punch. It should give an idea of what one
should expect to pay for a set of tools.