The Best Dapping Sets came from Germany about 30 years ago then we
got French sets that were marketed by the Swiss and Germans. The last
good European sets came from Italy and Spain which have also stopped
The current East European dapping sets are made in Ukraine and
Romania. These are hardened and perfectly round made on CNC with the
best Steel I have seen so far better than any of the earlier Western
China may have just started I have not yet seen one. There are a few
made in Mexico and India. I wish the Mexicans stick to Tacos.
We have both the good and the ugly coming out of India. There are
several Indian qualities. Remember you get what you pay for. There
are 3 qualities from India. Low, Medium and Deluxe.
Four steps to look for in a dapping set. 1. Round 2. Hardness 3.
Size 4. Polish
If it is not round it is not worth going to the next step. Next it
would be good to have a hardened piece so if stay that way with no
dents & marks. The Range and accuracy of size is also desirable.
Polished Dapping punches are more desirable than one with tooling
marks & lines.
Pricing will depend on these four factors. So it all depends on your
If you are not going to be serious about cooking you do not need the
best knife perhaps a good Can opener will serve you better. In this
case a few good Ball Pien Hammers.
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