I’m the Training Coordinator and current President for our local silversmithing club. It’s an awesome group of folks - a great community and lots of good equipment. Each piece of key equipment has an “Owner” who oversees maintenance, training, and (if required) certifications.
Our (Durston) rolling mill Owner has a hard and fast rule - absolutely no steel texture plates what-so-ever, NO WAY!!!
The rationale is that someone “might damage” the mill and also may scratch the rollers, leading to “scratches on others’ work”.
This leaves an expensive piece of equipment limited to just brass, paper, and organic (e.g., lace) texturing of copper and silver. (No one fabricates sheet or wire in our club.) We thus can only use steel texture plates on a hydraulic press.
Given Durston’s 84 RHC hardness rollers and the jewelry community’s lonng use of steel texture plates at large - this makes no sense. (I wrote Durston for some technical and business support - they just refer to YouTube. Pepe tools endorses using steel plates. Local Potter U.S.A likewise supports their use.)
Has anyone else encountered realistic risks from using commercial steel texture plates? Of course we train and oversee equipment use, so it’s not like we leave equipment open for uncontrolled use by untrained persons.
Thanks for any tangible or moral support.